Ted Smyth is Of Counsel at the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner. 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. In 2020, Ted was accepted as a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC). He is named in 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 Best Lawyers® 2011 and 2019 Raleigh Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in addition to being included in the 2022 Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” list for Bet-The-Company Litigation. 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 has been accorded the top AV ® ranking by Martindale-Hubbell.  He is a 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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