Jerri J. Simmons is a Partner in the Charlotte Office of Cranfill Sumner, where she has been practicing defense litigation since joining the firm in 2010.  She is a sound strategic partner and passionate advocate for her clients.  She is a problem solver and enjoys working closely with her clients to develop defense strategies for favorable claim resolutions.

Jerri has experience handling claims in all areas of workers’ compensation.  Specifically, she has handled all types of injury by accident and specific traumatic incident claims.  She has handled death claims as well.  Jerri has significant experience handling occupational disease claims, such as claims involving asbestosis, mesothelioma, silicosis, chemical exposures, etc… Ultimately, she enjoys handling all types of workers’ compensation cases.  Interestingly enough, she has become well-versed in handling lightning strike and electrical injury claims, too.

Over the years, Jerri has worked with her clients to achieve results at mediations and in litigation before the N.C. Industrial Commission and the N.C. Court of Appeals.  Jerri is also a Certified Mediator with the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.  When Jerri is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.  She has four children that keep her and her husband on their toes.  She also enjoys traveling.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • 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 in Orlando FL
  • 2021 – 26th Annual NC Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, Panel Speaker, “Treating the Workers’ Compensation Patient and Maximizing Return-To-Work Potential”
  • 2021 – “Asbestos Claims: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” – Webinar
  • 2021 – Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute, “Deep Dive: A State-by-State Exploration of Top Tips for Defending COVID-19 Claims, Investigating Remote Injuries and Moving Claims Forward in Today’s Remote World” – Webinar
  • 2021 – “How to Handle Asbestos Claims” – Webinar
  • 2020 – “Diggin’ In To Disability” – Webinar
  • 2020 – Workers’ Compensation Section Annual Meeting, Panel Speaker, “Six Months In . . . Forecasting the Future of N.C.G.S. Section 97-29(c),”
  • 2019 – “2019 Flood Case Law Update” – Webinar
  • 2019 – “2019 Case Law Update: Examination of Recent WC Cases, Rules, and Procedures” – Webinar
  • Navigating Attendant Care Issues,” Course & Scope – Workers’ Compensation Section of the NC Bar Association, April 2014

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


Jerri Simmons Elected to NCADA Board of Directors


Jerri Simmons was recently elected to serve on the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) Board of Directors. Jerri was sworn in during the NCADA Annual Meeting which was held June 13-16 in Asheville.… Read More


Jerri Simmons To Serve as Vice Chair of NCADA Committee


Jerri Simmons, an attorney in the Charlotte office of Cranfill Sumner LLP, was recently elected Vice Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee for the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA). Jerri’s one-year term began in June 2017.… Read More