A desire to serve drives everything Connie Carrigan does. The individuals, employers, and business representatives who seek her advice know her to be remarkably well-versed in planning for their future and exceptionally responsive to their needs.
The issues Connie handles for her business and executive clients run the gamut. From creating initial documents for a new company to implementing sound employment policies and advising on compensation, harassment and discrimination, employment termination and severance, restrictive covenants, and employment agreements, Connie advises clients with shrewdness and prudence backed by over three decades of experience.
Connie helps individual clients plan for their futures by providing effective and thoughtfully drafted estate plans which assure clients their estate passes to whom, when, and how they intended.
To be the most effective client advocate possible, Connie grounds her wealth of technical knowledge in a firm grasp of the law’s practical implications. Through active engagement in such employment industry-oriented groups as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the North Carolina and Raleigh-Wake chapters of SHRM, Connie cultivates her ability to advise business clients from a “nuts and bolts” standpoint. She sees herself as a facilitator as well as a legal counselor. She quickly connects clients with other resources that can help them effectively manage their internal processes.
When advising clients, Connie devotes her immediate attention to sorting through the pressing legal issues her clients face and provides them with practical strategies to resolve them. Likewise, business clients appreciate her eagerness to help them create and implement policies that improve their business practices.
For Connie, the practice of law is a craft she continuously refines. A tenacious and thorough researcher, she is always digging to attain an ever-deeper understanding of her areas of practice. She also keeps her practice up-to-date and consistent with current developments and trends. In addition, she is quick to share with others what she has learned, whether through penning an article or giving a presentation.
Connie 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. She serves her clients by making herself available to them as a resource, gladly helping them resolve any legal issue they may encounter. Follow-through and follow-up are trademarks of her style because what matters most to Connie are the people at the center of her representation.
- 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
- North Carolina Bar Association; Labor and Employment Law Section, Estate Planning and Administration Section
- 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
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Raleigh Metro 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
- Business North Carolina Legal Elite – 2016, 2017, 2021, 2022, 2023
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America – Since 2022
- Trinity Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, North Carolina; Church Stewardship and Personnel Committees: Member, Elder, Youth Advocate
- Knightdale Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors (2008-2011)
- Perry v. Carolina Builders Corporation, et als., 128 N.C. App. 143, 493 S.E.2d 814 (December 16, 1997) (successful representation of supplier in priority dispute regarding deed of trust)
- Conseco Finance Servicing Corporation v. Dependable Housing, Inc., et als., 150 N.C. App. 168, 564 S.E.2d 241 (May 7, 2002) (successful representation of creditor in inventory financing agreement dispute)
- Thomas & Howard Company, Inc. v. Trimark Catastrophe Services, Inc., et als., 151 N.C. App. 88, 564 S.E. 2d 569 (June 18, 2002) (successful representation of creditor in commercial dispute)
- General Electric Capital Corp. v. Marketing Research & Management, COA No. 01-1745 (unpublished, April 15, 2002), reported at 31 Fed. Appx. 138, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 4740 (successful representation of equipment lessor)
- Conseco Finance Servicing Corp. v. Home City, Ltd., et als., COA 02-913 (unpublished, August 5, 2003), reported at 2003 N.C. App. LEXIS 1567 (representation of creditor in inventory financing agreement dispute; other party’s appeal dismissed as interlocutory)
- Finova Capital Corp. v. Vitale, COA 01-897 (unpublished, May 21, 2002), reported at 2002 N. C. App. LEXIS 2145 (successful representation of equipment lessor)