We work with public and private entities facing a variety of claims, including:

•    Slip and fall
•    Trip and fall
•    Wrongful death
•    Injuries due to falling merchandise
•    Negligent security cases
•    Criminal acts of third parties or former employees

Led by chair Lee Poole, our attorneys will work with you to develop an effective strategy that meets your goals and needs.

In some cases, mediation or settlement of a claim may be the most attractive strategy. However, if a trial is your best option, we’re ready to aggressively defend you, using thorough and strategic discovery and thoughtful investigation facts as well as our relationships with prominent expert witnesses in the field.

Outside litigation, we can work with you to review and revise policies and procedures, implement best practices, and identify potential risk areas. We also provide training and continuing education seminars on risk management strategies as well as recent developments in the law.

The Premises Liability Practice Group covers all of North Carolina from our offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington. To speak to an attorney, please contact Lee Poole in Charlotte.

Most Recent Posts


C. Andrew Dandison Joins Cranfill Sumner LLP

Cranfill Sumner LLP today announced that C. Andrew Dandison has joined the firm’s Wilmington office as an attorney. He focuses his practice on Construction Law, Premises Liability Law, Transportation Law, and Admiralty and Maritime Law.… Read More


Our Top 10 Resources of 2022

Throughout the year, Cranfill Sumner LLP’s attorneys work diligently to bring the most up-to-date information on North Carolina legal updates… Read More


Colleen Shea Featured in WILMA Magazine

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Colleen Shea, a Partner at Cranfill Sumner, was recently featured in WILMA magazine. “Law & Community” discusses Colleen’s career as a medical malpractice attorney at Cranfill Sumner.… Read More


Deedee Gasch Featured in Repairer Driven News

Deedee Gasch was featured in the Dec. 11 edition of Repairer Driven News. In “$1.8M N.C. settlement highlights premises liability for auto repairers,” Deedee discusses North Carolina’s premises liability law and how it applies to auto repair companies.… Read More


Colleen Shea Presents ASHRM Webinar

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Colleen Shea was the featured presenter for the “The Dreaded Written Discovery Requests from Plaintiff” webinar on July 23. The webinar was presented by Cranfill Sumner LLP (Cranfill Sumner) and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM).… Read More


Martin and Shea Join American Board of Trial Advocates

John D. Martin and Colleen Shea have been invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious national association comprised of experienced trial lawyers and judges. Martin and Shea are Partners who are based in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner LLP.… Read More


Wall Successfully Defends Hospital in Premises Liability Case

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Wall obtained summary judgment on behalf of a larger regional hospital in which plaintiff sought damages for injuries suffered when she tripped and fell in the hospital’s parking lot. The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision finding the plastic base was apparent and that the plaintiff’s ability to see the plastic base was not obstructed.… Read More


Municipality Prevails in Zoning Dispute

Case Results for NC Law

Marshall Wall won summary judgment for a municipality sued as the result of a zoning dispute with a landowner. The landowner, a trust, wanted to put a church into a commercial property that it owned, but the property was not zoned for church use.… Read More