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 Cranfill Sumner, 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 Cranfill Sumner 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.
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, an attorney at Cranfill Sumner, served as a featured speaker at the Harmonie Group Civil Rights Webinar on Jan. 19.… Read More
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Patrick Flanagan (Charlotte) and Stephanie Webster (Charlotte) obtained Summary Judgment in an action involving allegations of excessive use of force… Read More
On Oct. 30, Pat Flanagan spoke at the 36th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor & Employment Law Program, which was presented by the North Carolina Bar Association. The day-long webcast featured attorneys discussing a wide range of topics about labor and employment law.… Read More
Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) today announced that Paul Gessner has joined the firm’s Raleigh office as Of Counsel. Gessner will join the Municipalities and Public Entities Practice Group and the Employment Law Practice Group.… Read More
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Last week, members of the Charlotte office of Cranfill Sumner 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
Today Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) proudly announced that 21 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 2019 North Carolina Rising Stars lists.… Read More
Pat Flanagan has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the NCBA’s Appellate Practice Section Council. His term will end in 2021.… Read More
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Pat Flanagan, Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner LLP, was recently appointed to serve as Employment Law Section Chair of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys.… Read More