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.
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 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
Today Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) proudly announced that 21 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 2019 North Carolina Rising Stars lists.… Read More
Thirty-two attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).… Read More
“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
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Katie Hartzog has received an AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.… Read More
North Carolina Supreme Court recognizes a new claim in favor of governmental employees pursuant to the North Carolina Constitution The… Read More
In North Carolina, employers must not only understand and comply with federal labor and employment laws, but also ensure compliance… Read More
Thirty-three attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Eight attorneys were selected for inclusion in the list for the first time.… Read More
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 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, 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
Katie Weaver Hartzog obtained dismissal of plaintiffs’ state law tort claims based on governmental immunity and failure to state a claim where plaintiffs alleged they were sexually harassed by their supervisor.… Read More
Failure to comply with federal employment laws can have serious costs and ramifications for employers. Two key federal laws that… Read More
Katie Weaver Hartzog won a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a behavioral health service entity on plaintiff’s claims for wrongful termination in violation of public policy.… Read More
Katie Hartzog Prevails on Motion to Dismiss for City Client… Read More
Katie Hartzog Obtains Summary Judgment for City Client… Read More
CSH Law attorneys present at the “Employment Law Beyond the Basics” Seminar.… Read More
Katie Weaver Hartzog obtained a recommendation by a magistrate judge in federal court for summary judgment in favor of a volunteer fire department in which plaintiff alleged First Amendment Retaliation and Equal Protection claims.… Read More
CSH Law hosts Client Education Conference: Workers’ Compensation & General Liability Law Updates at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh. … Read More
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
Katie Weaver Hartzog prevailed on a motion to dismiss of plaintiff’s claims of fraud and misrepresentation against his former employer.… Read More
Ten CSH Law attorneys were selected as 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 14 CSH Law attorneys were selected as 2013 North Carolina Rising Stars.… Read More
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
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
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
Katie Weaver Hartzog and Dan Hartzog obtained a Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of a police officer’s claims that she was constructively discharged based on her refusal to “cover up” an allegedly shoddy criminal investigation.… Read More
Katie Weaver Hartzog obtained a dismissal of a matter filed with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings after filing a motion to dismiss and supporting memorandum… Read More