William J. Thomas II has been named one of “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2006. Jay H. Ferguson, Bill Thomas, and Emilia Beskind have been named to the list of “The Best Lawyers in America”. Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, annually recognizes outstanding attorneys selected by thousands of leading lawyers throughout the country. A listing in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.


William J. Thomas II and Jay H. Ferguson have been named to membership in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers. The selective nomination process includes a peer-survey of existing Top 100 Lawyers searching for those potential members who meet the organization’s standards promoting excellence in the legal profession through advocacy, training, networking and education of trial lawyers.


The firm has been named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News Best Lawyers. A comprehensive choice of practice areas, coupled with research of firms nationally and within local legal markets makes the “Best Law Firm” ranking a valuable tool for law firm clients.


William J. Thomas II, Jay H. Ferguson, and Emilia Beskind have been named “Super Lawyers” and Kellie Mannette is a rising star by North Carolina Super Lawyer’s magazine. The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, based in Eagan, MN. Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check.


Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which also includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States of America.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 5000 members throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members of this prestigious group.

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William J. Thomas II and Jay H. Ferguson have each received an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence as ranked by their peers. A Martindale-Hubbell rating attests to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics, and reflects the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary.

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Jay H. Ferguson was ranked among Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite”. Jay was selected by his peers as one of the state’s leading criminal defense attorneys through a survey mailed to more than 16,000 lawyers in North Carolina. Only 2.6 percent of the state’s attorneys are ranked among the “Legal Elite”.

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Emilia I. Beskind is a member of the International Society of Barristers
Emilia is one of only 14 North Carolina attorneys selected as a member of the International Society of Barristers. Membership in the International Society of Barristers is extended to advocates of exceptional talent whose qualities - including integrity, honor, and collegiality - embody the spirit of the true legal professional. Membership is by invitation only, after rigorous screening process involving lawyers and judges to identify trial lawyers who meet its standards.
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