Member Profile: Richard T. Boyette

Richard T. Boyette
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
5420 Wade Park Blvd., Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27607
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Tel: (919) 863-8729
Fax: (919) 863-3519

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Richard T. Boyette regularly travels out of state to South Carolina

ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration


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Richard T. Boyette has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Business Dissolution
Class Actions
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Eminent Domain
Family Businesses
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Legal Malpractice
Lemon Law
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Media & Communications
Medical Devices
Medical Malpractice
Mortgage Foreclosure
Non-profit Organizations
Nursing Homes
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Property Damage
Railroad & Trucking
Real Estate
Shareholder Disputes
Title Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Unfair Competition
Wage & Hour/FMLA
Workers' Compensation
Wrongful Death



Richard Boyette is a Partner in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, where his practice has consisted of a wide variety of defense and commercial litigation. Currently, his litigation practice concentrates in legal malpractice and product liability defense.

In the early 1990's, Mr. Boyette's interest in the process of mediation was kindled by an article in a bar journal. His interest lead him to attend the first mediation certification training class offered in North Carolina in early 1992, and to thereafter obtain mediator certification. Since 1992, Mr. Boyette has conducted over 1,600 mediations, both court appointed and by selection of parties, in a broad range of subject matters, including personal injury, contract, construction disputes, employment relations, professional liability, product liability, insurance coverage and stockbroker/customer disputes. He has also served as a trainer of other attorney mediators and a speaker at seminars on mediation. Mr. Boyette also serves as an arbitrator on selection of the parties in disputes of varying nature

In addition to litigation and mediation, Richard's practice includes commercial real estate transactions, including entity formation, land acquisition and construction and permanent financing. Richard has also advised and represented businesses in employment and contract disputes, and serves as general counsel to a commercial general contractor and developer.


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (B.A., 1974)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (J.D., 1977, with honors)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member - DRI - President, 2004-05; Officer, 2001-03; Board of Directors, 1998-2001; ADR Committee Chair, 1998-99; NC State Representative, 1995-97; NC delegate to Standing Committee of State and Local Defense Organizations, 1992-95
  • Founding Director - National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, 2004
  • Member - North Carolina Bar Association - Litigation (Section Council, 1996-98); Real Property, Construction Law and Dispute Resolution (Section Council, 1997-99) Sections); past member, Legislative Advisory Committee
  • Member - North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys - President, 1990-91; Award for Professional Excellence, 2004
  • Member - Wake County Bar Association/Tenth Judicial District Bar - Board of Directors, 1996-97
  • Committee Member - Wake County Bar Association/Tenth Judicial District Bar Grievance Committee
Vice Chair, Wake County Bar Association Bench/Bar Committee, 2008
  • Named to "Best Lawyers in America ," 2007 and 2008 editions in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Named to "Super Lawyers" 2007 and 2008 editions in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution


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Richard T. Boyette is a member of our NC chapter, NC Academy of Superior Court Mediators, the state's premier roster of certified attorney-mediators. The NCASCM profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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