Voted on by peer attorneys across North Carolina, the annual award highlights the state’s top attorneys in 16 business-related categories.
“We congratulate our deserving colleagues for having earned this honor,” said Judd Welborn, the firm’s Managing Partner. “For almost 70 years, Manning Fulton attorneys have consistently been recognized for their expertise and exceptional client service, and this marks the 21st consecutive year our attorneys have been distinguished by peers in and through Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite process. We thank our peers across the state for their ongoing votes of confidence.”
The Manning Fulton attorneys named to Business North Carolina’s ‘Legal Elite’ 2023 are:
- Alison R. Cayton for Real Estate
- William S. Cherry for Employment
- Sandra M. Clark for Tax & Estate Planning
- Jessica L. Elliott for Real Estate
- Randolph M. Fletcher for Business
- William B. Gwyn Jr. for Business
- Michael S. Harrell for Family
- Thomas I. Lyon for Corporate
- Mike Medford for Appellate
- Douglas J. Short for Real Estate
- William C. Smith for Bankruptcy
- Ritchie W. Taylor for Business
- Jessica B. Vickers for Litigation
- Jennifer L. Weaver for Corporate
- Judson A. Welborn for Construction
In addition, the 2023 Legal Elite edition recognizes Manning Fulton’s Hall of Fame member who is ineligible to win again: Barry D. Mann (Real Estate 2005).
About Business North Carolina and its ‘Legal Elite’ Methodology
Business North Carolina is the state’s leading business magazine. Each year, the publication sends ballots to all active members of the North Carolina State Bar who reside in North Carolina. Voters are asked one question: ‘Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories?’ Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves and may only select members of their own firms if they also select out-of-firm lawyers in the same categories, with out-of-firm votes weighted more heavily. Attorneys receiving the most votes in their respective categories become permanent members of the ‘Legal Elite’ Hall of Fame.
This year, fewer than 4% of the state’s 28,000 active attorneys were selected as ‘Legal Elite.’
About Manning Fulton
Manning Fulton was founded in 1955 by Howard Manning and Charles Fulton, and is one of the longest-lasting law partnerships in North Carolina. In its nearly seven decades faithfully serving the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina, Manning Fulton has grown with its clients and this remarkable state. Today, more than 40 attorneys, averaging more than 20 years’ experience in their respective fields, provide the full suite of legal services to businesses and individuals throughout North Carolina. The firm’s attorneys are uniquely committed to first-rate, accessible, no-nonsense expertise and the development of a lasting relationship with every client. Put simply, we focus on what matters.