Voted on by peer attorneys across North Carolina, the annual award highlights the state’s top lawyers in 16 business-related categories.
“I’m delighted to congratulate my deserving colleagues for having earned this honor” said Barry Mann, co-managing partner at Manning Fulton and member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame. “For more than 65 years, Manning Fulton attorneys have consistently been recognized for their expertise and exceptional client service, and this marks the 19th consecutive year our lawyers 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’ 2021 are:
- Stephen T. Byrd for Tax and Estate Planning
- Alison R. Cayton for Real Estate
- Ansley Chapman Cella for Tax and Estate Planning
- William S. Cherry III for Appellate and Employment
- Sandra Martin Clark for Tax and Estate Planning
- William B. Gwyn, Jr. for Business and Corporate
- Kevin A. Prakke for Business and Corporate
- Douglas J. Short for Real Estate
- Jennifer L. Weaver for Business
- Judson A. Welborn for Construction and Litigation
- Bradley S. Wooldridge for Tax and Estate Planning
In addition, William K. Morgan III, co-chair of Manning Fulton’s Government Relations practice, was named a Legal Elite ‘Young Gun.’
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.