Since our law firm’s founding in 1912, Smith Anderson has grown to become the largest Research Triangle-based business and litigation law firm, and one of the largest in North Carolina. Representing diverse organizations with local, state, national and international interests, for our 100-year history our lawyers have remained committed to understanding clients' businesses and customizing legal solutions accordingly. Our commitment also extends to our community and the legal profession.
We value long-term relationships with our clients and are constantly working to meet their changing needs. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, insurance companies, public utilities, retailers, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in our region and the nation, as well as emerging growth and technology companies. We also represent smaller businesses and individuals, as well as trade and professional associations and their members.
We represent clients at every level of the judicial system, including the state and federal trial and appellate courts. We also appear regularly before state and federal agencies and in other forums to advance the interests of our clients, and are experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution. We serve our clients by providing sound advice and counsel based upon years of experience and thorough legal analysis. We understand that the law is a means to accomplish our clients' objectives, not an end in itself.
Smith Anderson has a rich tradition of professional and public service. Our founder was a United States Senator and the first North Carolinian elected President of the American Bar Association. Today we remain committed to public service. Current members of the firm hold or have held leadership positions in many professional organizations, including President of the North Carolina Bar Association, President of the American Counsel Association, member of the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors, member of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners, member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, and Chairman of the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association. Our lawyers also serve on the boards of major North Carolina colleges and universities and have served in leadership roles in a wide range of civic, charitable and philanthropic organizations.
Our success, while reflected in our growth, is measured ultimately by the capability of our people and the results we obtain for our clients. We have attracted and developed an exceptional group of lawyers from around the state and nation. We have recruited our lawyers from top law schools, and many practiced with large national and international firms before joining Smith Anderson. Many of our lawyers have been honored locally and nationally for their abilities and are among the most well-respected in the region. We are committed to maintaining and enhancing the resources and expertise necessary to meet our clients' needs.
We are a business ourselves and understand and appreciate that value is important to our clients. Our constant objective is to provide the highest quality legal services, while controlling costs. We are committed to a value-added approach to client services.