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Awards & Recognitions

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Attorneys Dan Deuterman and Casey Francis are Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. This designation is a testament to their expertise, performance as an attorney and reputation in the legal community.

The N.C. State Bar, through the Board of Legal Specialization, determines which attorneys statewide become board certified specialists. To become legal specialists, attorneys are required to have practiced a minimum of five years, undergo peer review by other attorneys and judges, participate in continuing legal education in the subject matter and pass a board exam.

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Attorney Benjamin Burnside is a Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. This designation is a testament to his expertise, performance as an attorney and reputation in the legal community.

The N.C. State Bar, through the Board of Legal Specialization, determines which attorneys statewide become board certified specialists. To become legal specialists, attorneys are required to have practiced a minimum of five years, undergo peer review by other attorneys and judges, participate in continuing legal education in the subject matter and pass a board exam.

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In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Dan Deuterman was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in workers’ compensation law. The designation recognizes his experience, expertise and reputation among their peers.

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In 2016, the Deuterman Law Group was ranked as one of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” These rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes input from clients and other lawyers, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and additional criteria. Our firm received a Tier 3 Metro ranking in workers’ compensation law.

In 2014 and 2015, readers of the News & Record’s GoTriad selected the Deuterman Law Group as the Triad’s Best Law Firm, based on popular vote. This first-place win points to client satisfaction and the firm’s reputation in the community.

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In 2016, attorney Ben Burnside was named one of North Carolina’s Outstanding Young Lawyers.

AV Rating

Founder Dan Deuterman, has an AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a worldwide objective legal rating service that evaluates lawyers’ legal abilities and ethical standards. An AV® Rating is the highest ranking available.


Better Business Bureau

In 2008, the Deuterman Law Group was the winner of the Better Business Bureau® of Central North Carolina Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. The prestigious award is given annually to companies that display a solid commitment to conducting their business practices in an ethical fashion. Through their examples, the Torch Award promotes not only the importance of ethical business practices, but also acknowledges the efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure that our country’s marketplace remains fair and honorable.

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

In 2008, attorney Ben Burnside was admitted to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious association of trial lawyers.

Attorney Dan Deuterman was admitted to the Forum in 2011.

Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar or multimillion dollar verdicts, awards or settlements for their clients. Less than 1 percent of attorneys in the United States are members of the forum.

The N.C. Advocates for Justice

In the summer of 2011, Dan Deuterman received two awards from his peers in the legal community for his work fighting against legislation to change North Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws.

The N.C. Advocates for Justice, a professional organization for attorneys, presented Dan with the prestigious Ebbie Bailey Award. The award is given annually for exceptional service and commitment to the NCAJ, in keeping with Ebbie Bailey’s legacy.

Dan also received a second award from the workers’ compensation section of the NCAJ for his “extraordinary service rendered to the section in furtherance of the preservation of justice for injured workers in North Carolina.”

The NCAJ has also recognized Dan as part of its Leader’s Forum and Circle of Advocates members who provide sustaining support to NCAJ’s legislative efforts.

Family Friendly

For five years running, the Deuterman Law Group has been selected as one of North Carolina’s most family-friendlyworkplaces by Carolina Parenting. The Family Friendly 50 award recognizes companies statewide that offer unique benefits and incentives that help working parents balance their professional and family obligations.

Best Places to Work

In 2007, the Deuterman Law Group was named one of the Triad’s “Best Places to Work” by The Business Journal of the Greater Triad. The annual competition recognizes Triad companies that provide good work environments for their employees through their policies, incentive programs, community involvement and benefits.

NC State Bar

In 2008, Dan Deuterman was one of 24 Triad attorneys to receive an Impact Pro Bono Award. Given by the N.C. Bar Association and Business Leader Media, the awards recognize attorneys for their commitment to providing justice and access to legal representation to all North Carolinians, even those who are unable to pay.

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