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Parker Poe Increases Number of Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America

  • October 01, 2008

The Best Lawyers in America® annual guide to legal excellence lists 47 attorneys from Parker Poe in its just released 2009 edition.  This represents a nearly 20 percent increase in the number of firm attorneys receiving this recognition compared to the previous year.

Parker Poe has more attorneys listed among Best Lawyers in several areas of law in either North Carolina or South Carolina.  These legal areas include:

North Carolina

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust
  • Communications
  • Energy
  • Government Relations
  • Mutual Funds
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Railroad

South Carolina

  • Administrative
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice

Forty-seven individual attorneys were recognized as Best Lawyers in these and more than a dozen additional legal areas.


  • J. Walker Coleman IV, Labor and Employment
  • Matthew J. Norton, Real Estate
  • Susan Taylor Wall, Professional Malpractice


  • David Neal Allen, Mass Tort Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation
  • Harvey L. Cosper, Jr., Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Litigation, Professional Malpractice
  • Jonathan M. Crotty, Labor and Employment
  • Anthony Fox, Land Use and Zoning
  • Richard S. Glaser, Jr., White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • James N. Greene III, Tax
  • Thomas N. Griffin III, Environmental
  • John E. Grupp, Product Liability
  • Irvin W. Hankins III, Commercial Litigation
  • R. Douglas Harmon, Mutual Funds and Securities
  • Josephine H. Hicks, Insurance Defense, Product Liability Litigation
  • Ashley L. Hogewood, Jr., Real Estate
  • Joy M. Hord, Health Care
  • Max E. Justice, Environmental
  • Scott E. Leo, Public Finance
  • Brent M. Milgrom, Jr., Real Estate
  • W. Edward Poe, Jr., Energy
  • J. William Porter, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights
  • William L. Rikard, Jr., Antitrust, Commercial Litigation
  • Richard K. Schell, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Roy L. Smart III, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Donald P. Ubell, Public Finance
  • Keith M. Weddington, Labor and Employment
  • Edward W. Wellman, Jr., Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Stacy K. Wood, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labor and Employment
  • W. Samuel Woodard, Real Estate


  • David B. Summer, Jr., Administrative, Health Care
  • Ronald J. Tryon, Commercial Litigation
  • James L. Werner, Commercial Litigation, Construction


  • Catharine Biggs Arrowood, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
  • Jeffrey A. Bandini, Railroad
  • John J. Butler, Environmental
  • Henry C. Campen, Jr., Communications
  • John L. Crill, Health Care
  • John F. Graybeal, Antitrust
  • Russell B. Killen, Construction
  • Charles C. Meeker, Administrative
  • Renee J. Montgomery, Administrative, Health Care
  • William G. Pappas, Corporate
  • Todd M. Rubin, Immigration
  • Robert W. Spearman, Antitrust, Appellate, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, Professional Malpractice
  • R. Bruce Thompson II, Government Relations, Land Use & Zoning
  • Cynthia L. Wittmer, Commercial Litigation


  • Kevin A. Dunlap, Commercial Litigation

Selection to Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 1 million confidential evaluations by attorneys, nationwide.

About Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP currently has more than 250 lawyers in offices across the Carolinas.  The Firm represents domestic and international clients in litigation and dispute, commercial, transactional and regulatory matters, including employment, environmental and government affairs.