Pat Flanagan currently serves as the Chair of the firm’s Municipalities & Public Entities Practice Group and Vice-Chair of the Employment Practice Group. Before joining CSH Law, Pat served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. He is a member of all United States District Courts in North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Litigating cases for almost 30 years, Pat focuses his practice on municipal law, civil rights and government liability defense, and the defense of employers, both public and private.  He also defends various types of premises liability claims and claims against homeowners associations, community management groups and non-profit organizations.

Pat has successfully defended public and private entities and individuals in numerous jury trials including wrongful termination; civil rights such as First Amendment, Fourth Amendment and excessive force; wrongful death; contract; defamation; breach of fiduciary duty; negligence; and premises liability. He follows through with his clients, in conjunction with the firm’s Appellate Group, when cases are appealed to the North Carolina and Federal Appellate Courts, and serves on the NCBA Appellate Practice Section.  In addition, he has handled innumerable administrative cases in the EEOC, NCDOL, USDOJ, ESC and NCOAH.

Pat regularly meets with Managers, Councils, and Boards as a trusted legal advisor.  Because he has significant depth and breadth of experience in his areas of expertise, including extensive jury trial experience, Pat sees the big legal picture quickly and provides his clients with actionable strategies to obtain the best outcome for them under the circumstances of each individual case.

Pat began his career with CSH Law in our Raleigh office and moved to the Charlotte office in 2002.  While he enjoyed working in Raleigh and down east, he and his family love life closer to the mountains. He can be found every day walking with his wife of 30 years Leslie and their dogs, or playing sports, running, skiing, and watching their favorite sports teams (especially the Carolina Hurricanes) with his three now grown (almost) children, Houghton, Laney, and Eliza.

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


Pat Flanagan Joins NCADA Board of Directors


Pat Flanagan, an attorney at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, has been elected to the board of directors for the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA). Pat’s term begins in June 2020 and continues for three years.… Read More


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