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Two Parker Poe Attorneys Voted Top Lawyer in Their Fields; 10 Named Legal Elite of the Midlands for 2019

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  • August 02, 2019

Columbia, S.C. – Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP is pleased to announce that Sam Moses and David Summer were selected by their peers as the top attorney in their practice areas for the second straight year. The voting was part of the process in determining Columbia Business Monthly’s 2019 “Legal Elite of the Midlands.” Sam received the region's most votes for international law, while David received the most votes for health care law. 

They join eight other Parker Poe attorneys who were voted Legal Elite. It is the only awards program in the Midlands that gives every active attorney in the region a chance to participate. The winners are drawn from a pool of peer-nominated candidates and, according to Columbia Business Monthly, are “regarded as the best and most well-respected attorneys in their fields.”

Parker Poe had three attorneys voted Legal Elite for health care: David Summer, Will Thomas, and Walt Cartin. David has three decades of experience as a trusted adviser to hospitals and providers throughout the country. Prior to graduating law school in 1999 and starting his career in health care law, Will worked in hospital administration, and today he represents a variety of health care clients in litigation, regulatory, and transactional issues. Walt represents a diverse range of health care providers, providing counsel on general corporate operations, transactions, and litigation.

Two Parker Poe attorneys were recognized for banking and finance: Todd Haynie and Ray Jones. Todd has represented major lending institutions and borrowers in a variety of financing transactions. Ray provides counsel to clients in the areas of public finance, local taxation, financing of affordable housing, and economic development.

Two of the firm’s attorneys were honored in the international category: Sam Moses and Claire Hall. Sam co-chairs Parker Poe’s Manufacturing & Distribution Team and represents U.S. and international companies on their corporate and economic development needs. Claire assists clients with all aspects of expanding their manufacturing facilities, including advising on corporate governance and economic development.

Emily Luther was recognized in two categories: (1) corporate and M&A and (2) tax and estate planning. Emily co-chairs Parker Poe’s Government & Municipalities Team, representing clients in public finance as well as federal and state tax and corporate law compliance.

Simpson Fant was recognized for commercial real estate. Simpson represents clients in the development and financing of multifamily housing, assisted-living, and nursing home projects. He also helps clients with their real estate needs related to economic development.

Katon Dawson was recognized in the construction category. Katon has experience assisting clients with issues related to product warranties, surety bonds, and mechanics’ liens. He has litigated contractual disputes, class action claims, and personal injury claims.

About Parker Poe
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has more than 200 lawyers in eight offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. The firm provides legal counsel to many of the largest companies and local governments in the Southeast.

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