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Three Named ‘Lawyers of the Year’ in Raleigh-Durham, and Still Three More Named Best Lawyers ‘Ones To Watch’

Manning, Fulton & Skinner, P.A. (Manning Fulton) continues its rich legacy of accomplished lawyers with thirty-three attorneys recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2021.

Year over year, Manning Fulton continues to add new attorneys and practice areas to the ranks of Best Lawyers®.

“I am delighted to, once again, see the expertise of my colleagues recognized by such a prominent publication,” said Barry Mann, co-managing partner. “A growing number of Manning Fulton attorneys continue to be honored for their level of experience and quality of work, across the firm’s full breadth of practice areas. Over 65 years, Manning Fulton has built a legacy with accessible, partner-level talent, giving our clients the service they deserve.”

Of the 2021 recipients, four attorneys are recognized for the first time and eleven others add additional fields of expertise.

Manning Fulton also adds three “Lawyers of the Year” to its ranks as Charles Steel IV was awarded the title for Tax Litigation & Controversy, Deborah Hildebran-Bachofen was awarded the title for Trusts and Estates and Michael Medford was awarded the title for Appellate Practice, all in the Raleigh-Durham market.

The Best Lawyers in America© is a global publication released in over 75 countries. This peer review-based publication has evaluated over 10 million lawyers in over 145 practice areas. Manning Fulton continues its recognition in the oldest and most respected legal publication.

The following attorneys were recognized as Best Lawyers for:

**Eugene F. Dauchert, Jr.Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Health Care Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law

**Randolph M. FletcherCorporate Law and Real Estate Law

***Charles L. Steel IV – Corporate Law, Tax Litigation and Controversy, and Tax Law

Reich L. Welborn – Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Real Estate Law

*Joseph B. Bass – Real Estate Law

**Stephen T. Byrd – Business Organizations, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates

Alison R. Cayton – Real Estate Law

Ansley Chapman Cella – Trusts and Estates

William S. Cherry III – Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Labor and Employment Litigation

Sandra Martin Clark – Corporate Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates

James H. Clarke – Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law

**John C. DorseyCorporate Law, Employee Benefits Law, and Tax Law

*Jessica L. Elliott – Real Estate Law

**William B. Gwyn, Jr.Business Organizations, Commercial Finance Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law

*John A. Hardin – Government Relations Practice

Michael S. HarrellCommercial Litigation and Family Law

***Deborah L. Hildebran-BachofenCorporate Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates

**Thomas I. LyonClosely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law and Corporate Law

Barry D. Mann – Real Estate Law

***Michael T. Medford – Antitrust Law, Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Antitrust Litigation, Insurance Litigation, and Labor and Employment Litigation

Kevin A. Prakke – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Securities Regulation

Natalie M. Rice – Commercial Litigation

**Robert S. Shields, Jr.Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law, and Professional Malpractice Law

Douglas J. Short – Real Estate Law

William C. Smith, Jr.Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights, Commercial Litigation, and Construction Litigation

Ritchie W. TaylorCorporate Law and Franchise Law

**W. Gerald Thornton – Corporate Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates

**Jennifer L. WeaverBusiness Organizations, Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Judson A. Welborn – Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Construction Litigation, Land Use and Zoning Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation

*Bradley S. Wooldridge – Corporate Law and Tax Law

*First time recognition in Best Lawyers
**Best Lawyers new area of expertise (new area bolded)
***Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year”

Still three more Manning Fulton attorneys were named to the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers’ “Ones To Watch.” They are:

Andrew W. Blair – Corporate Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates

Whitfield Gibson – Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation

Jessica B. Vickers – Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Litigation

These awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for “outstanding professional excellence in private practice.”

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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.

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