Archive for January, 2017

Attorneys Named as 2017 Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars

Rayburn Cooper & Durham, P.A. is pleased to announce that the following attorneys from the firm have been selected for inclusion in 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers® and 2017 North Carolina Rising Stars:


2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers

W. Scott Cooper – Business/Corporate

Albert Durham – Bankruptcy, Business

Ross Fulton – Business Litigation

James Gatehouse – Business Litigation

G. Kirkland Hardymon – Business Litigation

David Melin – Business Litigation

Jack Miller – Bankruptcy, Business

Rick Rayburn – Business/Corporate


2017 North Carolina Rising Stars
Shelley Abel – Bankruptcy, Business


2017 North Carolina Top 100

Albert Durham

Rick Rayburn


Super Lawyers is an annual listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The selections for this esteemed list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business.  Each year, the research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.  Only 5% of North Carolina attorneys have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

The Rising Stars selection process is identical to the Super Lawyers process, with one exception:  to be eligible, a candidate must be either age 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.  Only 2.5% of North Carolina attorneys are selected for the Rising Stars list.  Learn more about the selection process.



Posted 01/30/17

RCD Attorneys Named to Legal Elite

Three Rayburn Cooper & Durham attorneys have been recognized by their peers as 2017 “Legal Elite” in Business North Carolina Magazine’s annual list.

2017 Legal Elite

Shelley Koon Abel – Bankruptcy

Ross R. Fulton – Business Litigation

John R. Miller, Jr. – Bankruptcy

C. Richard Rayburn, Jr. previously received the distinction of being named to the “Legal Elite Hall of Fame” for Bankruptcy Law.

Legal Elite Methodology

Each year, Business North Carolina sends ballot notices to every member of the N.C. State Bar living in North Carolina — asking each a simple question: Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories? Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves. They may select members of their firms only if they pick out-of-firm lawyers in the same categories, with the latter votes weighted more heavily.

About Rayburn Cooper & Durham, P.A. (RCD)

For more than 35 years, Rayburn Cooper & Durham has served both businesses and individuals with bankruptcy and financial restructuring, business litigation and general corporate matters. The attorneys within the firm have extensive experience and provide creative solutions to help clients establish their enterprises, grow and prosper and also protect their rights, assets, and interests. Recognizing the unique needs of their clients, RCD does not represent large banks or financial institutions. RCD – The way forward.

Posted 01/03/17