Lynn P. Burleson, of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P., has been selected as Raleigh’s “Family Lawyer of the Year” for 2009 by Best Lawyers of America. Burleson has appeared on Best Lawyers’ lists since 1995. This distinction is highly regarded in the law profession as it is an award based on extensive, confidential peer-review surveys completed by thousands of leading lawyers in each field.
“Lawyers of the Year” are selected because they have received particularly high ratings from a majority of their peers during the past two annual surveys. The current edition of Best Lawyers in America (2009) is based on more than 2.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by their professional peers.
According to Best Lawyers, “the selected lawyers have earned a high level of respect among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same specialties for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity. Because lawyers are not required or permitted to pay a fee to be included, Best Lawyers is considered by those within the legal provision to be a signal honor conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.”
Six other Tharrington Smith lawyers are listed in Best Lawyers in America (2009):
- Wade M. Smith (White Collar Criminal Defense; Non-White Collar Criminal Defense)
- Roger W. Smith, Sr. (Criminal Defense) (Appellate Law; White Collar Criminal Defense; Non-White Collar Criminal Defense)
- Carlyn Poole (Family)
- Douglas E. Kingsbery (White Collar Criminal Defense)
- Jaye Meyer (Family)
- Fred Morelock (Family