North Carolina – August 15, 2019. Hedrick Gardner is pleased to announce that fifteen attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020.

Additionally, Mel J. Garofalo was named the Best Lawyers® 2020 Charlotte Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” and Jeffrey H. Blackwell was named the Best Lawyers® 2020 Wilmington Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers named a single attorney in each practice area in each community as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2020.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. 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.”

Fifteen Hedrick Gardner attorneys are listed in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the following fields:

Charlotte, NC:

Neil P. AndrewsInsurance Law
Mel J. Garofalo: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Matthew D. Glidewell: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Michael F. Hedgepeth: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Jeffrey A. Kadis: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Paul C. Lawrence: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Thomas W. Page: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Allen C. Smith: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Rebecca L. Zoller: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Raleigh, NC:

Jeffrey A. Doyle: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Kristie L. Hedrick: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Jennifer V. Ruiz: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
Patricia P. Shields: Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
C. Rob Wilson: Litigation – Employers

Wilmington, NC:

Jeffrey H. Blackwell: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

About Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP
Hedrick Gardner is one of the region’s premier law firms serving the needs of the business community. With nearly 100 attorneys located in five offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Asheville, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina, Hedrick Gardner has become the leading law firm for prevention, management, and resolution of conflict. The firm’s unmatched litigation experience informs and guides the ability to provide efficient yet comprehensive representation that clients deserve. With more than 60 years representing businesses in a wide variety of industries, Hedrick Gardner attorneys take pride in their ability to be immediately responsive to a broad spectrum of legal needs for clients ranging from small and medium size businesses to Fortune 500 companies. For more information please visit:

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