Robin spends her days working with employers as a collaborative business partner to assist them in workers compensation matters.  She is passionate about educating her clients on the workers compensation system by finding ways to improve their internal procedures so that they will be better prepared to assist their employees in compensable claims while zealously defending her clients against claims deemed to be unfairly or inappropriately pursued.

Robin has a strategic advantage in representing employers because she started her career working in a firm which represented Plaintiffs. That foundation allows her to anticipate an employee’s demands so that her clients are better prepared to stave off those demands. She knows that by understanding a client’s business model and through effective communication, she can work with her clients to find efficient and cost-effective solutions to close claims.  As a result, Robin has handled hundreds of workers compensation cases involving questions of compensability, medical causation, disability, occupational disease and fraud.

Robin is a partner in the firm’s Raleigh office. She currently serves on  the firm’s Management Committee and as the Vice-Chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group. She is also a member of the NC Bar Association, the NC Association of Defense Attorneys and the Defense Research Institute.

In 2013, Robin organized a firm Women’s Initiative to provide the women of CSH with a greater number of paths to leadership,  vehicles to allow them more flexibility and helpful technology in their practices and to encourage a better flow of information between all levels of their attorneys.

Robin was selected to receive the TBJ Women in Business Award in 2015. In 2018, Robin was named as one of North Carolina’s Leaders in the Law. She was also selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers Business Edition 2016 Women in the Law. Also, she has been designated one of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of WC Law-Employers each year since 2009 and maintains an AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • Robin has spoken frequently at seminars before workers’ compensation carriers and employers on various topics including how to recognize, document, and investigate claims and navigation through the workers’ compensation system to insure maximum impact on outcome of claims.
  • Author:  Note:  Avery v. Powell, Prisoners’ Rights and Tobacco Smoke, 11 Campbell L. Rev. 363 (1989)

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Cranfill Sumner LLP Awards Three 2020 Core Value Awards

Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) has awarded the 2020 Cranfill Sumner Core Value Award to Christine Colangelo, Katie Laymon, and Robin Terry. Cranfill Sumner presents the award annually to one or more individuals in the firm who best exemplify the firm’s core values of client service, reputation, and teamwork.… Read More


Cranfill Sumner Women’s Initiative Names New Leaders


Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) has named Melody Jolly, Stephanie Gaston Poley and Virginia Wooten as the new leaders of its Women’s Initiative. The Women’s Initiative empowers our women attorneys to discuss and act on issues that are important to them. The group holds an annual retreat and events throughout the year.… Read More


Robin Terry Persuaded Industrial Commission to Deny Claim

Case Results for NC Law

Robin Terry persuaded the Industrial Commission to deny a claim for injury-related benefits notwithstanding that there were unusual conditions in the work place on the date of the alleged injury which required Plaintiff to perform his job in a different manner.… Read More


Robin Terry Obtained Favorable Opinion & Award from NCIC

Case Results for NC Law

Robin Terry obtained a favorable Opinion and Award from the Industrial Commission in a claim wherein an Plaintiff alleged a supervisor had run over his foot with a piece of machinery. Although there were objective signs of an injury, Defendants successfully argued said conditions were not the result of an accident in the work place and Plaintiff’s claim for benefits was denied.… Read More


Cranfill Sumner Attorneys to Speak at NCPRIMA Conference

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Two attorneys in the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group of Cranfill Sumner LLP will be featured speakers at the 2015 North Carolina Public Risk Management Association (NCPRIMA) Educational Conference. Robin Hayes Terry will speak on a panel entitled “Managing Workers’ Compensation Claims: Before, During and After.” Brian Kromke will speak about “Social Media-Investigating & Defending Claims.”… Read More