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Smith Debnam today announced that attorneys Thurston Debnam, Franklin Drake, Lynn Wilson McNally, John Narron, Byron Saintsing, Rose Stout, and Alicia Jurney have all been named to the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, an established benchmark of legal excellence. This edition marks the tenth straight year Rose Stout and John Narron have been named in Best Lawyers, and the third year in a row for Thurston Debnam.

John Narron has been a partner with the Raleigh-based law firm of Smith Debnam since 1987 and currently leads the firm’s family law section. Rose Stout has represented clients in all aspects of family law for 30 years, particularly in cases involving divorce, child custody, equitable distribution, child support, and alimony. Lynn Wilson McNally is a partner practicing in all aspects of family law, who is also a Certified Family Financial Settlement Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. Alicia Jurney is a family law attorney who also currently serves as a collaborative attorney with the Integrated Accountability and Collaborative Transparency Program (IACT). All four are North Carolina State Bar board-certified family law specialists.

Thurston Debnam is one of the firm’s founding partners with more than 30 years of experience in the areas of business and corporate planning, real estate law, and real estate litigation. He is a certified civil Superior Court Mediator, and currently leads the firm’s business law section. Byron Saintsing, a partner who leads the firm’s construction law practice group, has written and lectured on many topics pertaining to construction and equipment leasing. Franklin Drake concentrates his practice in the areas of creditors’ rights bankruptcy and litigation, with more than 30 years of legal experience, and lectures extensively on compliance matters in the consumer financial services industry.

About Best Lawyers®

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Smith Debnam

Founded in 1972, Smith Debnam is the law firm of choice for clients in the Banking, Financial Services, Equipment Leasing, Construction, Mortgage Servicing, Manufacturing, and Professional Services industries. The firm has extensive experience in state and federal courts across a diverse list of practice areas, including Corporate and Business Law, Business Litigation, Commercial Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Foreclosures, Creditor Representation, Collections, Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Construction Law, Employment Law, Equipment Leasing & Finance, Family Law, Elder Law & Advocacy Services, and Estate Planning & Administration.

Smith Debnam is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.