Buxton S. Copeland (Buck) has been practicing in the Workers’ Compensation Defense Litigation Practice Group with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP since 1987. He has litigated hundreds of cases with favorable* results for his clients. He represents employers and carriers in hearings before the Industrial Commission and in appeals to the Full Commission, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.

Along with several other members of the firm, Buck maintains an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a prestigious peer review rating that recognizes attorneys who have reached high levels of skill and integrity.

Representing a variety of employers, including manufacturers, trucking companies, and retailers, has given Buck the ability to handle any issue that arises under the Workers’ Compensation Act. He has obtained successful* results for his clients in cases involving issues such as medical causation, occupational diseases, the going and coming rule, the intoxication defense, injury by accident, and independent contractors, among others.

*Cases or matters referenced do not represent the attorney’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • “The Going and Coming Rule,”  Spring CSH Educational Seminar 2007
  • Buck has taught continuing legal education courses for fellow attorneys sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association. He has spoken on numerous occasions to employers and carriers on a variety of workers’ compensation topics.


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