Best Lawyers in America has named 29 Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys as the top attorney in their specific practice area for their market. The following attorneys are ranked as Best Lawyers 2019 Lawyers of the Year.


  • R. Dal Burton—Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions (Defendants)
  • William M. Ragland, Jr.—Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation


  • Barry J. Herman—Patent Litigation

Charleston, S.C.

  • Elizabeth W. Settle—Banking and Finance Law
  • James E. Weatherholtz—Construction Law

Charlotte, N.C.

  • James P. Cooney III—Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • James E. Daniel—Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Debbie W. Harden—ERISA Litigation
  • Jeffrey S. Hay—Venture Capital Law
  • Mark J. Horoschak—Antitrust Law
  • Richard L. Rainey—Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Michael A. Tobin—Copyright Law

Columbia, S.C.

  • Christopher M. Towery—Bankruptcy Litigation

Greensboro/Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Gregory M. Chabon—Commercial Transactions/UCC Law
  • Ronald R. Davis—Securities Litigation
  • William E. Latham II—Personal Injury Litigation (Defendants)
  • Christopher E. Leon    Banking and Finance Law
  • Greg L. Smith—Healthcare Law
  • Jacob S. Wharton—Intellectual Property Litigation
  • William R. Whitehurst—Corporate Law
  • C. Mark Wiley—Tax Law
  • William Wright—Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Greenville, S.C.

  • Michael James Bogle—Environmental Litigation

Raleigh, N.C.

  • Elizabeth K. Arias—Trusts & Estates Litigation
  • Marilyn R. Forbes—Product Liability Litigation (Defendants)
  • Johnny M. Loper—Administrative/Regulatory Law    
  • Pressly M. Millen—Antitrust Law 
  • Kenneth N. Shelton—Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law    

Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia

  • John S. Gambaccini—Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the Lawyer of the Year. Winners are selected based on peer-review assessments of abilities, professionalism and integrity