Laura E. Dean

Laura E. Dean: Attorney with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP


As a civil litigator focused on the defense of professionals, including lawyers and real estate agents, Laura finds herself regularly captivated by the matters she handles. Each case gives her an opportunity to learn and dig deeply into the best way to defend her client’s position. In addition to professional liability defense, Laura also handles general business disputes, premise and products liability cases and general construction disputes.

Laura enjoys the opportunity to develop long term relationships with her clients and they appreciate her attention to detail and her organizational skills. Laura employs a diplomatic approach to handling cases. She strives to work closing with not only clients, but also adversaries to resolve pending disputes. However, when necessary, Laura strongly advocates for her client both inside and outside the courtroom.

Laura practices in both the Federal and State courts across North Carolina. In addition, she is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey state courts.

Laura is a northern transplant and now lives in beautiful Chapel Hill with her husband and two children.


•2018 NC Pro Bono Honor Society

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

•Staring Down the Barrel: Responding to ‘Shotgun’ Complaints in Asbestos Litigation , NCADA’s The Resource, October 2017

Most Recent Posts


Laura Dean to Serve as DRI Professional Liability Committee’s Annual Meeting Chair

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....


Laura Dean Featured in DRI Newsletter

Laura Dean’s article, “Causation in Appellate Malpractice Cases-for a Judge or Jury?”, was featured as the cover story for the Dec. 12, 2018 edition of The Voice, DRI’s e-newsletter....


Laura Dean Discusses Life as a Raleigh Attorney in UNC Webinar

Laura Dean, an attorney based in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, participated in the recent “Practicing Law in Raleigh - An Insider’s Perspective” webinar produced by the University of North Carolina School of Law. In the webinar, Laura describes her experience working as an attorney in the Triangle area....


Staring Down the Barrel: Responding to ‘Shotgun’ Complaints in Asbestos Litigation

The Resource, a publication of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, recently published an article by Laura Dean. “Staring Down the Barrel: Responding to ‘Shotgun’ Complaints in Asbestos Litigation” discusses the implications of “shotgun” complaints in asbestos litigation cases....


Defensive use of Rule 1.8 permitted by NC Court of Appeals

NC Court of Appeals Holds that a Client May Use a Violation of the Rule 1.8 of the Rules of...


Laura Dean Hired as Associate at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog

Laura Dean has been hired as an associate at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law), one of the largest law firms in North Carolina....

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Business Disputes & Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance Law & Coverage
  • Professional Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(919) 863-8786  Phone
(919) 863-3493  Fax
Mailing Address:
PO Box 27808, Raleigh, NC 27607
University Attended:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., 2006
Law School Attended:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 2009
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina; United States District Court, New Jersey; 2009, New Jersey; 2010, New York; 2012, North Carolina

Community Involvement

•DRI, Professional Liability Committee Membership Chair
•Wake County Bar Association, Lawyers Support Committee Chair

Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

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Raleigh, North Carolina

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