Connie Elder Carrigan

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ccarrigan@smithdebnamlaw.com
919.250.2119

A desire to serve drives everything Connie Carrigan does. It’s no surprise, then, that she takes pleasure in her role as the go-to person in all matters of employment law. The many individual employees and small business representatives that seek her advice know her to be not only remarkably well-versed in all aspects of the law that impact them, but also exceptionally responsive to their needs.

The issues Connie handles for her clients run the gamut. From wage claims and compensation, harassment and discrimination, to termination and severance, restrictive covenants and employment agreements, she advises clients with a shrewdness and prudence that has evolved from almost three decades of experience.

To be the most effective client advocate possible, Connie grounds her wealth of technical knowledge in a firm grasp of the practical implications of the law. Through active engagement in such industry-oriented groups as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the North Carolina and Raleigh-Wake chapters of SHRM, Connie cultivates the ability to advise clients from a “nuts and bolts” standpoint. She sees herself as a facilitator as well as a legal counselor and is quick to connect clients with other resources that can help them in managing their internal HR functions.

When advising clients, Connie devotes her immediate attention to sorting through the pressing legal issue her clients are facing and helps them hone in on the underlying causes. Her clients appreciate her eagerness to help them improve their business practices by partnering with them to assist in creating and implementing policies.

For Connie, the practice of law is a craft that she refines continuously. A tenacious and thorough researcher, she is always digging to attain an ever-deeper understanding of her practice area. She also keeps her practice up-to-date and consistent with the fast-changing  world of employment law and is quick to share with others what she has learned, whether it be through penning an article or giving a presentation.

Connie says she feels a compelling need to give back, and this generosity spills over into all areas of her life. She’s service-oriented in all she does, and she serves her clients by making herself available to them as a resource, gladly helping them resolve any employment law-related issue. Follow-through and follow-up are trademarks of her style because what matters most to Connie are the people at the center of her cases.

Admissions
  • 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
Education
  • 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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