Merger Press Release

Freedman, Thompson, Witt, Ceberio, & Byrd, PLLC Merger Press Release

It is with great pleasure that we announce the law firms of Crumpler Freedman Parker & Witt and Surratt Thompson & Ceberio, PLLC will merge practices effective January 1, 2021. The new firm, Freedman Thompson Witt Ceberio & Byrd, PLLC will be led by five partners, David Freedman, Bryan Thompson, Dudley Witt, AJ Ceberio and Jones P. Byrd, Jr. The combined firm has ten attorneys and eleven staff members.

Surratt Thompson & Ceberio, PLLC was founded in 1932 by Benet Polikof and Dallace McLennan. The firm became McLennan & Surratt in 1951, Surratt & Thompson, PLLC in 2001 and Surratt Thompson & Ceberio, PLLC in 2018. The firm has provided focused transactional legal services in the areas of Elder Law, Wills and Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates, Guardianship, Corporate Law, Collections, Taxation, Consumer Law, Appellate Law, and Residential / Commercial Real Estate. The firm’s attorneys have served as Commissioner, Public Administrator and Public Guardian in Forsyth, Davie and Davidson County providing judicial sale, estate administration and guardianship services as an independent fiduciary when required by the Court, have had the privilege of representing clients in state and federal courts, routinely appear before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, have represented both buyers and sellers in significant—interstate—mergers and acquisitions, have provided counsel regarding corporate and shareholder disputes, and have a significant history representing businesses and individuals before federal and state regulatory bodies such as the Internal Revenue Service and US Customs and Border Protection.

Crumpler Freedman Parker & Witt, originally known as Averitt White and Crumpler and later as White and Crumpler, has been in practice since 1959 providing complex litigation counsel to a diverse clientele throughout North Carolina. The firm has been involved in groundbreaking cases in the areas of Criminal Law, Medical Malpractice, Accountant Liability, Corporate Dissolution, Family Law and Torts. The firm’s attorneys were instrumental in convincing the North Carolina Supreme Court that the felony murder rule should not be applied in motor vehicle accidents; were involved in the first appellate review of the revised Business Corporation Act; represented the plaintiff in one of the first cases before the Court of Appeals concerning the Rule 9(j) prefiling requirement in medical malpractice cases and have obtained significant verdicts for claims of alienation of affection and criminal conversation.

The new firm, Freedman Thompson Witt Ceberio & Byrd, PLLC, will be a true combination of equals – a joining of two extraordinary firms with complementary practice strengths and goals that are also similar in culture and philosophy. The combined firm will continue to place our collective clients, which include citizens from every walk of life and businesses of every size, as our top priority, and deliver effective, aggressive and ethical counsel. The merger will enable us to provide a new and broader set of legal services and increases our collective breadth to encompass virtually any legal issue our clients may encounter.

This is a very exciting event for both firms, our staff, as well as our existing and future clients. We are extremely proud of the quality of our lawyers, the quality of our work product, the quality of our advice and counseling, and the quality of our service. You can expect from the new firm the same focus, the same high-quality service, and the same team that you have come to know.

David B. Freedman
Bryan C. Thompson
Dudley A. Witt
A.J. Ceberio
Jones P. Byrd, Jr.