North Carolina and South Carolina – August 15, 2017. Hedrick Gardner is pleased to announce that eighteen attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.

Additionally, Mel J. Garofalo was named the Best Lawyers® 2018 Charlotte Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers named a single attorney in each practice area in each community as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.  For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed.  Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Eighteen Hedrick Gardner attorneys will be listed in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the following fields:


Charlotte, NC

Neil P. Andrews: Insurance Law
Shelley W. Coleman: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Mel J. Garofalo: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Matthew D. Glidewell: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Jeffrey A. Kadis: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Hatcher B. Kincheloe: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Paul C. Lawrence: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Thomas W. Page: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Allen C. Smith: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Martha W. Surles: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers


Raleigh, NC

Thomas M. Buckley: Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law
Jeffrey A. Doyle: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Jennifer V. Ruiz: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Cathleen M. Plaut: Employment Law – Management
Patricia P. Shields: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants


Wilmington, NC

Jeffrey H. Blackwell: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants


Columbia, SC

R. Daniel Addison: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Edwin P. Martin, Jr.: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers


About Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP
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