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Richard T. Boyette, Mediator & Arbitrator, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Richard T. Boyette

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP
5420 Wade Park Blvd., Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27607
Tel: (919) 863-8729
Fax: (919) 863-3519
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Recognized to North Carolina Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: South Carolina

Other ADR Services: Fact Finding
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1993
  • # of MEDS (as of 19/7/24)1700
  • # of ARBS (as of 19/7/24)10
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Richard Boyette is a Of Counsel 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.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Technology
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Utilities
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • 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; Lewis B. Potter Professional Service Award, 2010
  • 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, 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
  • Past Committee Member - Wake County Bar Association/Tenth Judicial District Bar Grievance Committee
  • Chair, Wake County Bar Association Bench/Bar Committee, 2019
  • Named to "Best Lawyers in America ," various years in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Named to "Super Lawyers" various years in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution

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