Dawn Lane is a partner in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner LLP. Her practice is focused in the areas of estate planning, elder law, alternative dispute resolution, guardianship, estate and trust litigation, special needs planning, and worker’s compensation.

She works directly with individuals and families in all stages of life so that financial and personal objectives are obtained during estate planning with greater control, privacy and security. She has more than 20 years of litigation and estate planning experience.  In estate planning matters, she has drafted wills, durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living trusts, irrevocable trusts, and special needs trusts.  From a litigation perspective, she represents clients involved in guardianships, incompetency proceedings, trust and estate litigation, will caveats and fiduciary matters.

Dawn has experience with all levels of workers’ compensation litigation including motions, mediations, hearings with a Deputy Commissioner, Full Commission oral arguments and appeals to the state appellate courts. Dawn has handled numerous claims involving a variety of issues ranging from injury by accident, occupational disease, medical causation, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation and return to work issues. She has obtained favorable results for various clients in workers’ compensation matters including injury by accident, specific traumatic incident, medical causation/treatment, ongoing disability, return to work issues and independent contractors/employees.

She has been a member of the North Carolina State Bar since 1996 and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, Elder Law and Special Needs Section as well and the Dispute Resolution Section.

Dawn completed law school while working full time as a trust and estate planning officer. She became a Certified Financial Planner while attending law school and working full-time. She is married with two children.

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Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • “New I.C. Forms and Procedures,” Fall CSH Educational Seminar 2008.
  • Dawn Lane has presented various workers’ compensation and litigation topics to employers, medical and vocational rehabilitation professionals and insurance carriers.

Most Recent Posts


CSH Law Attorneys Participate in NCBA CLE

Dawn Lane and Roy Pettigrew, Partners at CSH Law, participated in the “Advanced Topics of Workers’ Compensation (2020 Workers’ Compensation Section Fall CLE)” presented by the North Carolina Bar Association NCBA Workers’ Compensation Section.  … Read More


Cranfill Sumner Attorneys Volunteer for Legal Aid Eviction Project

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In May 2020, Legal Aid of North Carolina launched an effort to help North Carolinians who were struggling to pay rent and were facing eviction. Legal Aid paired available emergency financial support with a search for volunteer attorneys from across the state who could help negotiate past and future payments with landlords.… Read More


Dawn Lane Presents at NCBA Workers Compensation Seminar

Dawn Lane, an attorney at Cranfill Sumner & Hartog LLP (Cranfill Sumner), was a co-presenter at the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Workers’ Compensation Law Section meeting on Dec. 4. The event was held at the NCBA Bar Center in Cary.… Read More


Cranfill Sumner Attorneys Assist in Bar Exam Interview Sessions

Several Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) attorneys assisted with interviews for the February 2019 bar exam session for the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners. Cranfill Sumner is committed to giving back to the legal community and is proud to support the NC State Bar admissions process.… Read More


Dawn Lane Featured in NCBA Foundation Newsletter

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Dawn Lane, a partner at Cranfill Sumner LLP, was featured in the Oct. 25 edition of “Foundation Spotlight,” the North Carolina Bar Foundation newsletter. Dawn was featured in the article “Wills for Heroes Volunteers Provide Peace of Mind for First Responders” which highlighted the Wills for Heroes program.… Read More


Dawn Lane Participates in Wills For Heroes Event

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Dawn Lane participated in the Wills for Heroes event on Oct. 6. She helped first responders and their families with the creation of legal documents including Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Powers of Attorney. Dawn is a partner based in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner LLP.… Read More