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Raleigh, NC, United States – August 15, 2016 – Poyner Spruill LLP attorneys J. Nicholas Ellis and Susanna K. Gibbons were recently selected as 2016 “Lawyers of the Year” for Real Estate Litigation and Employment Law (respectively) in the Raleigh area.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments.

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.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Nick Ellis has been trying cases in the state and federal courts of North Carolina since 1987. He has served as lead counsel in jury trials in federal court and in 13 different counties in eastern North Carolina. Nick has been before juries in cases involving negligence, federal migrant labor issues, contract disputes, wills/trusts and real estate. His clients are generally businesses and individuals being sued, but he also represents plaintiffs in negligence and commercial cases. Nick may be reached at 919.783.2907 or nellis@poynerspruill.com.

Susie Gibbons practices in the areas of employment compliance law, employment defense in litigation and administrative proceedings, and ERISA litigation. She regularly advises and defends clients in the full range of employment related issues, including discrimination, retaliation and harassment, wrongful discharge, Affirmative Action Plans, Fair Labor Standards Act, workplace privacy issues, and Family Medical Leave Act. She also reviews and writes employment contracts, policies and handbooks and is a frequent speaker on these matters. She may be reached at 919.783.2813 or sgibbons@poynerspruill.com.

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