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 Vice Chair.

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.

In 2013, she was appointed to the Lawyers Mutual Eastern Carolina Community Board and she currently still serves in that role. In 2017, Melody accepted an invitation to membership in the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

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, was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Professional Malpractice Law: 2018, and she received the “2008 Power of Justice Pro Bono Impact Award” presented by NC Bar Association and Business Leader Magazine.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • DRI Professional Liability Seminar, New York, NY, November 28-30, 2018 (details to follow)
  • “Even Homer Nods: What to Look Out for in Professional Indemnity Claims,” DRI International Dispute Resolution Conference, London, England, June 14, 2018.
  • “Attacks on Professional Licensure,” DRI Professional Liability Seminar, December 2017
  • Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics and Professional Liability: “I Made a Mistake! What Now? Don’t Make It Worse!” DRI Annual Meeting, October 2016
  • “Win, Lose, or Draw: Building Your Way out of a Complex Construction Case as the Design Professional,” DRI Professional Liability Seminar, December 2016
  • Steering Committee, DRI Professional Liability Seminar, Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, New York, NY, December 2012
  • “Personal Injury Trials,” Getting the Most Out of Your Evidence, 2009

Most Recent Posts


Melody Jolly Selected to Join IADC

Melody Jolly, a partner based in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), has been selected to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).… Read More


CSH Law Attorneys to Lead PLAN Webinar


On Sept. 21, Dan Katzenbach and Melody Jolly will present the PLAN Webinar “Win, Lose, or Draw: Building Your Way Out of a Complex Construction Case As the Design Professional.” The webinar is presented by PLAN, the Professional Liability Attorney Network.… Read More


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