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:
- Real Estate
- Land Surveying
- 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.
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.
Most Recent Posts
Laura Dean has been selected to serve as the DRI Professional Liability Committee’s Program Vice-Chair. In this role, she will work with the Program Chair and other steering committee members to plan and host the Committee’s annual December seminar in New York City. The seminar is attended by respected colleagues, clients and other Professional Liability professionals. … Read More
Melody Jolly, an attorney at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), was highlighted in the April edition of For the Defense, a publication of DRI. The April edition featured articles from several substantive law committees, including the Professional Liability Committee, for which Melody currently serves as Chair. Melody’s article, “From the Chair: Attorney and Counselor at Law,” discusses how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted her role as an attorney and underscores the DRI Professional Liability Committee’s commitment to the well-being of its members, clients and the industry as a whole.… Read More
Ryan Bolick, a Partner at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), was featured in the April edition of For the Defense. Ryan’s article, “Considerations for Pre-Suit Resolution of Professional Liability Claims,” examines creative ways to handle professional liability claims while avoiding lawsuits and protecting a client’s reputation. Ryan presented this topic along with Roseanne DeBellis of Great American Insurance Company and Mark Scruggs of NC Lawyers Mutual, at the DRI Professional Liability Conference in NYC in December 2019. … Read More
Today Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) proudly announced that 11 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 2020 North Carolina Rising Stars lists.… Read More
Melody Jolly was a featured speaker at recent risk management CLE events held by Lawyers Mutual. Melody, along with Claire Modlin – VP of Claims at Lawyers Mutual, discussed best practices for client engagement and disengagement in a segment entitled, “This Case is Killing Me!”… Read More
Russell Racine, a partner at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), was recently recognized as the Overall Winner in Intellectual Property by the 2020 Legal Elite from Business North Carolina magazine. As an Overall Winner, Russ is now a member of the Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame.… Read More
Melody Jolly and Ryan Bolick participated in the recent DRI 2019 Professional Liability Conference which was held in New York City. … Read More
Ryan Bolick served as a featured speaker in a CLE event sponsored by Lawyers’ Mutual. Ryan presented on a panel presentation entitled “This Case is Killing Me,” addressing the stresses of representing difficult clients and how to prevent those cases from evolving into a legal malpractice claim.… Read More
Ryan Bolick spoke at the recent “Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now” seminar which was presented by the National Business Institute on Nov. 13.… Read More
Melody Jolly, a Partner in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), has been appointed the Chair of the DRI Professional Liability Committee for 2019-2020. She previously served two terms as the Committee’s Vice Chair and has served in an active leadership role with the Committee since 2009. She also frequently presents on professional liability topics at DRI and other seminars.… Read More
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
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
Laura Dean, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, has been selected to serve as Annual Meeting Chair for the DRI Professional Liability Committee. The meeting will be held Oct. 16-19 in New Orleans.… Read More
Today Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) proudly announced that 21 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 2019 North Carolina Rising Stars lists.… Read More
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, 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, a partner in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was recently reappointed to serve as the Vice Chair of the Professional Liability Committee of DRI. This is Melody’s second year serving in this position.… Read More
Ryan Bolick was recently appointed Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar Grievance Committee. His three-year term began in July 2018.… Read More
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
Today Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) proudly announced that 20 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 2018 North Carolina Rising Stars lists.… Read More
Melody Jolly, a partner in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, will be a featured speaker at the DRI Professional Liability Program. On Dec. 8, she will discuss “Attacks on Professional Licensure.”… Read More
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
Thirty-three attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Eight attorneys were selected for inclusion in the list for the first time.… Read More
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
Russ Racine, Virginia Wooten, and Meredith FitzGibbon obtained Summary Judgment for a North Carolina real estate agent and her employer… Read More
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
Town filed suit against Melody Jolly‘s (Wilmington) client, Architect, and the general contractor for damages arising from the design and… Read More
As lead counsel, Melody Jolly (Wilmington) obtained dismissal at the pleadings stage of a legal malpractice claim alleging over $1,000,000.00… Read More
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
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH) is proud to announce that 16 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 2016 North Carolina Rising Stars lists.… Read More
Patrick Mincey obtained a 12 (b)(6) dismissal upheld by Court of Appeals. In commercial construction defects case brought by hundreds of property owners… Read More
Patrick Mincey served as Defense Counsel in a case where the Plaintiff sued a real estate attorney who conducted court ordered… Read More
NC Court of Appeals Holds that a Client May Use a Violation of the Rule 1.8 of the Rules of… Read More
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, 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
Putative class action, legal malpractice, conspiracy, racketeering, RICO, NC-RICO, case dismissal… Read More
John Ong was able to obtain a directed verdict following the close of the plaintiff’s evidence based on the lack of specific testimony regarding the probability that the incident was the cause of the injury.… Read More
Eleven attorneys from Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) participated in the North Carolina Bar Association’s 8th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day on Friday, March 6. … Read More
James Thornton has joined the Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP firm in an Of Counsel position based in its Raleigh office.… Read More
CSH Law announced that 20 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers and North Carolina Rising Stars lists.… Read More
Richard Boyette will serve as the moderator for a panel discussion for the 2015 DRI Corporate Counsel Roundtable.… Read More
CSH Law named four new partners: Bradley P. Kline and M. Janelle Lyons of Charlotte, J. Greer Vanderberry, Jr. of Raleigh and Melody J. Jolly of Wilmington.… Read More
Janelle Lyons admitted into the 2015 class of the Mecklenburg County Bar | Mecklenburg Bar Foundation Leadership Institute (BLI) | CSH Law… Read More
CSH Law is proud to announced that nine of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition.… Read More
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
CSH Law hosts Client Education Conference: Workers’ Compensation & General Liability Law Updates at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh. … Read More
Dan Katzenbach of CSH Law addresses North Carolina Bar Association’s Construction Section Annual Meeting in Pinehurst. … Read More
Richard Boyette will be featured in Benchmark Litigation 2015 as a litigation Star. Benchmark Litigation conducts research on litigators, firms, and cases.… Read More
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) today announced that Joe Johnston has joined the firm’s Raleigh office as an associate attorney.… Read More
Ryan Bolick obtained a dismissal of a Board complaint against client dentist before the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners. Complainant alleged that client dentist failed to provide proper follow up care and instructions.… Read More
Ten attorneys from CSH Law provided vital legal advice and resources in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day.… Read More
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) announced that attorney’s Trey Blincoe, Kara Gansmann and Elizabeth King have joined the firm’s Wilmington office.… Read More
John Ong addressed professional liability law, sources of professional liability claims, defenses to liability claims and other engineering legal issues.… Read More
Even if you are not the subject of a lawsuit, you still may be served a subpoena to testify in someone else’s lawsuit.… Read More
The Eastern Carolina Community Board is designed to develop ambassadors and educators for Lawyers Mutual and to strengthen local ties and relationships. … Read More
CSH Law announced that 21 of its attorneys are selected for inclusion in the 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 2014 North Carolina Rising Stars lists.… Read More
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
Ryan Bolick obtained dismissal of a complaint against client chiropractor before the Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Complainant alleged client chiropractor had injured her. … Read More