Legal Elite – Construction 2011
PETER J. MARINO Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
If I absolutely had to move my family and practice, it would likely be to New York. My wife and I both have extended family in New York and the Northeast. The public and private construction and real-estate development markets are so diverse there that there would certainly be opportunities to do challenging legal work. The restaurants and theater are tough to beat.
Vita: Born Jan. 15, 1965, in Long Island, N.Y.; bachelor’s from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., law degree from UNC Chapel Hill; wife and four children. Why he chose this field: It was really a combination of my long-standing interest in construction and real estate and the needs and opportunities that presented themselves at my firm. What he’d be if not a lawyer: I’ve been interested in real-estate development and investment for as long as I can remember. I’m fairly sure I’d work in one of those areas in some capacity even if I were not a lawyer. Memorable case: The first two projects in the state undertaken by the newly formed North Carolina Turnpike Authority: the Western Wake Expressway project and the Triangle Parkway project. Passions: Fishing and running. Favorite place: Aspen, Colo. Recent reading: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. It’s about an American mountain climber in the Pakistani Himalayas who stays to build schools in poor communities. Don’t ask him to: Cook anything other than on a grill.
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