Twenty-eight attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner) were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

The attorneys selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 include:

Appellate Practice: Jaye Bingham* (Raleigh)

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

Civil Rights Law: Patrick Flanagan (Charlotte)

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

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law:  George Autry, Jr. (Raleigh), Stephanie Hutchins Autry (Raleigh)

Employment Law – Management:  Paul Derrick (Raleigh), Patrick Flanagan (Charlotte)

Insurance Law:  Susan Burkhart (Raleigh), Ted Smyth (Raleigh)

Litigation – Insurance: Robert Griffin* (Raleigh)

Litigation – Labor and Employment:  Paul Derrick (Raleigh), Patrick Flanagan (Charlotte), Dan M. Hartzog (Raleigh)

Litigation – Municipal:  Dan M. Hartzog (Raleigh)

Mediation:  Richard Boyette (Raleigh)

Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants:  Lee Evans, Jr. (Raleigh), John D. Martin (Wilmington), Colleen Shea* (Wilmington), P.K. Shere (Raleigh), David Ward (Raleigh)

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants:  Dan M. Hartzog (Raleigh), John D. Martin (Wilmington), Ted Smyth (Raleigh), Emerson Thompson, III (Charlotte)

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs: Ted Smyth (Raleigh), Robert Sumner (Raleigh), David Ward (Raleigh)

Product Liability Litigation – Defendants:  Robert Sumner (Raleigh), Marshall Wall* (Raleigh)

Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers:  M. Andrew Avram (Charlotte), Paul Cranfill (Raleigh), Leanne Livengood Dale (Raleigh), Scott Fuller (Raleigh), Jennifer Morris Jones* (Raleigh), Taylor Pace (Raleigh), David Rhoades (Raleigh), Erin Taylor* (Charlotte), Robin Hayes Terry (Raleigh)

*Attorney 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. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore 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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