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Thirty-One Poyner Spruill Attorneys Honored by Super Lawyers


​Raleigh, NC - Poyner Spruill is pleased to announce 21 of its attorneys have been recognized as North Carolina Super Lawyers 2012 and another ten were named North Carolina Rising Stars 2012 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 2012 North Carolina Super Lawyers list includes the following Poyner Spruill attorneys:  Dan Cahill (Business Litigation, Raleigh), Craig Dalton (Estate Planning & Probate, Raleigh), Bo Dempster (Real Estate, Raleigh), David Dreifus (Business Litigation, Raleigh), Glenn Dunn (Environmental, Raleigh), Nick Ellis (Business Litigation, Rocky Mount), Steve Epstein (Civil Litigation Defense, Raleigh),David Fricke (Real Estate, Raleigh),  Chip Gibbons (Tax, Raleigh), Susie Gibbons (Employment & Labor, Raleigh), Cecil Harrison (Employment & Labor, Raleigh), Keith Johnson (Environmental, Raleigh), David Long (Business Litigation, Raleigh), Tom Norris (Estate Planning & Probate, Raleigh), Jim O’ Brien (Entertainment & Sports, Raleigh), Jerry Parnell (Professional Liability:  Defense, Charlotte), John Shaw (Construction / Surety, Raleigh), Bill Shenton (Health Care, Raleigh), David Terry (Employment & Labor, Charlotte), David Warren (Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Raleigh), and Joe Zeszotarski (Criminal Defense:  White Collar, Raleigh).

In addition, attorneys Chris Ayers (Utilities, Raleigh), Karen Chapman (Construction Litigation, Charlotte),  Kevin Ceglowski (Employment & Labor, Raleigh),  Sarah DiFranco (General Litigation, Charlotte), Chad Essick (Land Use/Zoning Raleigh), Julie Hampton (Business Litigation, Raleigh), Jason James (Business Litigation, Charlotte),  Elizabeth Johnson (Consumer Law, Raleigh), Jessica Lewis (Health Care, Raleigh), and Mike Slipsky (Mergers & Acquisition, Raleigh) were named among North Carolina’s Rising Stars for 2012.  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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