Carrie Meigs is a partner in the Raleigh office of Lewis Brisbois and a vice-chair of the Behavioral Health Practice. Carrie has significant experience working with individual health care providers and institutions in the field of behavioral health. She has defended psychiatrists, psychologists and psychiatric nurse practitioners both in litigation and before their respective licensing boards. She also works with hospitals to face the challenges of behavioral health patients in both the emergency department and inpatient settings and has tried cases to verdict involving these issues.
She has successfully tried cases of general liability and professional malpractice to verdict throughout North Carolina. She utilizes the perspectives of an experienced trial lawyer to assist clients including professionals, businesses and municipalities in risk assessment and management. Carrie works to understand each client’s individual goals and priorities and develops strategies to obtain the best possible outcome whether that means a jury verdict or resolution through alternative dispute resolution.
Carrie Meigs understands that each of her clients is unique and partners with them to develop and implement a plan to obtain a successful outcome. She started her practice in 1998 at a small insurance defense firm in eastern North Carolina following her graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She gained significant trial experience in general liability matters, acting as lead counsel in dozens of jury trials. In 2000, Carrie joined the firm of Patterson, Dilthey, Clay and Bryson in Raleigh and became a partner in 2005. While there, she began representing health care providers in medical malpractice cases and gained particular experience handling birth injury cases. In 2008, she joined another defense firm in Raleigh as a partner where she continued an active trial practice and also began handling administrative law matters. Throughout her practice, Carrie has developed a practice focused on representing professionals and businesses in complex litigation and catastrophic property and injury claims. Her experience and expertise as a trial lawyer has been recognized by her admission to the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Carrie works regularly with healthcare providers not only in litigation but in administrative proceedings including licensing board actions. She regularly represents dentists, oral surgeons and other dental professionals before the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners. Carrie is called on to present grand rounds to Oral Surgery residents and to general dental students at UNC. She enjoys working with healthcare professionals as general counsel, providing advice and guidance to avoid and manage risk. In that role, she performs contract review and negotiations. Carrie also spends considerable time working with healthcare professionals confronting investigations into alleged fraudulent billing including defense of False Claims Act cases.
In addition to her work with hospitals, physicians, dentists, nurses and other licensed professionals, she also represents governmental bodies and municipalities in complex cases involving constitutional claims and issues of governmental and public officers’ immunity.
Carrie also provides guidance to business owners on issues including risk avoidance and management and contract matters.
Primary Area(s) of Practice
- Behavioral Health Practice
- National Trial Practice
- ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates)
- North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
- North Carolina Association of Hospital Risk Managers
- Wake County Bar Association
- Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
Awards & Honors
- Best Lawyers in America Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants (2012-2019)
- North Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2010 and 2013
- North Carolina Super Lawyers (2015-2018)
- National Order of Barristers
- AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- “Am I My Brother’s Keeper-Liability for the Criminal Acts of 3rd Parties,” Southeastern Claims Conference
- Presentations for oral surgery residents during Grand Rounds at the University of North Carolina-School of Dentistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication
- Susan Boykin, as administratrix of the Estate of Claudia Faison v. Wilson Medical Center
- Bynum v. Wilson County and Sleepy Hollow Development Corp.
- Guox v. Satterly
- Estate of Fraley v. James Griffin