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Two Named “Lawyers of the Year” in Raleigh-Durham

Manning, Fulton & Skinner, P.A. (Manning Fulton) continues its rich legacy of accomplished lawyers with thirty attorneys recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® 2022.

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. “Manning Fulton’s attorneys continue to be honored for their level of experience and quality of work across the firm’s full breadth of practice areas. For more than 65 years, Manning Fulton has built a legacy with accessible, partner-level talent, and we look forward to serving clients throughout the state and Nation for another 65.”

Of the 2022 recipients, litigator J. Gray Wilson is recognized for the first time and six others add additional fields of expertise.

Manning Fulton also adds two “Lawyers of the Year” to its ranks as Tom Lyon was awarded the title for Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, and John Dorsey was awarded the title for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, both 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. Fletcher – Corporate 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, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates

Alison R. Cayton – Real Estate Law

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

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

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

***John C. Dorsey – Corporate Law, Employee Benefits Law (Lawyer of the Year), Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates

Jessica L. Elliott – Real Estate Law

**William B. Gwyn, Jr. – Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Commercial Finance Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law

John A. Hardin – Government Relations Practice

Michael S. Harrell – Commercial Litigation and Family Law

Deborah L. Hildebran-Bachofen – Corporate Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates

***Thomas I. Lyon – Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law (Lawyer of the Year) 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. Taylor – Corporate Law and Franchise Law

**Jessica B. Vickers – Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation, and Insurance Law

Jennifer L. Weaver – Business Organizations, Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law

**Judson A. Welborn – Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Construction Litigation, Land Use and Zoning Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation

*J. Gray Wilson – Appellate Practice and Real Estate Litigation

Bradley W. 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”

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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.

For more information, please visit www.manningfulton.com.

About Best Lawyers®

Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers® has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers® lists are published in leading local, regional and national publications across the globe.

For more information, please visit www.bestlawyers.com.

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