Melody practices professional liability defense, including the defense of attorneys, architects & engineers, real estate professionals, accountants, home inspectors & appraisers, land surveyors, directors & officers of community associations and other non-medical professionals. Melody is Section Leader for the Firm’s Professional Liability practice group and she has maintained an active leadership role in the Defense Research Institute (DRI)’s Professional Liability Committee since 2009, currently serving as its Annual Meeting Chair and on the DRI Professional Liability Seminar Steering Committee.

Melody’s dedication to professional liability defense includes counseling her professional clients on their ethical obligations and – if a mistake is made – assisting her clients in determining if the error can be corrected or the damage lessened and a claim or lawsuit avoided.

In addition to professional liability defense, Melody’s legal experience includes general construction litigation, community associations litigation, representation of corporations in business disputes and general liability matters.

Melody has been an active member of DRI since 2006.  In 2013, she was appointed to the Lawyers Mutual Eastern Carolina Community Board and she currently still serves in that role.

Melody maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a prestigious peer review rating that recognizes attorneys who have reached high levels of skill and integrity. She has been named by North Carolina Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star:  2010 – 2017, and she received the “2008 Power of Justice Pro Bono Impact Award” presented by NC Bar Association and Business Leader Magazine.

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Melody Jolly Presents at Professional Liability Seminar

DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar

Melody Jolly, an attorney in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, is speaking at the DRI Professional Liability seminar. Melody’s presentation, “Win, Lose, or Draw: Building Your Way out of a Complex Construction Case as the Design Professional,” is scheduled for today at 10:55 a.m. She is also on the Steering Committee for both the Professional Liability Committee and the Seminar.… Read More


Melody Jolly to Speak at DRI Annual Meeting

DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar

Melody Jolly will present at the Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics Committee and Professional Liability Committee joint-CLE during the DRI Annual Meeting in Boston. Melody, an attorney in Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP’s Wilmington office, will participate in the panel discussion entitled, “I Made a Mistake! What Now? Don’t Make It Worse!” on Oct. 21. Melody is also the Annual Meeting Chair for the Professional Liability Committee.… Read More