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Theodore B. "Ted" Smyth


Cranfill Sumner LLP

Recognized since 2007

Raleigh, North Carolina

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Insurance Law

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Insurance Law
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Ted Smyth has been litigating insurance and tort cases for 31 years in all State and Federal Civil Courts in North Carolina. He has been listed as a Super Lawyer in North Carolina's Super Lawyers Magazine for 2006, 2008-2013(Insurance Law). He has been named to Woodard/White's "The Best Lawyers in America" for Insurance Law(2007-2013), Commercial Litigation(2009-2013), Personal Injury Litigation(2009-2013) and Bet-the-Company Litigation(2010-2013). He is active in the Wake County Bar, as the President of the Tenth Judicial District in 2012, and as a member of the Bench/Bar and Professionalism Committees. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating available. He has been a frequent speaker to lawyer related organizations on insurance and tort issues, including the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates For Justice(a plaintiff organization) and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys(a defense organization), as well as the Wake Forest University School of Law Continuing Legal Education Program. He has authored articles and book reviews on numerous insurance and tort-related topics. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and serves as Vice President to the local affiliate in 2013. He graduated from Colby College in 1978 and Wake Forest University School of Law in 1981, after serving on the Law Review there. He enjoys hiking in the North Carolina mountains, reading, sailing and travel. He has lived in Raleigh since graduating from law school in 1981, with his wife and three daughters.

Location

  • 5420 Wade Park Boulevard, Suite 300
    Raleigh, NC 27607

Education

  • Colby College, BA, graduated 1930

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, North Carolina Bar Association

Affiliations

  • Tenth Judicial District Bar - President

Cranfill Sumner LLP
Headquarters: Raleigh, North Carolina

25 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

4 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Insurance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Insurance Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Raleigh (2022)
  • Insurance Law, Raleigh (2019)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Raleigh (2016)
  • Insurance Law, Raleigh (2011)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • Appellate
  • Bad Faith
  • Casualty
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial
  • Corporate Policy Holders
  • Coverage
  • Fire and Casualty
  • Insurance
  • Liability Insurance
  • Liability Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Plaintiffs
  • Policy Holder
  • Product Liability
  • Property
  • Tort

Awards:

  • President's Award of Excellence For Wake County Bar, 2009
  • Dr. William Dunlap Award for Excellence From Hospice of Wake County, 2002

Smith v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co, 328 N.C. 139, 400 S.E.2d 44(1991)

Representing the Estate of a deceased daughter, in a case involving the scope and extent of North Carolina automobile insurance coverage, including issues of the legal status of the deceased in the policies, and the right to stack coverages among multiple policies.

Wachovia Bank v. Clean River Corp., 178 N.C. App. 528, 631 S.E.2d 879(2006), disc. rev. denied, 361 N.C. 227, 643 S.E.2d 401(2007)

Represented an additional insured bank on a Builders Risk policy, in an insurance bad faith case involving the discoverability of various insurance company claims file materials.

Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. v. Pennington, 356 N.C. 571, 573 S.E.2d 118(2002)

Representing the policyholder in a case of first impression, to establish the North Carolina standard for an auto insurer to be able to deny an insured underinsured coverage, based on alleged late notice of the accident by the insured.

Wm. C. Vick Const. Co. v. Great American Ins. Co., 52 F.Supp. 2d 569(E.D.N.C. 1999), affd, 213 F3d 634(4th Cir. 2000)(unpublished disposition)

An early case in North Carolina on a number of issues relating to insurance coverage for construction related damages, including the meaning of insurance contract terms such as "occurance" and "property damage", and the application and scope of various exclusions for workmanship claims.

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