Nick Valaoras is a partner in the firm’s Charlotte office where he has been practicing since 1993. His practice is focused exclusively on workers’ compensation defense representing employers and insurance carriers. He is also a Board Certified mediator in workers’ compensation cases. Nick is a problem solver who enjoys helping his clients identify which cases to defend and which to resolve. He is a strong advocate of mediation as a way to resolve and settle claims and his years of experience as a mediator have made him an effective negotiator. After growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Nick has called North Carolina home since attending both college and law school at Wake Forest University. A devoted husband and father, Nick also enjoys coaching youth sports, hiking and camping, and following politics and military history in his free time.
Nick has represented employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers in evidentiary and appellate hearings before the North Carolina Industrial Commission, North Carolina Court of Appeals and North Carolina Supreme Court since 1993. Nick has experience in handling traumatic injury by accident cases, occupational disease, repetitive motion disorders, asbestosis, and permanent-total disability claims. He is active with the Workers’ Compensation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and served as Section Council Member from 2010 – 2013.
Articles, Presentations, and Publications
- Nick is a frequent speaker at seminars before workers compensation insurance carriers, employers and rehabilitation professionals on various topics such as Medicare legislation, return to work procedures, occupational diseases, burdens of proof, disability and case law updates.
Most Recent Posts
UPDATED MARCH 30, 2020 There have been several operation and deadline updates affecting North Carolina’s courts and the Industrial Commission. … Read More
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is Signed Into Law On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the… Read More
If a WC Claimant refuses medical treatment due to COVID-19 contamination fears, can benefits be cut off? Under NC Law… Read More
Members of the Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) offices participated in the North Carolina Bar Foundation’s 13th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day on Friday, March 6.… Read More
Thirty-one attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020(Copyright 2019 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).… Read More
Brad Kline and Nick Valaoras served as featured presenters at the Carolinas AGC HR and Safety Conference on March 27. The conference was held March 27-29 at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach. … Read More
Last week, members of the Charlotte office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP recently served 300+ lunches at the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness in the Charlotte Metro region. The organization operates two shelters in Charlotte including more than 400 beds and also provides counseling and training to help occupants find employment and housing.… Read More
Attorneys from the offices of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) participated in the North Carolina Bar Association’s 12thAnnual 4ALL Statewide Service Day on Friday, March 1.… 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
Attorneys from the offices of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) participated in the North Carolina Bar Association’s 11th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day on Friday, March 2.… 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
Nick Valaoras and Lee Poole, attorneys in the Charlotte office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, will be featured speakers at the 2015 Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Western North Carolina Chapter Educational and Networking Event. The event is scheduled for today at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge in Charlotte. Nick and Lee will be speaking on defense and settlement strategies for workers’ compensation and civil liability cases involving chronic pain management issues.… Read More
The arrival of summer marks the end of another school year and the anticipation of beach vacations, backyard cookouts, and… Read More
John Ong, Pat Flanagan and Nick Valaoras will be the featured speakers at a panel discussion for the Associated Builders… Read More
Ten attorneys from CSH Law provided vital legal advice and resources in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day.… Read More
CSH Law Charlotte attorney, is published in the Course & Scope, an e-newsletter for the North Carolina Bar Association’s (NCBA) Workers Compensation Section… Read More