Best Lawyers Recognizes 30 Firm Attorneys, including 5 as "Lawyers of the Year"

Best Lawyers 2021 Winston-Salem Charlotte

The 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in America© recognizes 30 firm attorneys, including five Bell, Davis & Pitt attorneys named as "Lawyer of the Year."

The "Lawyer of the Year" award recognizes the attorney with the highest overall peer feedback for a practice area in a specific region. The attorneys who received the "Lawyer of the Year" designation for their respective practice area in the Triad are:

A total of 28 attorneys from the firm have been named to the 2021 list of Best Lawyers in America. The Bell, Davis & Pitt attorneys recognized this year, along with the relevant practice area(s), are:

  • Leigh C. Bagley (Banking and Finance Law; Real Estate Law)
  • Joan M. Balderamos (Banking and Finance Law; Real Estate Law)
  • Frank Bell (Real Estate Law)
  • Daniel C. Bruton (Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Bankruptcy Litigation )
  • Colleen L. Byers (Commercial Litigation)
  • D. Anderson Carmen (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Construction Law; Construction Litigation )
  • John A. Cocklereece, Jr. (Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; Corporate Law; Tax Controversy and Litigation; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates)
  • Galen G. Craun, III (Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law)
  • Ward Davis (Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation)
  • William K. Davis (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Banking and Finance Litigation; Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants)
  • Arthur J. DeBaugh (Copyright Law; Intellectual Property Litigation; Trademark Law)
  • Joshua B. Durham (Commercial Litigation)
  • Andrew Freeman (Commercial Litigation; Banking and Finance Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation)
  • Bradley Friesen (Real Estate Litigation)
  • Marc E. Gustafson (Commercial Litigation; Employment Law - Individuals; Labor and Employment Litigation)
  • Justin Hardy (Tax Law)
  • James M. Iseman, Jr. (Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Tax Law; Trusts and Estates)
  • Jason James (Construction Litigation)
  • Mark A. Jones (Criminal Defense: White-Collar)
  • Mallory M. Oates (Real Estate Law)
  • Walter W. Pitt, Jr. (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Real Estate Law)
  • Stephen D. Poe (Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Banking and Finance Litigation)
  • Elizabeth M. Repetti (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Bankruptcy Litigation)
  • Alan M. Ruley (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Banking and Finance Litigation)
  • Amy K. Smith (Elder Law; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates)
  • Robin J. Stinson (Family Law; Family Law Mediation)
  • Kevin G. Williams (Commercial Litigation; Banking and Finance Litigation; Trusts and Estates Litigation)
  • Charlot F. Wood (Commercial Litigation; Employment Law - Individuals; Employment Law - Management; Workers' Compensation Law - Employers)

New this year, Best Lawyers has introduced "Ones to Watch" Awards. These awards recognize attorneys who are earlier in their career for outstanding professional excellence in private practice. Best Lawyers has named the following attorneys as "Ones to Watch":

Recognition for Best Lawyers is based entirely by peer review by leading lawyers. The Best Lawyers methodology includes a nomination process, peer-review voting, analysis of feedback and eligibility check.