Katie has practiced civil litigation defense since she graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2012. Before joining Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog in 2015, Katie was an attorney at a law firm in Winston-Salem. In her early career, she gained a wide variety of experience, litigating in areas as disparate as copyright infringement, commercial transportation, and construction law, to product defects and premises liability. Katie now focuses her practice on municipal and public entity defense and employment law.

Katie has successfully defended clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, including alleged constitutional and civil rights violations, breach of contract, and general liability for a variety of public, non-profit, and private entities. Katie has litigated matters in both state and federal courts, including the North Carolina Business Court and Rule 2.1 Exceptional Civil Cases. She has also handled appeals to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Beyond her work for clients, Katie is passionate about representing North Carolina children by providing pro bono appellate representation for the Office of the Guardian ad Litem.

Katie is originally from Buffalo, New York, but has lived in North Carolina for the past fifteen years. Outside of her practice, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and hiking with hiking with her husband and their Plott hound, Lucy.

Representative Matters

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.

  • Obtained summary judgment for municipality on claims related to police shooting.
  • Obtained a Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of defamation claim by former police captain against municipal employer.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of law enforcement officer alleged to have engaged in unlawful search and arrest of out-of-state plaintiff’s driver registration records. The Eastern District granted summary judgment as to all claims against the individual officer, finding that she had not violated the plaintiff’s constitutional rights.
  • Obtained favorable ruling on a motion to change venue to enforce a venue selection clause to allow a Fortune 500 company client to litigate a commercial dispute in its home venue.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • Co-Author, “Current Trends in False Labeling,” In-House Defense Quarterly, Defense Research Institute, Spring 2018.
  • Author and Presenter, “Risky Business: Considerations in Litigating Claims Arising from High-Risk Activities,” Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog 2017 Seminar: General Liability & Workers’ Compensation Law Update, November 9, 2017.
  • Co-Presenter, “Water and Sewer Impact Fee Cases: Town of Carthage and Beyond,” North Carolina League of Municipalities, June 8, 2017.
  • Author, Passing “Brunch Bills” to Repeal Blue Laws, At Your Service Quarterly, North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, Winter 2016. Republished February 2017, JD Supra, http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/passing-brunch-bills-to-repeal-blue-laws-19018/
  • “Legal Implications of Effective and Proper Use of Premises Camera Surveillance,” The Harmonie Group, Spring 2016 Retail & Hospitality Services Update, contributing author with Stephanie Gaston Poley and Kara Gansmann.
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Continuing Legal Education, Advanced Interrogation Techniques: Getting the Most Out of the Deponent; Feb. 21, 2013 (manuscript).

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CSH Law Attorneys Published in DRI Publication

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Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) attorneys were recently featured in the Spring 2018 edition of In-House Defense Quarterly. The article, “Current Trends in Handling False Labeling Claims,” discusses legal issues surrounding labeling of food items.… Read More

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CSH Law Attorneys Participate in 4ALL Statewide Service Day

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Six attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) participated in the North Carolina Bar Association’s 10th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day on Friday, March 3. The statewide event is sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation and the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA).… Read More

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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