Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner) today announced that Dan Hartzog, Jr. and Benton Toups have received an AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

The Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rating is a peer review rating system designed to reflect an attorney’s ethical standards and professional ability.  It surveys attorney colleagues across multiple geographic locations and jurisdictions. Attorneys are rated using five key areas including Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience.

Dan Hartzog, Jr. is based in the Cranfill Sumner Raleigh office. He focuses his practice primarily on employment law and municipal liability and has represented clients in state, federal, and administrative proceedings. In the course of his practice, he has obtained defense verdicts and dismissals in a variety of highly contested civil litigation cases, including employment discrimination claims, excessive force claims, wrongful arrest claims, and other alleged constitutional violations. Additionally, he serves as the town attorney for Hope Mills, N.C.

Benton Toups is based in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner, and he serves as Vice Chair of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group. His practice concentrates on Labor and Employment Law as well as Commercial Litigation.  He represents business clients and individuals in proceedings before state and federal courts as well as various government agencies.  Toups also spends a significant amount of his time working with clients to incorporate best practices for avoiding litigation.