Rebecca is a passionate about construction law and draws on her years of experience working with all different facets of the industry to represent her clients zealously, with a firm understanding of her clients’ legal and business issues. From builders and developers, to homeowner association boards, and other business professionals, Rebecca focuses her civil litigation practice on matters concerning construction law, community association law, business law, maritime law and other complex litigation matters.

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.  Her experience includes successfully* representing builders, developers, and other construction professionals in construction defect, contract and lien disputes.  Rebecca also represents and advises homeowners associations and marina associations concerning contract claims, declaratory judgment actions (regarding the rights and responsibilities of parties), and breach of fiduciary duty claims.  Rebecca also defends product manufacturers and distributors against claims for alleged defects in the design, construction, and marketing of products.

In 2019, Rebecca earned her Certified Litigation Management (CLMP) designation from Litigation Management Institute (LMI) offered by the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).  LMI is a rigorous certification program designed for attorneys and those in the litigation management field with more than 10 years of experience.  LMI provides a comprehensive understanding of the business of litigation management by bridging the gap between legal theory, litigation strategy and the business aspects of litigation management.

Rebecca was recognized by Business North Carolina magazine as part of the magazine’s Legal Elite Program in the fields of Appellate Law and Construction Law in 2019 and 2020.  She was also selected by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer in the field of Construction Litigation in from 2017 to 2019 and was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America from 2016 – 2020.   Rebecca was selected by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Construction Litigation from 2014 – 2016.  Rebecca previously served as President of the New Hanover County Bar Association from 2015 – 2016.

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


*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.


Contributor, “Legal Advice for Business & Personal Matters,” for Greater  Insights column (April 20, 2018)

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Rebecca Knudson Featured on Legal Podcast

Rebecca Knudson, an attorney in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), 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


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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


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4ALL Statewide Service Day

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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


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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 CSH Law Wilmington Office

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Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) 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