Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner) is pleased to announce that John D. Martin, managing partner of the firm’s Wilmington office, has been selected by his peers as the Best Lawyers 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Medical Malpractice–Defendants. Martin is the only medical malpractice defense attorney in the Wilmington area to receive this award, making this honor particularly significant.

Martin has been recognized by his peers and listed in Best Lawyers in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions, and received the “Lawyer of the Year” distinction in 2012 in the area of Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants.

Martin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Campbell School of Law. He has more than twenty-seven years of trial experience, jury and non-jury, and has appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. He is also an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, and the Defense Research Institute.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) 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.

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 Counselmagazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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