Brian’s diverse career history and law practice experience puts him in a unique position to fully understand the workers’ compensation claims he is defending, the demands of the antagonist parties, and the expectations of his own clients. He started practicing law in North Carolina as Counsel for the injured worker in 2001.  In 2005, he switched sides of the aisle and has been primarily defending workers’ compensation claims since.  Brian also handles HOA representation, landlord/tenant and property disputes, employment law issues, and estate litigation.  He was certified in 2018 as a North Carolina Superior Court Mediator.

Brian enjoys helping all varieties of employers, insurance carriers, and third-party-administrators navigate their workers’ compensation claims to resolution.  He will settle claims when possible, but does not shy away from litigation if necessary.  In addition to his legal education and experience, Brian has been a parachute rigger in the Army, a scientist in a DNA lab, and a middle school special education teacher.  He is most proud of being the father of a teenage boy and girl.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • “Freeman v. Rothrock, A Discussion of the Recent N.C. Court of Appeals’ Decision and its Practical Impact on Hiring Prospective Employees and Handling Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Fall CSH Educational Seminar 2008.
  • Seminar Co-Chair and Instructor, Medical Records Management for the North Carolina Paralegal, National Business Institute, 2004.

Most Recent Posts


CSH Law to Host CE By the Sea

Questions and Answers street sign

On May 20, the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) will host CE By the Sea. The half-day seminar will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the CSH Law office in Wilmington. Complimentary CE Credit is available for Workers’ Comp Adjusters (3 hours) and Human Resources Professionals (3 hours – pending).… Read More


CSH Law Attorneys to Speak at NCPRIMA Conference

People watching a presentation

Two attorneys in the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP will be featured speakers at the 2015 North Carolina Public Risk Management Association (NCPRIMA) Educational Conference. Robin Hayes Terry will speak on a panel entitled “Managing Workers’ Compensation Claims: Before, During and After.” Brian Kromke will speak about “Social Media-Investigating & Defending Claims.”… Read More


CSH Law Names 4 New Partners

CSH Law North Carolina

CSH Law named four new partners: Leanne Dale, Katie Hartzog, Amy Pfeiffer out of the firm’s Raleigh office and Brian Kromke of the firm’s Wilmington office.… Read More