David A. Rhoades has been handling matters in the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group for employers and workers’ compensation carriers since 1989 in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner LLP. David received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 and received his JD/MBA degree from Wake Forest University School of Law and Wake Forest Babcock Graduate School of Management in 1989. He has extensive experience at all levels of workers’ compensation litigation, including mediations, hearings, full commission oral arguments as well as appeals before both the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court and with cases involving injury by accident claims, occupational disease claims, chemical exposure, return to work/vocational issues, medical treatment issues, psychological/psychiatric issues, total disability claims and death claims. Some of David’s clients include trucking companies, manufacturers, builders, hospitals, medical providers, restaurants, retail stores and their workers’ compensation carriers.

David is a Certified Superior Court Mediator.

David maintains an AV Preeminent rating with Martindale Hubbell, a prestigious peer review rating that recognizes attorneys who have reached high levels of skill and integrity, and has been listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013. David has presented on a wide variety of workers’ compensation topics to employers and carriers of all sizes.

David has been married to wife Mary Beth since 1990, and together they have two children, Sarah Ann and Harrison.


  • 2022 – Workers’ Compensation Insitute Conference, Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute, Panel Speaker, “CSI: Orlando Special Claims Investigation” in Orlando, FL
  • 2021 – Workers’ Compensation Institute Conference, Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute Multi-State Breakout Day, Panel Speaker
  • 2021 – Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute (WCDI) Webinar, Presentation “Tips from the Trenches.”

    Most Recent Posts


    Cranfill Sumner Staff Honored as 2023 “Unsung Legal Heroes”

    Close up of star awards

    Dora Kripapuri and Heather Diaz, members of the Cranfill Sumner LLP staff, have been recognized as 2023 Unsung Legal Heroes by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly (pages 18-19) . This award recognizes the staff members of law firms statewide who show dedication to their careers.… Read More


    CSH Law Attorneys Lead WCDI Breakout Sessions

    Cranfill Sumner LLP attorneys attended and participated in the recent Multi-State Breakout Sessions for the Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute during the 2022 WCI Annual Conference. The theme for the breakout sessions was “CSI: Orlando Special Claims Investigation” and focused on navigating a workers’ compensation injury investigation. … Read More


    CSH Law Attorneys Present at WCDI Webinar

    Attorneys from Cranfill Sumner LLP participated in the April 30 Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute (WCDI) webinar entitled, “Tips From the Trenches.” David Rhoades presented at the webinar, and Jennifer Morris Jones served as moderator.… Read More