Dan M. Hartzog, Jr. has been practicing defense litigation since 2006.  He joined the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. In the course of this time, he has successfully handled matters in several areas, primarily focusing on employment law and municipal liability.

Dan has experience defending a variety of civil litigation cases, including employment discrimination and retaliation claims, alleged constitutional violations, Title IX claims, wrongful arrests and searches, defamation claims, civil conspiracy claims, and general liability claims.  Dan has also successfully defended numerous EEOC and OAH charges involving alleged discrimination and retaliation and obtained findings of employee misconduct and substantial fault in Employment Security Commission appeals.  He has also guided several employers through difficult termination proceedings.

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.

  • Ennis v. Town of Kill Devil Hills – In a case that received significant media attention, Dan successfully obtained dismissal of all claims in a lawsuit brought by four current and former police officers against his client, the Town of Kill Devil Hills. The officers brought twenty separate causes of action against the Town and various officials, including claims for wrongful discharge, violations of due process, equal protection, and free speech, defamation, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, violation of the wage and hour act, as well as several others.
  • Jones v. Cloutier, et. al. – Dan successfully obtained summary judgment on a claim brought against several police officers for alleged Fourth Amendment violations. The officers were attempting to execute an arrest warrant for the Plaintiff. As part of their search, they went to the Plaintiff’s mother’s residence on the belief that Plaintiff might be there. After Plaintiff’s mother gave consent for the officers to enter the dwelling, the officer’s noticed a safe which was locked. Plaintiff’s mother gave the officers the key to the safe, where they found Plaintiff’s photo ID, drugs, and a weapon. The officers Motion for Summary Judgment was granted on the grounds that Plaintiff did not have standing to challenge the officers’ search because he did not have a legitimate expectation of privacy in his mother’s house.
  • Wood v. Town of Warsaw –  Obtained summary judgment in an age discrimination case brought by the former police chief against the Town of Warsaw under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The former police chief was terminated at age 65. He alleged that he was terminated due to his age, and claimed that the Town Manager told him during his termination meeting that the Town Board wanted “younger blood” in the Chief’s officer. He further alleged that the Mayor commented that the Town needed a “younger Chief” during his grievance appeal to the Town Board. Following discovery, the Town moved for summary judgment, which was granted on the grounds that the ex-chief was unable to establish age discrimination.

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Dan Hartzog, Jr. Named Angier Town Attorney

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Dan Hartzog, Jr., a municipal and employment law attorney with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), was recently named the Town Attorney for Angier, N.C.  He began serving as Town Attorney on April 1, 2018 in addition to maintaining his current practice at CSH Law.… Read More


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


Dan Hartzog Jr. Named Hope Mills Town Attorney

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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


No Facts to Support Hostile Work Environment Claim

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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


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

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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


Firefighter Kept Loaded Gun in his Locker

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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