Ted Smyth is Of Counsel at the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog.  He has been a litigation attorney since 1981 and has been involved in a wide variety of cases involving commercial, insurance, and tort-related issues.  He is named in Woodard/White’s “The Best Lawyers in America” for Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants.

His interest in insurance law has led him to be named Woodard/White’s 2011 Raleigh Insurance Lawyer of the Year.  In 2013, he was selected to be the founding Chair of the newly formed Insurance Law Section for the North Carolina Bar Association.  He has litigated many cases involving tort, insurance-related, and commercial issues, and spoken to professional organizations and written extensively on these topics.

He enjoys litigating a broad range of  cases and has done so for plaintiffs and for defendants.  He believes it is useful in the courtroom to have the perspective and experience that comes from not limiting representation exclusively to either plaintiffs or defendants.

Ted is listed as a North Carolina Super Lawyer and has been accorded the top AV ® ranking by Martindale-Hubbell.  He is the immediate Past President of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Ted and his wife, Melissa, are residents of Raleigh and have three daughters – Elizabeth, Anne, and Margaret.  Ted has spent much of his spare time devoted to local non-profit organizations.  He served as President of Hospice of Wake County in 2002 and 2003.  He served as President of the North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation from 2011 to 2012.  In 2012, he served as the President of the Tenth Judicial District Bar Association, the largest local bar in the state.  He is past Chair of the Insurance Law Section for the North Carolina Bar Association.  He enjoys spending any leftover time hiking with his family in the mountains of Western North Carolina.


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