Kristen Beightol

Attorney

Bio

Kristen began practicing law in 2001. She has spent most of her career representing people across the nation who have been catastrophically injured by the negligence of others. While she has largely focused in the area of medical malpractice, she has significant experience in other areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including nursing home, trucking and products liability litigation.

Kristen has successfully obtained recoveries for her clients through settlements and verdicts. The majority of these recoveries have been in the several hundred thousand to multi-million-dollar range, including multiple recoveries listed in North Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly’s Top Verdicts & Settlements.

Kristen has insight into both sides of a civil litigation practice. While she has spent the majority of her career representing those who have been injured, she also has experience representing those accused of negligence. She has represented insurance companies, businesses, and individuals in litigation, including in medical malpractice, nursing home, trucking, and insurance coverage litigation.

In addition to her experience in personal injury litigation, Kristen has represented governments across the nation in litigation against online travel companies. Specifically, she represented governments in litigation to recover unpaid taxes on hotel and rental car reservations.

Education

  • Campbell University School of Law, May 2001, JD
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 1997, BA in Journalism and Mass Communication (summa cum laude)

Current Professional Leadership Roles

  • Secretary, Professional Negligence Section-North Carolina Association for Justice
  • Co-Chair, NCAJ Next—North Carolina Association for Justice
  • Vice Chair—Campbell University School of Law Alumni Board
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee Chair—Campbell University School of Law Alumni Board
  • Vice Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee—Wake County Bar Association
  • Mentor—Campbell Law Connections Mentorship Program
  • Publications Committee Member—American Association for Justice

Current Community Roles

  • Elder—White Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Service Committee Member—White Memorial Presbyterian Church
  • Sustainer—Junior League of Raleigh

Articles and Presentations

  • Article—“7 Tips for Defense Expert Depos,” AAJ Trial Magazine (June 2021)
  • Article—“From the Coordinating Editor: Re-Discovering Discovery,” NCAJ Trial Briefs Magazine (Winter 2021)
  • Article—“Dealing with the Difficult Deposition Witness,” NCAJ Trial Briefs Magazine (Spring 2020) (with David Kirby, Bill Bystrynski and Cate Edwards)
  • Article—“From the Coordinating Editor: New Year, New Trial Briefs”, NCAJ Trial Briefs Magazine (Winter 2020)
  • Article—“Rule Your Medical Malpractice Case”, NALA Facts & Findings (May/June 2018)
  • Article—“Do Not Fall Asleep at the Wheel—Even if You Have an Unworthy Opponent”, DRI For the Defense (December 2017)
  • Article—“A Focused Practice”, AAJ Trial Magazine (March 2017)
  • Article—“Justice for Him, Justice for All”, AAJ Trial Magazine (2015)
  • Editor of the 2014 Health Edition: NCAJ Trial Briefs Magazine (2014)
  • Article—“Navigating the Medical Records Maze”, AAJ Trial Magazine (2013)
  • Article—“Pharma Wars”, AAJ Trial Magazine (2012)
  • Article—“How to Obtain Your Client’s Medical Records Quickly and Cost-Effectively”, Institute for Paralegal Education April Newsletter (2012)
  • Presentation—February 24, 2011, IPE Seminars, “The Nuts and Bolts of Medical Malpractice Cases for Paralegals”
  • Presentation—June 16, 2010, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Paralegal and Legal Assistant Workshop – “Closing out the Case.”
  • Presentation—April 2, 2010, Invited Guest for Georgia Trial Lawyers Association to John Marshall Law School
  • Presentation—June 14, 2008, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers – “Res Ipsa Loquitur in Med Mal Cases”
  • Presentation—January 25, 2008, NBI, Inc. – “Case Preparation – Getting in Sync with Your Attorney”
  • Presentation—November 29, 2007, Wake Early College High School, BioMedical Technology Class – “Medical Malpractice”
  • Presentation—February 25, 2005, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers – “Motions in Limine: Curb the Worst of the Defense Tactics” and “Anticipate the Defense Motions in Limine and Brief the Issues: A Quiz File for Lawyers”
  • Article—“Settling with the Third-Party Tortfeasor: Taking on the Employer’s Lien”, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly (February 9, 2004) (with Mark McGrath)
  • Article—“Chapter 12: The Law of Expert Witnesses”, Wake Forest University School of Law Damages CLE (2002) (with Bill Faison)
  • Article—“Representing the Anesthetized Patient”, North Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly (December 16, 2002) (with Mark McGrath)

Awards

  • 2021 North Carolina Advocates for Justice Ebbie Award
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2021 (Litigation – Insurance, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers 2021
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite 2021 overall winner in the Litigation category
  • Selected as one of the 2021 “10 Best Attorneys” for North Carolina by American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Martindale-Hubbell 2021 AV Preeminent Rating
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2020
    • Litigation – Insurance
    • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers 2020
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell 2020 AV Preeminent Rating

Bar & Court Memberships

Kristen is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Georgia as well as in the following courts in those states:

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

Contact Kristen today

Call (919) 335-7005 or fill out our online form to request a free consultation. You won’t pay unless we win!