Connie Elder Carrigan

Of Counsel
ccarrigan@smithdebnamlaw.com
919.250.2119

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.

 

 

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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