Dan M. Hartzog, Jr. has been practicing defense litigation since 2006. He joined the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. In the course of this time, he has successfully handled matters in several areas, primarily focusing on employment law and municipal liability.
Dan has obtained dismissals or partial dismissals in a variety of civil litigation cases, including employment discrimination and retaliation claims, alleged constitutional violations, wrongful arrests and searches, defamation claims, civil conspiracy claims, and general liability claims. Dan has successfully defended numerous EEOC and OAH charges involving alleged discrimination and retaliation and obtained findings of employee misconduct and substantial fault in Employment Security Commission appeals. He has also guided several employers through difficult termination proceedings.
Cases or matters referenced do not represent the lawyer’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.
- Ennis v. Town of Kill Devil Hills – In a case that received significant media attention, Dan successfully obtained dismissal of all claims in a lawsuit brought by four current and former police officers against his client, the Town of Kill Devil Hills. The officers brought twenty separate causes of action against the Town and various officials, including claims for wrongful discharge, violations of due process, equal protection, and free speech, defamation, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of the wage and hour act, as well as several others.
- Jones v. Cloutier, et. al. – Dan successfully obtained summary judgment on a claim brought against several police officers for alleged Fourth Amendment violations. The officers were attempting to execute an arrest warrant for the Plaintiff. As part of their search, they went to the Plaintiff’s mother’s residence on the belief that Plaintiff might be there. After Plaintiff’s mother gave consent for the officers to enter the dwelling, the officer’s noticed a safe which was locked. Plaintiff’s mother gave the officers the key to the safe, where they found Plaintiff’s photo ID, drugs, and a weapon. The officers Motion for Summary Judgment was granted on the grounds that Plaintiff did not have standing to challenge the officers’ search because he did not have a legitimate expectation of privacy in his mother’s house.
- Wood v. Town of Warsaw – Obtained summary judgment in an age discrimination case brought by the former police chief against the Town of Warsaw under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The former police chief was terminated at age 65. He alleged that he was terminated due to his age, and claimed that the Town Manager told him during his termination meeting that the Town Board wanted “younger blood” in the Chief’s officer. He further alleged that the Mayor commented that the Town needed a “younger Chief” during his grievance appeal to the Town Board. Following discovery, the Town moved for summary judgment, which was granted on the grounds that the ex-chief was unable to establish age discrimination.
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On Nov. 4, Dan Hartzog, Jr. will be a featured presenter at the North Carolina Law Review Symposium. The event’s topic is “Badge Cams as Data and Deterrent: Law Enforcement, the Public, and the Press in the Age of the Digital Video,” and Dan will be providing insight from his role as the town attorney for Hope Mills, N.C. Dan will speaking as part of a panel discussion on the use of body cameras by law enforcement agencies in North Carolina.… Read More
Thirty-three attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Eight attorneys were selected for inclusion in the list for the first time.… Read More
Today Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) proudly announced that 17 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 2017 North Carolina Rising Stars lists.… Read More
House Bill 972 was signed into law last summer, and took effect on October 1, 2016. It is now… Read More
Pat Flanagan and Dan Hartzog, Jr. served as speakers for the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference. The event took place on Aug. 4-6 at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville.… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr., a municipal and employment law attorney at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), has been named the town attorney for Hope Mills, N.C. Hartzog will assume the town attorney duties on July 1, 2016 in addition to maintaining his current practice at CSH Law.… Read More
DAN HARTZOG JR. (Raleigh) obtained summary judgment in a wrongful termination case involving former sanitation workers employed with a Town. The… Read More
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH) is proud to announce that 16 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 2016 North Carolina Rising Stars lists.… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained summary judgement in favor of defendants. This case involved two city police officers who responded to reports… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained dismissal of a federal lawsuit alleging that plaintiff was subjected to a hostile work environment in retaliation for protected speech. The majority of allegations were conclusory and not supported by proper factual allegations.… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained dismissal of all claims in a lawsuit filed by four former police officers for a Town. The case received significant media attention, due in part to the involvement of a Superior Court Judge.… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained dismissal of all claims in a lawsuit brought by a former police officer for a City. The officer had been fired from the City for attending court for a personal matter while on duty, arriving late on three occasions, and failing to prepare proper paperwork for a warrant before submitting a statement saying the warrant had been obtained.… Read More
Hartzog, Jr. Obtains Defense Ruling for Client Facing Retaliation Claim… Read More
Hartzog, Jr. Obtains Dismissal for Town Client Facing Federal Suit… Read More
Hartzog, Jr. Obtains Dismissal for Community College in Breach of Contract Case… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr. Obtains Dismissal in Age Discrimination Suit Dismissed for Client… Read More
Excessive Force Allegation Against Individual Police Officer, 12(b)(6) dismissal… Read More
REDA, Wrongful discharge, disability, discrimination and Constitutional violations brought by former employee, summary judgment obtained… Read More
Union Discrimination Claims Against City, Dismissed … Read More
Eleven attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) participated in the North Carolina Bar Association’s 8th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day on Friday, March 6. … Read More
CSH Law attorneys present at the “Employment Law Beyond the Basics” Seminar.… Read More
CSH Law announced that 20 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers and North Carolina Rising Stars lists.… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr., an attorney in the Raleigh office of CSH Law, will speak at a NC Risk Control Seminar at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory.… Read More
CSH Law hosts Client Education Conference: Workers’ Compensation & General Liability Law Updates at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh. … Read More
CSH Law attorneys Paul Derrick, Dan Hartzog, Jr. and Carolyn Pratt present at the “Employment Law Beyond the Basics” Seminar in Durham NC. … Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained dismissal in an employment discrimination claim brought by a former community college teacher. Plaintiff brought claims for gender discrimination, race discrimination, and negligent infliction of emotional distress against a community college and two individual defendants.… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by a former community college professor who alleged that he could not find work due to alleged statements by his former employer.… Read More
Patrick Flanagan and Dan Hartzog, Jr. spoke the legal issues involved with internet sweepstakes cafes which are currently affecting local NC governments. … Read More
Ten attorneys from CSH Law provided vital legal advice and resources in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day.… Read More
Hartzog will lead sessions during the seminar including ‘Individual Capacity Claims Against Government Employees’ and ‘Municipal Employment Relations.’… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained summary judgment in a case involving two former sanitation workers for the a Town. The case received significant local media attention, and the workers were nicknamed the “Sanitation 2” in the press.… Read More
In a case that received significant media attention, Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained dismissal of all claims in a lawsuit brought by a local protective union, the former president of the union and several members against a City.… Read More
Ten CSH Law attorneys were selected as 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 14 CSH Law attorneys were selected as 2013 North Carolina Rising Stars.… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr. successfully defended a city facing a federal lawsuit brought by a former Police Lieutenant who was terminated a few days after he was named the next Police Chief of the City.… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr. successfully defended a Town against claims brought by a former police chief alleging due process and equal protection violations, invasion of privacy, wrongful termination, tortious interference with contract, and civil conspiracy.… Read More
Dan Hartzog, Jr. obtained summary judgment on all claims in a lawsuit brought by a firefighter against a City. The case involved a firefighter who was terminated after a loaded gun was discovered in his locker on City grounds.… Read More