Pat Flanagan has been practicing defense litigation throughout North Carolina since 1994. Prior to returning to North Carolina, Pat handled criminal and civil matters in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Pat now concentrates his practice in the areas of employment and municipal law before federal and state courts and agencies, as well as handling a variety of premises liability issues, including safety and security related issues, for public entities, non-profits, and private companies.  He currently chairs the firm’s Employment Law section.

As lead counsel, Pat has defended numerous public entities in lawsuits involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination and constitutional violations in federal and state courts. He has also defended numerous police officers and public officials as lead counsel in various claims of constitutional violations in federal and state courts, and has defended various types of premises liability claims as lead counsel for public and private companies.

Representative Matters

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.

  • As lead counsel, successfully argued and obtained favorable reversals of Appellate decisions in two matters before the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • “Litigation, Insurance & Immunities,” N.C. Municipal Attorneys Winter Conference, 2012
  • “Handling the Police Liability Claim,” National Business Institute, 2011
  • “Unemployment Compensation Update,” The Employers Association, 2011
  • Various public risk and training seminars, 2009 – 2011
  • “Free Speech Issues in the Workplace,” N.C. Municipal Attorneys, 2004
  • “Interplay between Workers’ Compensation, ADA, and FMLA,” N.C. Association of Educators, 2002
  • “Police Liability in North Carolina,” Lorman Seminar, 2002
  • “REDA Claims and Due Process Issues,” N.C. League of Municipalities Conference, 2001

Most Recent Posts


CSH Law Charlotte Volunteers at Men’s Shelter

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


Flanagan and Shere Present at NCADA Seminar


Two Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) attorneys will be featured speakers at the upcoming 2017 Fall Seminar for Insurance Claims Managers & Defense Counsel. The seminar is presented by the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA).… Read More


Patrick Flanagan Addresses MCB CLE Event


Patrick Flanagan, an attorney in the Charlotte office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, served on a panel about “Voir Dire and Direct Examination” during a CLE event presented by the Mecklenburg County Bar. The day-long session featured training sessions for trial attorneys and their staff members.… Read More


CSH Law Defends Appeal on Behalf of Municipality

Case Results for NC Law

CSH lawyers prevail in appeal on case in which two subcontractors died while working on a water line project owned by a municipality. Summary judgment was granted in favor of the municipality in the Superior Court case.… Read More