Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP is proud to announce that 25 of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

The attorneys selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014include:

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

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

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; Patrick H. Flanagan, Charlotte

Insurance Law:  Susan K. Burkhart, Raleigh; Ted Smyth, Raleigh

Litigation – Labor and 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; Emerson M. Thompson III (*), Charlotte; David D. Ward, Raleigh; Ted Smyth, Raleigh

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs: Ted Smyth, Raleigh

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

Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers:  M. Andrew Avram, Charlotte; 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©.


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 almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five 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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