Business North Carolina magazine has named 12 Womble Carlyle attorneys to the 2017 North Carolina Legal Elite—the magazine’s annual listing of the state's top lawyers.

The 2017 Legal Elite honorees are:


Russ Ferguson, Litigation

Bill Matthews, Real Estate

Anna Mills, Corporate and Business

Ric Morton, Environmental

Mike Tobin, Intellectual Property

Claire Rauscher, Criminal



Jack Hicks, Intellectual Property



Liz Arias, Tax/Estate Planning

Press Millen, Litigation

Liz Riley, Construction



Mary Adams, Family Law

Mark Wiley, Tax/Estate Planning


The following Womble Carlyle attorneys are members of the North Carolina Legal Elite Hall of Fame, meaning they received the most votes in the state in their particular practice area. Hall of Fame members are no longer eligible for the annual rankings. They are:

Alfred Adams, Real Estate (Winston-Salem)

Jim Cooney, Criminal Law (Charlotte)

Andy Copenhaver, Antitrust (Winston-Salem)

Mark Horoschak, Antitrust (Charlotte)

Press Millen, Antitrust (Raleigh)

Betty Quick, Tax/Trusts & Estates (Winston-Salem)

Each year, Business North Carolina sends ballot notices to every member of the N.C. State Bar living in North Carolina — asking each a simple question: Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories? Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves. They may select members of their firms only if they pick out-of-firm lawyers in the same categories, with the latter votes weighted more heavily.