Practice Areas About Us Contact Us

Caroline Trautman

Caroline TrautmanCaroline is a tireless advocate who is willing to put in the work, time, and individual attention her clients and cases require for success. In her more than ten years in private practice, she has handled a variety of civil business and commercial matters in North Carolina and South Carolina, with a strong focus on construction law. Caroline has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and design professionals in construction matters including mechanics’ lien and bond claims, contract disputes, and large defect claims. Caroline also has extensive experience with first-party subrogation and other tort matters and handles professional licensing issues.

With substantial mediation, arbitration, and trial experience, Caroline has the skills to represent clients for the duration of a dispute. Her litigation experience gives her the perspective needed to help her clients avoid and de-escalate troublesome disputes when possible. In counseling her clients, she emphasizes preventative measures like contract drafting, review, negotiation, proper job site documentation, and other best practices to help her clients succeed in their everyday operations and in the event of a dispute.

Caroline has also completed North Carolina Civil Collaborative Practice Training and is a member of the North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association, the NC Bar Association Construction Council, and the NC Bar Association Pro Bono Committee. Caroline has presented continuing education seminars to other lawyers and has presented and led several seminars and roundtable discussions for construction professionals on issues like risk management, contract clause enforceability, immigration law, and construction claims.

Caroline grew up in Reidsville, NC and studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a B.A. in 2004 from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. During her time at UNC, Caroline worked as a reporter and desk editor for The Daily Tar Heel and interned at the Greensboro News and Record. Caroline still enjoys writing articles and is a WUNC sustainer. She earned her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2007 and was an Articles Editor and Member Editor of the Southeastern Environmental Law Journal. During her final year in law school, Caroline spent a semester in Australia and New Zealand. There, she completed coursework in international criminal, sales, and business law at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and Christchurch University in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Caroline loves spending time with her family and friends, going to Sunset Beach, NC, cooking, traveling, exploring, and trying new foods and restaurants wherever she goes.

Bar Associations and Admissions

North Carolina State Bar, Admitted 2008

South Carolina Bar, Admitted 2007

Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the District of South Carolina and the Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina

Prior Legal Employment

Associate, Anderson Jones, PLLC, 2009 – 2019

Staff Attorney, State of South Carolina, 2007 – 2009

Law Clerk, Whetstone, Myers, Perkins & Young, LLC, 2005 – 2007

Association Memberships and Community Involvement

Member, North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Construction Council and Construction Section

Construction Deskbook Committee Co-Chair, NCBA Construction Section

Member, NCBA Pro Bono Committee

Co-Chair, NCBA Young Lawyers Division Law Day and Liberty Bell Committee (2016 – 2018)

Volunteer, Disaster Legal Services and NC Legal Aid (assisted victims of Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, and Michael)

Member, NCBA Young Lawyers Division Law Day and Liberty Bell Committee (2010 – 2016)

Member, North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association

Member, North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association, Raleigh Chapter

Volunteer, SAFEChild NC, 2010 – 2013

Publications and Seminars

Managing Construction Risks - May 16, 2019, Jones Keystone-sponsored seminar with the Homebuilders Association of Raleigh – Wake County

Proper Documentation Can Be the Key to Dispute Resolution – January 24, 2019, Roofing Magazine

Ethical Issues in Representing Multiple Clients in Construction Defect Cases and Construction Injury Actions – Mar 8, 2019, North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Managing Construction Risks: Emerging Issues – September 27, 2018, Jones Keystone-sponsored seminar focused on the joint employment doctrine

Discovery 101: Getting the Most out of Basic Discovery Tools – September 9, 2016, North Carolina Bar Association Construction Section

What Contractors Need to Know about E-Verify and IRCA – Mar 28, 2016, Roofing Magazine

North Carolina Lien and Bond Law: Deadlines, Drafting, and New Developments in the Law – Mar 18, 2016, North Carolina Paralegals Association

Single Insurance Policies that Insure All Parties on a Specific Construction Project Offer Benefits and Risks – Mar 30, 2015   Roofing Magazine

Forum-selection Clauses and Their Impact on the Construction Industry – 2014, Roofing Magazine