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Attorney Hoyt Tessener
Litigation attorney Hoyt Tessener tries the really tough cases – and he has for more than 30 years. Tough strategically. Tough emotionally. The trucking accidents whose evidence gives you chills. The personal injury cases that can bring an otherwise “impartial” jury to tears. Business disputes with millions of dollars at stake. Cases you must have the stomach to try. Confidently. Thoroughly. Compassionately.
Hoyt joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2017 so he could try these tough cases with the resources and technology behind him to take his legendary litigation efforts to the next level. He is a shareholder of the firm.
Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and having tried over 100 cases in state and federal courts throughout North Carolina with multiple verdict awards of $1,000,000 or more,1 lawyers, judges, and others know Hoyt for his confidence, tenacity, and meticulous preparation.
His clients know him as their champion.
The one who will fight tooth and nail for them. Honest. Humble.
The “Other Side” Advantage
Hoyt feels he is often at an advantage in the courtroom because he has been “on the other side” representing big corporations, like the very insurance companies his clients are fighting.
Finding His Passion
Hoyt was raised in the textile town of Shelby, NC. His father owned an auto body repair shop and his mother was a beautician. He eventually attended NC State University – the first in his family to ever attend college.
He chose NC State because it had a textile program. It never occurred to him then that he’d do anything other than work in the textile industry. Yet that industry was rapidly declining and jobs moved overseas. Hoyt attended Campbell University, learned the art of litigation, and was met with great success. Hoyt won the Rick Edmonson mock appellate competition with the highest score possible, and 10 Book Awards – the highest number achieved at that time. It seemed meant to be.
The Success That Followed
Hoyt’s success as a lawyer eventually landed him right back at Campbell University School of Law teaching jury selection as an adjunct professor. Something he’s done since 1999. He is also chair of Campbell’s Board of Visitors, which assists the dean, faculty, and leadership in developing and evaluating strategic planning efforts and launching initiatives.
His peers have taken note, too. Every year since 2006 he has been selected to be included on the “Super Lawyer”3 list in Super Lawyers magazine. Since 2008, his name has appeared on “The Best Lawyers in America”3 annual list for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. That same publication designated Hoyt in 2016 as “Lawyer of the Year”3 for the Raleigh area for Product Liability Litigation. And in 2015, Business North Carolina named him among the “Legal Elite.”3
In 1997, he was invited by noted trial lawyer Gerry Spence to his nationally acclaimed Trial Lawyers College on his 400,000-acre Wyoming ranch, and subsequently joined its college faculty. This unique and one of its kind institution is dedicated to helping lawyers and judges “obtain justice for individuals; the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression.”4
A credo that, Hoyt says, “is just in my DNA.”
- Four James Scott Farrin Attorneys Recognized in 2021 North Carolina ‘Super Lawyers’ and ‘Rising Star’ Lists3
- James Scott Farrin Lawyers Named to 2021 'Best Lawyers' and 'Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch' Lists3
- James Scott Farrin Attorney Hoyt Tessener Appointed to Governor's Crime Commission
- New Daytime TV Show "Personal Injury Court" Features James Scott Farrin Head of Litigation Hoyt Tessener
- Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Attorneys Win What Is Believed to be a Record-Setting $2.1 Million1 Case in Hoke County
- "WRAL: North Carolina the first in the country to file lawsuits against e-cigarette companies"
- Great Trials Podcast: Kent Emison and Hoyt Tessener | Batts v. Ford Motor Company | $31 million settlement1
3 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for Super Lawyers, visit www.superlawyers.com. For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for Best Lawyers, visit www.bestlawyers.com. For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for “Lawyer of the Year,” visit www.bestlawyers.com. For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, visit businessnc.com. For information regarding the standards for inclusion in Martindale Hubbell peer review ratings, visit www.martindale.com.