The Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner) was recognized as the 2012 Employer of the Year for hiring practices of people with disabilities. An awards ceremony took place at the Wilmington City Council Chambers in City Hall on Thursday, October 25. Councilman Charlie Rivenbark was present to read the City Proclamation and County Commissioner Chair Jonathan Barfied read the County Proclamation.

CSH employee Adrianne Ballard was also recognized at the event. Ballard was one of four nominees to be awarded the 2012 Employee of the Year. She began with the firm as an intern and is now a full-time administrative assistant.

“We are honored to receive this award and we are very proud of Adrianne and all her accomplishments,” said Ben Rose, manager of the firm’s Wilmington office and who accepted the award on behalf of the firm. “We pride ourselves on having a positive working environment that is welcoming for all who work here.”

CSH received this award after being selected by the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities. The Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities and the local Vocational Rehabilitation office has hosted an awards ceremony for employers who hire those with disabilities and their outstanding employees for the past five years.

This awards ceremony is held in conjunction with national Disability Awareness Month as well as Disability Employment Awareness Month as designated by Congress. The theme for 2012, as designated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, was “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive workforce: What can YOU do?” The theme promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce that includes workers with disabilities, who represent a highly skilled talent pool. To learn more about National Disability Employment Awareness Month visit