Twenty-three lawyers from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner) were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

“Our attorneys work hard every day to provide excellent services to our clients, and to have these efforts acknowledged by their peers is an honor,” said Managing Partner Dan Hartzog. “We are also pleased to have five attorneys in our firm included in Best Lawyers for the first time.”

The twenty-three CSH attorneys recognized represent thirteen different practice areas.  The CSH attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 edition include:

Bet-the-Company Litigation:  Dan M. Hartzog, Raleigh 

Commercial Litigation:  Dan M. Hartzog , Raleigh; Lee Poole,*  Charlotte 

Education Law:  Donna R. Rascoe,  Raleigh 

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law:  George B. Autry, Jr.,  Raleigh; Stephanie Hutchins Autry,  Raleigh 

Employment Law – Management:  Paul H. Derrick,  Raleigh 

Insurance Law:  Susan K. Burkhart,  Raleigh

Litigation – Labor & Employment: Paul H. Derrick,  Raleigh; Patrick H. Flanagan,*  Charlotte; Dan M. Hartzog,  Raleigh

Litigation – Municipal:  Dan M. Hartzog,  Raleigh

Mediation:  Richard T. Boyette,  Raleigh

Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants:  Michael C. Allen,*  Raleigh; H. Lee Evans, Jr.,  Raleigh; John D. Martin,  Wilmington; Pankaj K. Shere,*  Raleigh; David D. Ward,  Raleigh 

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants: Dan M. Hartzog,  Raleigh; John D. Martin,  Wilmington; Robert W. Sumner,  Raleigh; David D. Ward,  Raleigh

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants:  Robert W. Sumner,  Raleigh 

Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers:  M. Andrew Avram,  Wilmington; P. Collins Barwick III,  Raleigh; Paul L. Cranfill,  Raleigh; W. Scott Fuller,  Raleigh; Kirk D. Kuhns,  Raleigh; C.D. Taylor Pace,  Raleigh; David A. Rhoades,*  Raleigh; Robin H. Terry,  Raleigh

*Attorneys who are listed for the first time in The Best Lawyers in America®.


About Best Lawyers
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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