Richard Boyette, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner), has been selected as the 2015 Lawyer of the Year byNorth Carolina Lawyers Weekly, in connection with its Leaders in the Law program, co-sponsored by Elon University School of Law, which honors legal professionals who excel in their profession and community involvement.

The Lawyer of the Year is chosen from the 25 attorneys featured in the Leaders in the Law list. Boyette and the other honorees received their awards at the Leaders in the Law awards reception on September 25 at the Hilton Center City in Charlotte.

Boyette is the Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Product Liability and Professional Liability Practice Groups at Cranfill Sumner and is the firm’s general counsel.

With nearly 40 years of experience, Boyette’s career has included broad civil litigation, professional liability and product liability defense and commercial real estate transactional experience. He is also recognized as one of the top mediators in North Carolina, having mediated over 1,500 disputes in a broad range of subject matters.  In 2014, the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE) created the Richard T. Boyette Award for Outstanding Contributions to the NFJE in honor of Boyette’s accomplishments.