Kara Gansmann is an associate in the firm’s Wilmington office, where her litigation practice encompasses workers’ compensation defense, labor and employment law, elder law, and appeals.  Kara has helped employers navigate federal and state laws, including N.C. Industrial Commission Rules, the Affordable Care Act, and wage and hour laws.  In her elder law practice Kara handles estate and trust litigation and estate planning.  In both state and federal courts, Kara plays a critical role in drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs, engaging in discovery, and collaborating with trial teams to prepare civil and criminal matters for trial.

Kara has significant experience as an appellate practitioner.  Prior to joining the firm, Kara served as a staff attorney on an appellate court in Houston, Texas, where she managed all aspects of complex civil and criminal appellate matters.  In that role, Kara drafted more than 200 judicial opinions for court justices in six years.  Because of this unique experience, Kara efficiently evaluates her clients’ appellate matters and effectively advises on both trial strategies and chances on appeal.  Currently, as an appellate advocate with the firm, Kara handles appeals in North Carolina courts and also advises trial teams of appellate strategies.

Representative Matters

Cases or matters referenced do not represent the attorney’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.

  • Assisted in successful defense on appeal of a trial court’s dismissal of legal malpractice claims against an attorney on grounds that the attorney was judicially immune as a quasi-judicial officer when he served as a court-appointed commissioner to oversee the partition sale of real property owned by the a plaintiff as a co-tenant.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • A Retailer’s Guide to Use of Video Surveillance Evidence to Defend itself in Litigation, The Retailer magazine (2017)
  • The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Corporations to Opt Out of Contraceptive Mandate in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014)
  • Government Speech. It’s What’s for Dinner, 82 N.D. L. Rev. 519 (2006)

Most Recent Posts


Kara Gansmann to Chair Carousel Center Board

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Kara Gansmann, an attorney in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, has been elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Carousel Center, Inc. for 2016-2017. Kara joined the organization’s board of directors in 2014.… Read More


CSH Law Attorneys Participate in 4ALL Statewide Service Day

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Eight attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) participated in the North Carolina Bar Association’s 9th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day on Friday, March 4. The statewide event is sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation and the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA).… Read More