Susan Burkhart, an attorney with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Cranfill Sumner), was recently named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Raleigh Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year.” (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” is presented annually to one attorney in each practice area in each market.

Burkhart is the chair of the Insurance Law and Coverage practice in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner and has been with the firm since its founding in 1992. She has attained the highest (“AV”) rating in Martindale-Hubbell, the most prestigious peer review rating for attorneys. Burkhart has also been honored and recognized by her peers as one of America’s Best Lawyers in the area of insurance coverage. She has been listed in the publication, “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2007 and has been selected through balloting as one of North Carolina’s Super Lawyers since 2009.

Since 2009, Best Lawyers® has released a “Lawyer of the Year” recognition. Each award is selected based on voting averages received during peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

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