Business North Carolina Names 7 Essex Richards Attorneys Among 2021 Legal Elite

Essex Richards, P.A. is pleased to announced that Business North Carolina magazine has named 7 firm attorneys to its 2021 list of “Legal Elite.”

Partner John Woodman received the highest number of votes in the area of Bankruptcy, which will place him in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame where he will join 3 Essex Richards attorneys: retired partner Lou Lesesne (Employment, 2007), Rob Blair (Family Law, 2016), and Heather Culp (Bankruptcy, 2017). An attorney is included in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame when he or she receives the greatest number of votes from attorneys statewide in a practice area.  Those included in the Hall of Fame are no longer eligible to receive the award annually.

The complete list of the 2021 Essex Richards Legal Elite include the following:

Norris Adams

John C. Woodman

Stephen H. Morris

John C. Woodman

Kristen Finlon

Natalie Potter

Lauren V. Lewis

Real Estate
John Maheras

About Legal Elite

Hall of Fame
Lou Lesesne (Employment, 2007), retired
Rob Blair (Family Law, 2016)
Heather Culp (Bankruptcy, 2017)

“Legal Elite” attorneys are selected through ballots sent to more than 20,000 attorneys who are active members of the North Carolina State Bar. Members of the Bar are asked to select the best lawyer in each field. Lawyers may not select themselves and can only vote for members of their own firms if they also chose someone outside their firms in the same category. With more weight given to outside votes, fewer than 3 percent of the state’s lawyers were named to the list this year.