Thirty-three attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner) were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Eight attorneys were selected for inclusion in the list for the first time.

The attorneys selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 include:

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), Marshall Wall (Raleigh)

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

Employment Law – Management:  Katie Weaver Hartzog* (Raleigh), Patrick Flanagan (Charlotte)

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

Litigation – Insurance: Robert Griffin (Raleigh)

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

Litigation – Municipal:  Dan M. Hartzog (Raleigh), Stephanie Gaston Poley* (Raleigh)

Mediation:  Richard Boyette (Raleigh)

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

Municipal Law: Dan Hartzog, Jr.* (Raleigh) 

Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants:  Dan M. Hartzog (Raleigh), Rebecca Knudson (Wilmington), John Martin (Wilmington), Ted Smyth (Raleigh), Robert Sumner (Raleigh), David Ward (Raleigh)

Professional Malpractice Law: Melody Jolly* (Wilmington)

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

Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers:  M. Andrew Avram (Charlotte), James Black IV* (Raleigh), Buck Copeland (Raleigh), Paul Cranfill (Raleigh), W. Scott Fuller (Raleigh), Jennifer Morris Jones (Raleigh), C. D. Taylor Pace (Raleigh), Amy Pfeiffer* (Raleigh), David Rhoades (Raleigh), Erin Taylor (Charlotte), Robin Hayes Terry (Raleigh), Nicholas Valaoras* (Charlotte)

*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.”