Leigh Ann has tried more than 42 weeks of trial in the last decade representing both corporate defendants and health care providers. She has particular depth of experience in cases involving perinatal injury and death, with first chair defense victories. Leigh Ann has established a reputation for her thorough case preparation and for developing effective trial presentations. She has won cases with potential damage awards in the millions, including a birth trauma case with a life care plan in excess of $23 million.
Leigh Ann was selected for inclusion in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Medical Malpractice Law. She is an “AV” rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell specializing in business litigation and medical malpractice defense. Leigh Ann is also recognized by the 2014 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She represents individuals, businesses, hospitals and health care systems of all sizes, including university hospitals, as well as individual and group health care providers and appears before medical, nursing and dental boards.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Leigh Ann Smith earned her J.D., with honors, from Campbell University School of Law in 1995, where she ranked sixth in her class and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She also served as both Business and Membership Editor of the Campbell Law Review and was a member of the National Moot Court Team. She is on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and serves on the Public Sector Committee Member of the Nature Research Center.