Dan M. Hartzog has been named to the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Legal Practice Hall of Fame. Hartzog is an experienced trial attorney who served as Managing Partner of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner) from its founding until 2015.

Hartzog will be inducted into the Legal Practice Hall of Fame during the NCBA Annual Meeting Awards Dinner on June 20.

“Dan M. Hartzog is truly the heart of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, and we congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition,” said Marshall Wall, Managing Partner of Cranfill Sumner. “Dan’s contribution to our firm and to the legal profession can be seen in his relationship with every client, colleague and friend that he’s known and worked with in his more than 40-year career, and we are ever grateful for his leadership, experience, and guidance.”

Hartzog co-founded Cranfill Sumner in 1992 with two colleagues. He has extensive litigation experience and has tried more than 100 jury trials to conclusion with an exceptionally high number of defense verdicts.

He has received numerous awards including holding 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.  He also maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a prestigious peer review rating that recognizes attorneys who have reached high levels of skill and integrity.

He was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2013.  Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or Canadian province.

In 2018 the firm honored his contributions with the new Dan Hartzog Core Value Award, which will be awarded annually to an individual in the firm who best exemplifies the firm’s core values of Client Service, Reputation and Teamwork.