Melanie Huffines is a litigator in the Wilmington office, bringing a passion for advocacy and finding the best possible resolution to disputes. Melanie has defended corporations and individuals, both domestic and international, facing federal and state criminal investigations, maritime personal injury and negligence claims under the Jones Act and general maritime law, as well as claims for breach of contract, negligence, defamation, and other torts. She has experience advising clients on information privacy, federal and state regulatory compliance, and maritime first-party insurance coverage issues including bad faith and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Melanie also serves on the Board of Directors of the Charlotte International Arbitration Society.

Melanie joined Cranfill Sumner in 2019 after graduating magna cum laude from Campbell University School of Law.  In her time at Campbell Law, she clerked with Cranfill Sumner, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and Toshiba.  She was a member of Campbell’s National Moot Court Team, an editor on the Campbell Law Review, a teaching scholar for Torts professor Lisa Lukasik, President of the Public Interest Law Student Association, received two writing awards in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and was inducted into the Order of Old Kivett.

A North Carolina native, Melanie enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and spoiling her two cats Mr. T and Othello.

Most Recent Posts


Cranfill Sumner Attorneys and Paralegals Volunteer for Mock Trial Competition

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Attorneys and paralegals from the Charlotte and Wilmington offices of Cranfill Sumner LLP volunteered for regional Mock Trial competitions in their local areas on Feb. 5. They served as judges and jurors during the mock proceedings, which allowed high school students to participate in mock trial competitions and learn about the judicial process. … Read More


CSH Law Attorneys Participate in CIAS Fall Symposium Virtual War Room

Attorneys from Cranfill Sumner LLP (CSH Law) participated in the Oct. 21 Fall Symposium for the Charlotte International Arbitration Society (CIAS) Virtual War Room on Hybrid and Virtual Arbitrations. The continuing education conference provided best practices for dispute resolution processes and for handling evidence and proceedings in hybrid and virtual international mediations and arbitrations.… Read More


CSH Law Attorneys and Staff Participate in Mock Trial Competition


On Feb. 5 and Feb. 6, Cranfill Sumner LLP (CSH Law) attorneys and staff members volunteered at the 29th annual NCAJ High School Mock Trial Competition which was held virtually.  The attorneys and staff who participated were Deedee Gasch, Melanie Huffines, Levi Huston, Colleen Shea, and Emily Enojado.… Read More


Cranfill Sumner Attorneys Volunteer for Legal Aid Eviction Project

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In May 2020, Legal Aid of North Carolina launched an effort to help North Carolinians who were struggling to pay rent and were facing eviction. Legal Aid paired available emergency financial support with a search for volunteer attorneys from across the state who could help negotiate past and future payments with landlords.… Read More