Connie Elder Carrigan


Connie Elder Carrigan, a partner at Smith Debnam, joined the firm in 1996. Connie concentrates her practice in Business Law, assisting clients in the areas of employment law, business advice and litigation, construction law, equipment leasing and creditor bankruptcy. Connie’s practice emphasizes prompt and effective client communications, and efficient, assertive, and results-oriented representation of her clients’ interests in both state and federal courts and in matters involving mediation and arbitration.

Connie has been practicing in the field of small business representation since 1990, and she holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. She was selected to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite in 2016, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. She has lectured on topics ranging from employment law, bankruptcy, and equipment leasing to construction law, and is the author of manuscripts and materials prepared for attorneys and businesses seeking advice and counsel in these matters.

Connie is a member of the Bankruptcy Law and Labor – Employment Law sections of the North Carolina Bar Association. She is a member of the Wake County Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, National Association of Credit Management, Society for Human Resource Management, Raleigh-Wake Human Resource Management Association, Campbell University Law School Alumni Association, and the 2016 Chair of the Primerus Labor and Employment Law Group and Wake Area Business Advisory Council.

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • J.D., Campbell University School of Law, 1989
  • B.A., cum laude, North Carolina State University, 1983
Professional Affiliations
  • Wake County Bar Association; Member, Board of Directors, 2003-04; Recipient, President’s Award of Excellence, 2004; Member and Former Chair of Swearing-in Ceremony Committee
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Credit Management; Member, Credit and Financial Development Division
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Raleigh-Wake Human Resource Management Association; Member, Board of Directors, Governmental Affairs Director
  • Primerus Labor and Employment Law Group, 2016 Chair
  • Primerus Women Lawyers Section, Member
  • Wake Area Business Advisory Council, 2016 Chair
  • Campbell University School of Law Alumni Association
Awards & Recognition Civic Involvement
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, North Carolina; Elder, Youth Advocate
  • Knightdale Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors (2008-2011)
Published Articles
  • Employers, Be Careful with Complainers, Legal Insights, Winter 2007
  • Co-Author, Revised Act Expands Protections to Service Members Called to Duty, News and Views, Journal of the Advertising Media Credit Executives Association , September 2004
  • Survival Guide for Lien and Bond Claims: What You Need to Know to Navigate Through the Jungle, National Association of Credit Management Annual Convention, June 2000
  • Co-Author, Equipment Leasing in North Carolina, Lorman Seminar, July 1999
  • Techniques to Maximize Recovery in a Bankruptcy Setting, Annual State Fraud Investigators’ Training Conference, May 1999
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