Kelley M. Petcavich graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law and joined Cranfill Sumner in 2022 where she focuses her practice on medical malpractice, professional liability, and general civil litigation matters. While in law school, Kelley served as Executive Forum Editor of Volume 100 of the North Carolina Law Review and clerked for Senior Resident Superior Court Judge D. Thomas Lambeth, Jr. throughout her second year.

For Kelley, defending hospitals and health care providers is not only a professional passion but personal. Having multiple health care providers in her family, including her husband and brother-in-law who are both physicians, allows Kelley to bring a unique perspective when defending healthcare clients. Kelley further developed a nuanced understanding of the healthcare system and the issues affecting providers as an extern with the General Counsel of UNC Health Care while in law school.

Before law school, Kelley began her legal career as an Offices Services Assistant with Cranfill Sumner while she was an undergraduate at Meredith College. After obtaining her paralegal certificate from Duke University, Kelley went on to work as a paralegal for nine years, seven of which were spent with Cranfill Sumner’s Raleigh and Charlotte offices. As a paralegal, Kelley gained fundamental knowledge in the areas of medical malpractice, professional liability, employment law, and complex civil litigation. Understanding the anatomy of a case allows Kelley to maximize her efficiency without sacrificing the quality clients deserve and expect.

In her free time, Kelley enjoys spending time with her husband, actively avoiding learning how to cook, running, and using the Oxford comma.