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55 Parker Poe Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers®

  • July 30, 2009

The Best Lawyers® annual guide to legal excellence lists 55 attorneys from Parker Poe in its just-released 2010 edition. This represents a 15 percent increase in the number of firm attorneys receiving this recognition compared to the previous year.

Parker Poe was ranked #1 in North Carolina in the following legal areas:

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

Parker Poe was ranked #1 in South Carolina in the following legal areas:

  • Administrative
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Legal Malpractice

In addition, Parker Poe was ranked #1 in Charleston, Charlotte, Columbia, Raleigh and Spartanburg  in 23 legal areas.

Fifty-five individual attorneys were recognized as Best Lawyers in more than 30 legal areas, including:


  • J. Walker Coleman IV, Labor and Employment and Land Use & Zoning
  • Matthew J. Norton, Real Estate
  • Susan Taylor Wall, Professional Malpractice and Legal Malpractice


  • Michael G. Adams, Commercial Litigation
  • 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
  • Woodard E. Farmer, Jr., Real Estate
  • Anthony Fox, Land Use & Zoning
  • Richard S. Glaser, Jr., Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • James N. Greene III, Tax
  • Thomas N. Griffin III, Environmental
  • John E. Grupp, Product Liability Litigation and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Irvin W. Hankins III, Commercial Litigation
  • R. Douglas Harmon, Mutual Funds and Securities
  • Josephine H. Hicks, Insurance Defense, Product Liability Litigation
  • William L. Hirata, Public Finance
  • 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 and Commercial Litigation
  • Richard K. Schell, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Roy L. Smart III, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Donald P. Ubell, Public Finance
  • S. Rogers Warner, Jr., Health Care
  • Keith M. Weddington, Labor and Employment
  • Edward W. Wellman, Jr., Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity
  • Eric D. Welsh, Commercial Litigation
  • Grant Whitney, Jr., Real Estate
  • Stacy K. Wood, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Labor and Employment  
  • W. Samuel Woodard, Real Estate


  • Ray E. Jones, Public Finance 
  • David B. Summer, Jr., Administrative and Health Care
  • Ronald J. Tryon, Commercial Litigation  
  • James L. Werner, Commercial Litigation and Construction


  • Catharine Biggs Arrowood, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust, Bet-the-Company Litigation and 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 and Health Care
  • William G. Pappas, Corporate
  • Jeffrey A. Poley, Public Finance
  • Todd M. Rubin, Immigration
  • Robert W. Spearman, Antitrust, Appellate, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property and Professional Malpractice
  • R. Bruce Thompson II, Government Relations and Land Use & Zoning
  • Cynthia L. Wittmer, Commercial Litigation


  • Kevin A. Dunlap, Commercial Litigation and Environmental

Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an annual peer-review survey. For the new U.S. edition, more than 24,126 leading attorneys cast more than 2.8 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties.

About Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has 225 lawyers in six 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.