Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner) is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Dan M. Hartzog has been selected by his peers as the Best Lawyers 2013® “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Bet-the-Company Litigation in Raleigh.  Hartzog is the only lawyer in the Raleigh area to receive this award in “Bet-the-Company Litigation,” making this honor particularly significant.

Hartzog is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the UNC School of Law. He has more than thirty-eight years of trial experience, with over a hundred jury trials to conclusion. Hartzog holds the rank of “Advocate” in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), which is only bestowed upon lawyers who have tried at least fifty jury trials to conclusion as lead counsel. Hartzog was also selected as a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Trial Counsel (AATC) in 2007. The AATC is a lawyer honorary comprised of experienced and effective litigators throughout the United States, and represents less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Academy Fellows are deemed to be among the best trial lawyers in the American bar, who have exhibited accomplishment in litigation and trial work, and have superior ethical reputations.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered an honor. Attorneys listed in Best Lawyers are voted into practice areas entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers. Hartzog has listed in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America®” every year since 2006.

About Best Lawyers
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 more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 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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