Katie Weaver Hartzog is a partner in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP. She has experience successfully representing businesses, municipalities, educational institutions, housing authorities, and homeowners associations  in a wide range of matters including employment disputes, municipal liability, D&O matters, professional and educators liability claims, contractual disputes and fair housing matters.

Katie has represented businesses and governmental entities on all types of employment disputes including wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, misclassification, wage and hour and FLSA claims, failure to hire and promote, and claims based on alleged violation of the federal and state constitutions. Katie has developed an aggressive motions practice in which she is  frequently successful in obtaining a dismissal or summary judgment. She has also minimized damages and successfully negotiated favorable settlements for numerous clients in a variety of employment matters. Katie has obtained favorable outcomes for employers in the federal and state trial courts of North Carolina, state and federal appellate courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Hearings, and Division of Employment Security.  She has also represented businesses with regard to alleged ADA compliance issues on their premises, including obtaining dismissal of plaintiff’s Title III ADA claims. Katie also regularly counsels and advises clients on avoidance of claims related to terminations, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, disciplinary actions, and restructuring issues.

In addition, Katie has represented educational institutions including local boards of education, charter schools, institutions of higher learning, and individual faculty and administrators on Title IX claims, constitutional claims, improper discipline and suspension claims, employment claims and breach of contract claims.

Finally, Katie has represented homeowner’s associations, property management companies, public housing authorities and their directors and officers with regard to fair housing discrimination claims, employment claims, professional liability claims, and breach of contract claims.

Katie joined the firm in 2004 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduating cum laude from Campbell University School of Law.

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.

  • Obtained summary judgment with regard to plaintiff’s claims of Title VII retaliation and constructive discharge, defamation, and interference with prospective contract.  Plaintiff claimed that he was terminated and retaliated against after complaining to his supervisor about sexual harassment of a co-worker.  Plaintiff also claimed that his supervisor defamed him and interfered with his efforts to obtain a new job by giving plaintiff a false, negative reference.  The Eastern District granted summary judgment as to all claims.
  • Obtained a Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of fraud and misrepresentation on an employer’s behalf.  Summary judgment was later granted with regard to plaintiff’s sole remaining claim of breach of employment contract.
  • Obtained a Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal in an employment case against a plaintiff whose claim of wrongful termination was preempted by the Labor Management Relations Act because he was a member of a local labor union and the terms of his employment were solely governed by a collective bargaining agreement between the union and the employer.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a nonprofit corporation in which a member sought to have the nonprofit corporation dissolved and a declaration that actions by the nonprofit corporation were ultra vires.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of homeowners association and country club with regard to plaintiff’s claims that defendants did not have the right to sell property formerly used as a driving range.
  • Obtained Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of minor plaintiff’s claims of constitutional violations and negligence against school administrators.
  • Obtained complete defense verdict in jury trial in favor of property owners in a hotly contested wrongful death case.


Most Recent Posts


Katie Hartzog Discusses Employment Law in Panel Discussion

Katie Weaver Hartzog participated in an Employment Law panel discussion at the Campbell University School of Law on March 28. The panel was sponsored by the Business Law Association at Campbell Law and included five legal professionals discussing current issues faced by employers and businesses regarding compliance with state and federal employment laws.… Read More


Katie Hartzog Featured in At Your Service


“What you need to know about workplace sexual harassment” is featured in the Spring 2018 edition of At Your Service, a publication of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. The article was written by Katie Hartzog, a partner based in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP.… Read More


Katie Hartzog Presents at NCRLA Expo

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Katie Weaver Hartzog, a partner in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, presented the “Top Reasons Employers Get Into Legal Trouble with Employees” at the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) Expo on Aug. 30. … Read More


Katie Hartzog Speaks at Housing Authority Seminar

Katie Hartzog | Raleigh Attorney

Katie Weaver Hartzog, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was a featured speaker at the Risk Management Seminar sponsored by the North Carolina Housing Authorities Risk Retention Pool. Katie addressed executive directors and HR managers of the Raleigh Housing Authority about “Employment Practices”.… Read More


Katie Weaver Hartzog Appears as Guest of “Legal Matters”


Katie Weaver Hartzog, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, participated in “Legal Matters,” a program by the Triangle Radio Reading Service. The 30-minute segment featured questions and answers about accessibility to commercial facilities under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Triangle Radio Reading Service is a service that allows visually impaired people to receive information on a variety of topics using the latest in audio technology.… Read More


Disability for PTSD Claim Dismissed

Case Results for NC Law

Katie Weaver Hartzog obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s claims against a Community College in which he alleged he was discriminated against based on his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder disability, which he obtained during his service in Afghanistan.… Read More


CSH Law Names 4 New Partners

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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


CSH Law Attorneys Successfully Defend Fire Department

Case Results for NC Law

Paul Derrick and Katie Weaver Hartzog successfully defended a local fire department and its chief facing claims for wrongful discharge, violations of civil rights, violations of union organizing rights, and First Amendment restraint in the US District Court for the Eastern District of NC. … Read More


Sexual Harassment and Defamation Claims Dismissed against City

Case Results for NC Law

Katie Weaver Hartzog obtained summary judgment on behalf of a City in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of N.C. with regard to plaintiff’s claims of Title VII retaliation and constructive discharge, defamation, and interference with prospective contract. … Read More