Practice Area(s)

  • Employment Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Education Law


  • University of North Carolina (JD, 1973)
  • University of North Carolina (BA, 1969)

Admissions & Certifications

  • North Carolina, 1973
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Certified Mediator, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission

Dan Hartzog is a seasoned trial attorney with more than 40 years of litigation experience in North Carolina.  He has tried over a hundred jury trials to conclusion with an exceptionally high number of defense verdicts.  In recent years, Dan has handled several highly publicized cases in both federal and state courts. He served as Managing Partner of Cranfill, Sumner and Hartzog from 1992 to 2015.

Through the years, Dan has honed his litigation skills by handling a broad range of civil litigation cases, including premises security and liability, liquor law liability, products liability, intentional torts, police liability, education law and commercial litigation.

In 2013, Dan was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or Canadian province.

Over the years, Dan has been routinely honored and recognized by his peers as one of the top lawyers in the area of personal injury litigation. Dan holds the rank of “Advocate” in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), which is only bestowed upon lawyers who have tried at least fifty jury trials to conclusion as lead counsel.  He also maintains an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a prestigious peer review rating that recognizes attorneys who have reached high levels of skill and integrity.

A North Carolina native, Dan attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate studies and law school.  He and his wife Tricia are residents of Raleigh.

  • DRI, Member
  • NCBA, Member
  • NCADA, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Board of Directors (1984 - 1986); Secretary (1979 - 1984)
  • White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Deacon and Ruling Elder
  • NC Super Lawyers (2006-2020)
  • Inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers (2013)
  • Rank of Advocate in American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in the fields of Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Litigation - Municipal, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2006-2019)
  • Best Lawyers® Litigation Municipal “Lawyer of the Year” for Raleigh (2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2014, 2017)
  • Business NC Legal Elite (2008-2014)
  • Recognized as one of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite in the field of Litigation (2008 – 2014)
  • Selected as a 2014 Leader in the Law Honoree by NC Lawyers Weekly
  • The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” for Bet the Company Litigation (2013)
  • Selected as one of Business Leaders 24 Legal Impact Leaders (2008)
  • Profiled in August, 2007 issue of Business Leader Magazine
  • NC Bar Association Hall of Fame (2019)