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North Carolina Legal Elite 2021

This year marks the 20th year Business North Carolina has selected a Legal Elite class. Active members of the North Carolina State Bar Association have the right to vote for the attorneys they deem best in sixteen legal categories. Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves and can only elect members of their own firm if they also elect lawyers from other law firms in the same category, with votes weighted more heavily outside the firm. Less than 4% of active state lawyers have been selected for the 2021 Legal Elite class. Moore & Van Allen is pleased to announce that 18 lawyers have been named to Business North Carolina magazine`s legal elite. MVA lawyers named Business North Carolina 2021 Legal Elite include: Winners will be selected through peer nominations of active North Carolina lawyers. Legal Elite is the only award that gives every active lawyer on the North Carolina State Bar the opportunity to participate and vote for their most respected peers. More details on Legal Elite`s voting method and the full list of 2021 winners can be found here. Tuggle Duggins is pleased to announce that four of its lawyers have been selected by their peers to join Business North Carolina`s 2021 Legal Elite.

This year marks the 20th Legal Elite Class of Business Carolina, which is published annually and lists the state`s top lawyers in business-related specialties. This year`s class includes 11 Smith Anderson lawyers, four of whom have been inducted into the Elite Legal Hall of Fame. According to Business North Carolina, less than 4 percent of the state`s 28,000 active lawyers reached their legal elite in 2021. Congratulations to the 2021 Ellis & Winters Legal Elite Winners: We are pleased to announce that Patrick McCroskey has been inducted into the Business North Carolina Legal Elite Family Law Section in 2021. This is Patrick`s 8th consecutive year on this list. Smith Anderson`s lawyers on this year`s list include: Curt Brewer (business), John L. Jernigan (business), Kerry Shad (labor law), Eva Gullick Frongello (intellectual property), Deanna Davis Anderson (litigation), Josh Bryant (tax/estate planning) and Kimberly Quarles Swintosky (tax/estate planning). The top vote collector in each specialty category will be inducted into Business North Carolina`s Legal Elite Hall of Fame and will not be eligible to win again. The members of the Smith Anderson Hall of Fame are Gerald Roach (business), Pete Marino (construction), Allen York (real estate) and Steve Mason (real estate).

Young Moore lawyers selected for induction include: Lawyers who receive the most votes in a category are inducted into the Legal Elite Hall of Fame. Mike Winters (Real Estate) and Jon Sasser (Litigation) are recognized as Hall of Famers after being named Best Vote in their categories in recent years. Young Moore is a civil law firm located in Raleigh, North Carolina, that represents clients in a variety of litigation and transactional matters. Law firm lawyers have extensive experience in commercial, real estate, estates and trusts, litigation, construction, retail and hospitality, trucks and transportation, insurance law and regulation, health care, workers` compensation and administrative law. Schell Bray is pleased to announce that the following lawyers have been selected for admission to the Business North Carolina Legal Elite: Holly Alderman, Doris Bray, Mike Godwin, Thomas Hockman, Amy Kincaid and Paul Livingston. Legal Elite is a list of the state`s top lawyers in business-related categories. In addition, Rudy L. Ogburn is inducted into Business North Carolina`s Legal Elite Hall of Fame in the Tax & Estate Planning category.

Now in its 18th year, Business North Carolina`s Legal Elite is the only award of its kind that gives every active attorney in the state the opportunity to participate. Business North Carolina`s Legal Elite is published annually in January. Young Moore is pleased to congratulate lawyers from peer-recognized law firms for their inclusion in the 2022 edition of Business North Carolina`s Legal Elite, a list of the state`s top lawyers in business-related categories selected by other attorneys. Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored North Carolina`s top lawyers in fourteen categories related to cases selected by their peers. This year, only three percent of prosecutors were selected, based on surveys sent to all active members of the North Carolina State Bar. Patrick is a Certified Family Law Specialist with the North Carolina Board and a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is regularly recognized by the peer review of the Family Law Section of Best Lawyers in America, where he was named Asheville Metropolitan Prosecutor-of the Year three times. He is a frequent admission to North Carolina Super Lawyers and is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated attorney at Martindale-Hubbell. Business North Carolina distributes ballots annually to all members of the North Carolina State Bar who live in North Carolina — and asks everyone a simple question: Which of the Tar Heel lawyers you`ve observed first-hand work would you rank among the best in those categories right now? Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves and can only elect members of their firm if they also elect lawyers from outside the firm in the same categories, the latter being heavier. The lawyer who receives the most votes in each category becomes a member of the Business North Carolina Legal Elite Hall of Fame and is not eligible to win again.

Business North Carolina is a monthly magazine focused on the people, events, and trends shaping business in North Carolina. Since its publication in 1981, it has won more than 100 national awards for its writing, reporting, and design. Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored North Carolina lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina`s Legal Elite, a list of the state`s top lawyers in business-related categories. The selected lawyers are considered by their peers as the best practitioners in their respective fields.