We work with North Carolina cities, counties, municipalities, and other public entities on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Accusations of civil rights violations
  • Employment law, workers’ compensation, and workforce management
  • Governmental torts, including motor vehicle negligence and premises liability
  • Internal grievance processes and response management
  • Police law matters, from accusations of negligence to alleged civil rights violations
  • Zoning and land use matters

Our team of attorneys has extensive experience dealing with complex immunity issues that are specific to local government, as well as managing the media and responding to requests for public records that often surround high-profile claims.

Our approach relies on proactively helping you with risk management strategies and training for employees, while efficiently and cost-effectively managing your legal budget and overall bottom line.

The group is led by co-chairs Pat Flanagan and Dan Hartzog, who have more than 60 years of combined experience working with municipalities and public entities in North Carolina. They and their team of veteran attorneys are highly skilled at handling cases in state and federal court and before administrative bodies like the Department of Labor and Office of Administrative Hearings.

The Municipalities and Public Entities Practice Group covers all of North Carolina from our offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington. To speak to an attorney, please contact Pat Flanagan or Dan Hartzog.


Most Recent Posts

  News

Dan Hartzog, Jr. to Present at UNC Law Symposium

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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

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Flanagan and Shere Present at NCADA Seminar

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Two Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) attorneys will be featured speakers at the upcoming 2017 Fall Seminar for Insurance Claims Managers & Defense Counsel. The seminar is presented by the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA).… Read More

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Meredith FitzGibbon Joins CSH Law Charlotte Office

Meredith Fitzgibbon | Employment Law Attorney | Municipalities & Public Entities Attorney

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Meredith FitzGibbon has joined its Charlotte office as an Associate Attorney. FitzGibbon focuses her practice on civil litigation, with an emphasis on employment law and defense of municipalities and public entities.… Read More

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Stephanie Webster Joins CSH Law Charlotte Office

Stephanie Webster | Employment Attorney | Municipalities & Public Entities Attorney | Charlotte, NC

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Stephanie Webster has joined the firm’s Charlotte office. Webster will serve as an attorney in the Employment Law and Municipal & Public Entities Practice Groups.… Read More

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Tips for Hiring Your Seasonal Help

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Stephanie Gaston Poley and Virginia Wooten are featured in the July 2016 edition of At Your Service, the magazine for the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. Their article, “Tips for Hiring Your Seasonal Help,” explains the legal issues that must be considered when hiring seasonal staff. … Read More

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Dan Hartzog Jr. Named Hope Mills Town Attorney

Dan Hartzog, Jr. | Attorney Raleigh

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

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Public Immunity Fact Sheet

Public Entity Immunity Facts

The Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog Municipalities and Public Entities attorneys work with clients from Murphy to Manteo.  They have assembled… Read More

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No Facts to Support Hostile Work Environment Claim

Case Results for NC Law

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

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All Claims Against City Dismissed in Lawsuit Brought by Former Police Officer

Case Results for NC Law

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

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CSH Law Defends Appeal on Behalf of Municipality

Case Results for NC Law

CSH lawyers prevail in appeal on case in which two subcontractors died while working on a water line project owned by a municipality. Summary judgment was granted in favor of the municipality in the Superior Court case.… Read More

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Municipality Prevails in Zoning Dispute

Case Results for NC Law

Marshall Wall won summary judgment for a municipality sued as the result of a zoning dispute with a landowner. The landowner, a trust, wanted to put a church into a commercial property that it owned, but the property was not zoned for church use.… Read More

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Disability for PTSD Claim Dismissed

Case Results for NC Law

Katie Weaver Hartzog obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s claims against a Community College in which he alleged he was discriminated against based on his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder disability, which he obtained during his service in Afghanistan.… Read More

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Community College Teacher Loses on Claims of Employment Discrimination

Case Results for NC Law

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

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CSH Law Attorneys Successfully Defend Fire Department

Case Results for NC Law

Paul Derrick and Katie Weaver Hartzog successfully defended a local fire department and its chief facing claims for wrongful discharge, violations of civil rights, violations of union organizing rights, and First Amendment restraint in the US District Court for the Eastern District of NC. … Read More

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Sexual Harassment and Defamation Claims Dismissed against City

Case Results for NC Law

Katie Weaver Hartzog obtained summary judgment on behalf of a City in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of N.C. with regard to plaintiff’s claims of Title VII retaliation and constructive discharge, defamation, and interference with prospective contract. … Read More

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Derrick and Jolly Defend Fire Department in Federal Suit

Case Results for NC Law

Paul Derrick and Melody Jolly represented a local fire department and its chief in this action involving claims for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, retaliatory discharge, and First Amendment restraint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of NC. … Read More

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Firefighter Kept Loaded Gun in his Locker

Case Results for NC Law

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