As a civil litigator focused on the defense of professionals, including lawyers and real estate agents, Laura finds herself regularly captivated by the matters she handles.  Each case gives her an opportunity to learn and dig deeply into the best way to defend her client’s position.  In addition to professional liability defense, Laura also handles general business disputes, premise and products liability cases and admiralty and maritime matters.

Laura enjoys the opportunity to develop long term relationships with her clients and they appreciate her attention to detail and her organizational skills.  Laura employs a diplomatic approach to handling cases.  She strives to work closely with not only clients, but also adversaries to resolve pending disputes.  However, when necessary, Laura strongly advocates for her client both inside and outside the courtroom.

Laura practices in both the Federal and State courts across North Carolina.  In addition, she is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey state courts.

Laura is a northern transplant and now lives in beautiful Chapel Hill with her husband and two children.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

Most Recent Posts


Laura Dean to Serve as Program Vice-Chair of DRI Committee

DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar

Laura Dean has been selected to serve as the DRI Professional Liability Committee’s Program Vice-Chair. In this role, she will work with the Program Chair and other steering committee members to plan and host the Committee’s annual December seminar in New York City. The seminar is attended by respected colleagues, clients and other Professional Liability professionals.   … Read More


CSH Law Attorneys Assist in Bar Exam Interview Sessions

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


Laura Dean Featured in DRI Newsletter

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Laura Dean’s article, “Causation in Appellate Malpractice Cases—for a Judge or Jury?”, was featured as the cover story for the Dec. 12, 2018 edition of The Voice, DRI’s e-newsletter.… Read More


Laura Dean Discusses Life as a Raleigh Attorney in UNC Webinar

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Laura Dean, an attorney based in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, participated in the recent “Practicing Law in Raleigh – An Insider’s Perspective” webinar produced by the University of North Carolina School of Law. In the webinar, Laura describes her experience working as an attorney in the Triangle area.… Read More