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Hoyt G. Tessener

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Durham, NC

Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 919-688-4468
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 1988
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Consumer Law, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
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Hoyt G. Tessener leads the litigation section of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, which has 16 office locations across North Carolina including Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greensboro. Mr. Tessener focuses his practice almost exclusively on personal injury law, and he provides advocacy and support to individuals and families throughout the state who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

A passionate and tenacious trial lawyer, Mr. Tessener has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients, including multiple verdicts and settlements well in excess of a million dollars.1 He has become a champion for those adversely affected by motor vehicle accidents, defective products, medical malpractice and nursing home abuse, class actions and mass torts, and other preventable tragedies, and he also has extensive experience handling general business litigation matters.

Honored for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. Tessener has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell2 as well as consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America©, including the organization's Lawyer of the Year award in 20162. He has also received excellent client reviews and ratings along with numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1983 graduate of North Carolina State University, Mr. Tessener obtained his Juris Doctor with Honors from Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh in 1988. He is also a graduate and faculty member of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming. Moreover, he serves as adjunct law professor at Campbell University School of Law, where he also serves as Chair of the Board of Visitors. He is admitted to practice in Georgia and North Carolina, all North Carolina Federal Courts, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Tessener is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the Georgia State Bar, and he once served as chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Litigation Section. He is also a member of the Public Justice Foundation, the American Association for Justice, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Taxpayers Against Fraud, and the Attorney Information Exchange Group, among his other professional affiliations.


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Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10%Consumer Law
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Class Actions, Toxic Torts, Consumer Protection, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

About Hoyt G. Tessener

First Admitted: 1988, North Carolina

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  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Pre-eminent Rating2
  • Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite,”2 2015
  • “Best Lawyers”2 for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America, 2008–2021
  • “Lawyer of the Year”2 Product Liability Litigation by Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Legal Elite and Best Lawyers in America selections.
  • “Super Lawyers”2 by Super Lawyers magazine, 2006–2020                                                                                                                                                                       
  • 1 Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.  
  • 2 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for Super Lawyers, visit For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for Best Lawyers, visit For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for "Lawyer of the Year," visit For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, visit For information regarding the standards for inclusion in Martindale Hubbell peer review ratings, visit

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Hoyt Q. Bailey Endowment, Inc., President
  • Campbell Law School Board of Visitors, Chair
  • Carolinas Bone Marrow Bailey Endowment Wright Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Adjunct professor, Campbell University
  • Multiple CLE presentations and papers  

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Admitted to the United States Supreme Court
  • American Association for Justice
  • Georgia State Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud
  • Attorney Information Exchange Group
  • Former chair of Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association Former chair of AutoTorts Section of the North Carolina Advocates for JusticeBoard of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Former chair of Auto Torts Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Former Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Educational Background

  • North Carolina State University, B.S. in Textiles, 1983


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Office Location for Hoyt G. Tessener

280 South Mangum Street
Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701

Phone: 919-688-4991

Fax: 919-688-4468

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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