To date, thirteen attorneys at Hutchens Law Firm have received an AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability.
Ratings are generated from evaluations of outside lawyers, other members of the bar, and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. Ranking high in both the General Ethical Standards and Legal Ability process ratings — including adherence to professional standards, legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, and more — yields an AV Preeminent® rating, which is considered a significant accomplishment in the legal world.
Our firm has a strong presence in the mortgage servicing industry and has been recognized for our commitment to HIGH PERFORMANCE LAW™. We're active leaders with the USFN, National Mortgage Bankers Association, North Carolina Bankers Association, Mortgage Bankers of the Carolinas, North Carolina Creditors Bar Association, American Legal & Financial Network, and the Women in Legal Leadership. Our attorneys travel across the country to speak at seminars and conferences held by the above organizations, and we provide updates on recent court decisions as well as continuing education courses and on-site training to our clients.
The USFN has recognized our firm each year since 2007 with the USFN Diamond Award of Excellence. To be chosen, the firm must demonstrate their commitment to excellence by their active participation and leadership with USFN, other mortgage banking organizations, the legal profession, and through significant contributions to industry education, on-going staff development, client relations and community charitable contributions. No more than 40 law firms across the nation receive this award.
Our firm has been included yet again in the 2018 Edition of Best Law Firms in America in several practice areas including Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law1, Workers Compensation Law–Claimants2. Managing partner Terry Hutchens and partner Lauren Thurmond have been included in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America list for Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law; partner Joe Vonnegut has been included in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America list for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and partner Bill Senter and attorney Maggie Senter Bennington have been included in the 2018 Edition for Workers Compensation Law-Claimants. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro.
Several of our attorneys have also been selected by their peers to be included on the Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists. Law firms throughout the nation are asked to nominate peers they feel meet twelve indicators of professional achievement including: verdicts/settlements, transactions, representative clients, experience, honors/awards, special license/certifications, position within the law firm, bar and professional activity, pro bono and community service, scholarly lectures/writings, education/employment background, and other outstanding achievement. Details on the attorneys included on the Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars list can be found on their individual profile pages.
This year, Business North Carolina has selected partner J. Scott Flowers for inclusion in Business NC Legal Elite - Litigation (2017) and attorney Christopher Foster for Tax/Estate Planning.  Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored Tar Heel lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. Winners are chosen not by BNC editors but by the state’s lawyers. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite has become the model for other awards and lists, but it remains unique as the only award that gives every active lawyer in the state the opportunity to participate. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite includes the top lawyers chosen using this statewide ballot.
1Metropolitan Tier 2 - Raleigh - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
2Metropolitan Tier 1, Raleigh - Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants and Metropolitan Tier 3, Wilmington NC