An attack on your reputation is personal. That’s why the attorneys in our Professional Liability Practice Group believe in aggressive representation with a personal touch, working hand-in-hand with you to defend your professional reputation and restore your good name. We consider our client-professional a member of the defense team, and we will keep you involved in defense and resolution strategy throughout our representation.

What We Do

We represent professionals facing disciplinary actions before licensing boards as well as those facing malpractice and errors and omissions (E&O) claims and lawsuits in the following fields:

  • Law
  • Accounting
  • Construction
  • Real Estate
  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Land Surveying
  • Insurance
  • Appraisal
  • Directors & Officers
  • Miscellaneous professional liability including Federal Debt Collection Practices Act defense, Homeowners Association litigation and Employment Practices Liability (see our Employment Law practice group page here).  

Our dedication to our clients includes counseling our professional clients on their ethical obligations and – if a mistake is made – assisting those clients in determining if the error can be corrected or the damage lessened and a claim or lawsuit avoided.

Our Experience

Led by seasoned trial lawyers, co-chairs Ryan Bolick and Melody Jolly, our team of veteran attorneys brings experience, instinct and vision to your case. When you come to Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP to fight for your professional livelihood, you get:

  • Substantial experience counseling professionals in claims repair, subpoena assistance and pre-suit mitigation.
  • Counsel with vast experience in representing clients in Superior Court and before NC state licensing boards in connection with grievance and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Decades of experience in the field, allowing us to find resolution through mediation, arbitration, summary judgment, outright dismissal, or favorable settlement whenever possible.
  • Extensive litigation skills—i.e., we’re ready to go further and do what’s necessary to effectively defend your case.
  • A commitment to a results-oriented, cost-effective strategy.

Contact A Professional Liability Attorney

The Professional Liability Practice Group spans all of North Carolina from our offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington. To contact an attorney, call Ryan Bolick in our Charlotte office, Richard Boyette in our Raleigh office, or Melody Jolly in our Wilmington office.

For Healthcare Professionals:

For information on our representation of physicians and other healthcare professionals facing claims of negligence or substandard care, please visit our Medical Malpractice Practice Group.

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Melody Jolly and Patrick Mincey Recognized by Benchmark 40 & Under 2019 Hot List

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Melody Jolly and Patrick Mincey, attorneys in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, were recently recognized among the Benchmark 40 & Under 2019 Hot List. The list recognizes law firm partners in the United States and Canada who are accomplished in their practice areas. Benchmark compiles the list based on several phases of research, including a review of candidates’ recent case work, peer review, and client feedback on their performance.… 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 & Hartzog LLP.… Read More


Josh Hiller Joins CSH Law Raleigh Office

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Josh Hiller has joined its Raleigh office in an Of Counsel role. He will focus his practice in the area of Business Disputes & Litigation and Professional Liability, Defense.… Read More


Melody Jolly to Present at DRI Professional Liability Conference

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Melody Jolly, Co-Chair of the Professional Liability Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, will present at the 2018 Professional Liability Seminar offered by DRI. Melody’s presentation is entitled “When Iron Rod Found Conflicts with Iron Rod Set: Liability of Land Surveyors” and will occur on Nov. 29.… Read More


Melody Jolly to Speak at International DRI Seminar

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On June 14, Melody Jolly will speak at the DRI Hot Topics in International Dispute Resolution seminar. Melody will serve on a panel discussion entitled “Even Homer Nods: What to Look out for in Professional Indemnity Claims.”… Read More


Melody Jolly Selected to Join IADC

Melody Jolly, a partner based in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), has been selected to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).… 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


Melody Jolly to Speak at DRI Annual Meeting

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Melody Jolly will present at the Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics Committee and Professional Liability Committee joint-CLE during the DRI Annual Meeting in Boston. Melody, an attorney in Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP’s Wilmington office, will participate in the panel discussion entitled, “I Made a Mistake! What Now? Don’t Make It Worse!” on Oct. 21. Melody is also the Annual Meeting Chair for the Professional Liability Committee.… Read More


Ryan Bolick Appointed to Lake Norman SHRM Board

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Ryan Bolick, Vice Chair of the Professional Liability Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was recently appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Lake Norman Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).… Read More


Richard Boyette Selected As Lawyer of the Year For 2015 Leaders in the Law List

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Richard Boyette, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), has been selected as the 2015 Lawyer of the Year byNorth Carolina Lawyers Weekly, in connection with its Leaders in the Law program, co-sponsored by Elon University School of Law, which honors legal professionals who excel in their profession and community involvement.… Read More


Richard Boyette Appointed to New Law and Justice Commission

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Richard Boyette, Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution, Products Liability and Professional Liability Practice Groups at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, has been appointed to the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice (NCCALJ). Richard was appointed by Chief Justice Mark Martin, who is convening the commission.… Read More


Ryan Bolick Appointed to MCB Grievance Committee

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Ryan Bolick, Vice-Chair of the Professional Liability Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was recently appointed to serve on the Grievance & Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the Mecklenburg County Bar.… Read More


Bolick Obtains Pretrial Dismissal for Attorney Facing Malpractice Claim

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Ryan Bolick obtained a pretrial voluntary dismissal from Plaintiff Title Insurance Company for claims of legal malpractice against client attorney. Mr. Bolick discovered that the co-Defendant borrower had attempted to commit fraud by providing a loan number to her closing attorney that did not correspond to the property she was refinancing.… Read More