RALEIGH, NC – Poyner Spruill is pleased to announce that 20 of its attorneys have been recognized as 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 8 were named as 2017 North Carolina Rising Stars by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine. Each year, the publishers of Super Lawyers Magazine, undertake a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research to identify outstanding lawyers, evaluation of candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and peer achievement, a blue ribbon panel review by practice area and state, and a discipline check of each candidate. No more than five percent of the attorneys in each state are recognized by Super Lawyers.

The 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers list includes the following Poyner Spruill attorneys: Ken Burgess (Health Care, Raleigh), Dan Cahill (Business Litigation, Raleigh), Bo Dempster (Real Estate), David Dreifus (Business Litigation, Raleigh), Nick Ellis (Business Litigation, Rocky Mount), Steve Epstein (Civil Litigation: Defense, Raleigh),  Drew Erteschik(Business Litigation, Raleigh), Susie Gibbons (Employment & Labor, Raleigh), Cecil Harrison (Employment & Labor, Raleigh), Keith Johnson (Environmental, Raleigh), Charlie Livermon (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Rocky Mount), David Long (Business Litigation, Raleigh), Jim O’ Brien (Entertainment & Sports, Raleigh), Tate Ogburn (Business Litigation, Charlotte), Jerry Parnell (Professional Liability: Defense, Charlotte), John Shaw (Construction / Surety, Raleigh), Bill Shenton (Health Care, Raleigh), Lisa Sumner (Bankruptcy: Business, Raleigh), David Terry (Employment & Labor, Charlotte), and Cindy Van Horne (Professional Liability, Charlotte).

In addition, attorneys Karen Chapman (Business Litigation, Charlotte), Sarah DiFranco (Business Litigation, Charlotte), Chad Essick (Land Use/Zoning Raleigh), Caroline Mackie (Business Litigation, Raleigh), Richard Prosser (Creditor Debtor Rights, Raleigh), Bardin Simmons (Banking, Raleigh), Mike Slipsky (Mergers & Acquisition, Raleigh), and Jill Walters (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Raleigh) were named among North Carolina’s Rising Stars for 2017. This coveted list honors up-and-coming attorneys who are either under the age of 40 or have been practicing for 10 years or less.

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