Our Workers' Compensation Lawyers
So you want to try to get a great workers’ comp result.
Then you should have great people working on your case. At least that’s what we believe, and why we carefully selected each person on our workers’ compensation team.
Not only did we pick smart, talented, experienced attorneys (and paralegals and other administrators), we also created a system where a whole team works together on each client’s case, so you get the benefit of a broad spectrum of experience.
We’re your team – and we act like it.
Maybe that’s why our firm was ranked one of the “Best Law Firms” for workers’ compensation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for the greater Raleigh area1 in 2017 – the highest ranking.
So who’s on the team?
- Several former defense attorneys and paralegals for insurance companies.
We’ve worked for the “other side,” so we know what you’re up against.
- More than half our workers’ comp attorneys are NC Board Certified Specialists in Workers' Compensation law.
This is the highest level of specialization available in NC, and only a small percentage of NC attorneys can make that claim. Very small.
- Two former North Carolina Industrial Commissioners
The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) is the impartial agency that administers and enforces workers' compensation laws.
- A former North Carolina State Senator
He was elected to serve the seventh district of North Carolina for four terms.
- Several recognized experts in workers’ compensation
Several of our attorneys have more than 10 years of experience. Some speak at seminars for other workers’ compensation attorneys. Others have written books about other areas of law, and two have collected several coveted awards for workers’ compensation, including “Best Lawyer2” and “Rising Star3.” One was named “Super Lawyer4” three times and “Lawyer of the Year5” for Raleigh twice.
- Attorneys who give back
Attorneys who join our side do it because they want to be advocates. This takes a certain mindset and special heart for service. And service to others is not something we take lightly. Of our 13 workers' comp attorneys, 12 are members of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of legal representation in our state. Many are very active members in their communities – from teaching at local colleges, to counseling the Spanish-speaking community.
Click on any of the links below to find out more about our workers’ compensation attorneys.
- J. Michael Mackay
- Doug Berger
- Ryan Bliss
- Brian Clemmons
- Jacob Goad
- Matt Harbin
- Matthew Healey
- Barry Jennings
- Michael Jordan
- Josh Smith
- Susan "Ali" Overby
- Michael F. Roessler
- Susan Vanderweert
More information about awards listed:
1Visit www.usnews.com for more information about criteria for inclusion.
2Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. For the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2017) nearly 55,000 leading attorneys cast more than 7.3 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. 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.” For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.bestlawyers.com.
3Published by Super Lawyers. To be eligible for inclusion in “Rising Stars,” a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. “Rising Stars” undergo a rigorous, multiphase process which combines peer nominations with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually on a state by state basis. While up to 5% of the lawyers in any state are named “Super Lawyers,” by Super Lawyers magazine, no more than 2.5% are named to the “Rising Stars” list. For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.superlawyers.com.
4Published by Super Lawyers. “Super Lawyers” undergo a rigorous, multiphase process which combines peer nominations with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually on a state-by-state basis. For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.superlawyers.com.
5Published by Best Lawyers. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity. For more information regarding the standards for inclusion, visit www.bestlawyers.com.