Five Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner) attorneys in its Raleigh, Charlotte and Wilmington offices were recognized by Business North Carolina magazine as part of the magazine’s Legal Elite program. Business North Carolina magazine has honored North Carolina lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business related categories, since 2002.

The following attorneys were recognized as Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite 2015 winners in the respective offices and practice areas:

Charlotte Office

Patrick Flanagan, Litigation

Raleigh Office

Daniel G. Katzenbach, Construction
Stephanie Gaston Poley, Litigation
Steven Saad, Criminal Defense

Wilmington Office

Benton L. Toups, Employment Law

Voting for the 2015 Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite was conducted online in 2014. Winners are chosen by their fellow North Carolina lawyers from a statewide ballot. The ballot is distributed through the North Carolina State Bar and asks attorneys living in North Carolina one question – “Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories?” The attorney with the most votes in each category becomes a member of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame and is ineligible to win again. The complete list of 2015 winners appears in the January 2015 issue of Business North Carolina.

For more information about the Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite selection process visit the Business NC magazine’s website.

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