Rebecca focuses her civil litigation practice on representing builders, developers, homeowner association boards and other business professionals in construction law, mechanic lien law, community association law and other complex litigation matters.  Rebecca has practiced civil litigation in North Carolina since 2006 and focuses her practice on construction law and community association law.  Known for her diligence, attention to detail and responsiveness, she builds long lasting client relationships.   

Rebecca is admitted to practice in North Carolina and Massachusetts. Prior to joining Cranfill Sumner LLP, Rebecca practiced at a firm in Wilmington where her practice focused on construction law and civil litigation.

Construction Law

Rebecca has extensive knowledge in the construction industry and construction litigation.  Her experience as a construction attorney in Wilmington, NC includes successfully representing builders, developers, and other construction professionals in construction defect, contract and lien disputes.*  Rebecca has represented clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, such as the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors and OSHA.

Mechanic Lien Law

As a Wilmington construction lien attorney, Rebecca files, prosecutes and defends lien claims on behalf of general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers throughout the State of North Carolina.

Community Association Law

As an HOA attorney in Wilmington, NC, Rebecca represents and advises homeowners associations, condominium associations, and marina associations concerning contract claims, declaratory judgment actions (regarding the rights and responsibilities of parties), and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

Product Liability Law

Rebecca also defends product manufacturers and distributors against claims for alleged defects in the design, construction, and marketing of products.


Rebecca has received numerous certifications, accolades and awards from her peers and top legal publications and programs, including:

  • Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP) designation from Litigation Management Institute of Claims and Litigation (2019)
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite in the fields of Appellate Law – 2019, 2020 and Construction Law — 2019, 2020, 2021.
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Super Lawyer in the field of Construction Litigation — 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America® — 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Construction Litigation — 2014, 2015, 2016


*Cases or matters referenced do not represent the attorney’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.

  • Obtained Summary Judgment on commercial lease dispute for client facing over $500,000 of liability on commercial lease guaranty.
  • Succeeded in obtaining summary judgment for a homeowners association in a declaratory judgment action concerning maintenance obligations of common area in neighborhood development.
  • Obtained Temporary Restraining Order freezing the assets of multiple companies in a business divorce action.
  • Filed and resolved liens concerning several residential developments throughout North Carolina for a national equipment rental company
  • Obtained summary judgment for a homeowners’ association on claims against the HOA for slander of title, declaratory judgment, and preliminary and permanent injunctions that was affirmed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals


Most Recent Posts


Rebecca Knudson Named Partner of Cranfill Sumner

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Cranfill Sumner today announced that Rebecca Knudson has been named a partner in the firm. Rebecca is based in the firm’s Wilmington office and focuses her civil litigation practice on representing builders, developers, homeowner association boards and other business professionals in construction law, mechanic lien law, community association law and other complex litigation matters.… 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


Rebecca Knudson Featured on Legal Podcast

Rebecca Knudson, an attorney in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner), was featured on the Objection to the Form podcast which is hosted by Justin Humphries, the Managing Partner of The Humphries Law Firm. Rebecca discussed negotiating residential construction contracts. The podcast is available at the following link and will be available on YouTube.… Read More


Cranfill Sumner Adds Staff to Wilmington Office

Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) today announced additions to its staff in Wilmington. Sarah Johann has been promoted to the position of Legal Assistant/Paralegal. Hannah Morris has joined Cranfill Sumner as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal. Evelyn Tordoff has joined the firm as a Paralegal.… Read More


Cranfill Sumner Offices Host Dress for Success Clothing Drives

Throughout the month of April, the offices of Cranfill Sumner LLP are hosting clothing and accessories drives to benefit Dress for Success. Dress for Success provides a network of support, professional attire and developmental tools to help women become financially independent and succeed in work and life.… Read More


Rebecca Knudson Recognized for Pro Bono Service to Legal Aid of North Carolina

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Rebecca Knudson recently received an award from Legal Aid of North Carolina in recognition of her pro bono services to the organization’s clients.  Rebecca has worked with Legal Aid of North Carolina for the past five years and has helped clients in practice areas including landlord-tenant law, employment law, and criminal expunctions.… Read More


Cranfill Sumner Attorneys Featured in Insightful Discussion

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Kara Gansmann and Rebecca Knudson recently participated in an Insightful Discussion for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. The article, “Legal Advice for Business and Personal Matters,” allowed Wilmington-area attorneys to answer reader questions about legal matters.… Read More


4ALL Statewide Service Day

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Attorneys from the offices of Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) participated in the North Carolina Bar Association’s 11th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day on Friday, March 2.… Read More


Colleen Shea and Rebecca Knudson Featured in WILMA Magazine

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Colleen Shea and Rebecca Knudson are listed in the August 2017 edition of WILMA Magazine. The August Spotlight column lists the Wilmington attorneys featured in the 2017 Women in the Law by Best Lawyers Business Edition and includes a quote from Colleen about her experience as a female attorney.… Read More


Rebecca Knudson Joins Cranfill Sumner Wilmington Office

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Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) announced today that Rebecca Knudson has joined the firm’s Wilmington office as an Of Counsel Attorney. Knudson will focus her practice on construction law, civil litigation, business law, professional liability, and community association law. … Read More