Civil Litigation

Addressing conflict is a necessary part of human life; however, when daily conflict or disagreement causes physical, psychological or financial harm, the law is designed to protect us and help repair the damage.

If you have been hurt by the action or inaction of another, our experienced group of civil litigation attorneys stand ready to help you. Whether you have suffered physical injury, financial loss, damaged or stolen property or another type of personal loss, we know your rights and are here to help you enforce them.

Katherine Merritt

Katherine Merritt

Katie has worked with the firm since 2007 and provides the core of our civil litigation section.

Katie is effective, efficient and organized and stands ready to fight for what you deserve. Her knowledge of civil law and personal legal rights can help ensure that you will know and understand your rights and that you are able to get what you deserve.

Katie understands that many civil conflicts involve relationships we may wish to preserve; she is an effective advocate who often obtains agreeable settlements avoiding costly litigation and preserving important interpersonal relationships.

James Rainsford

James Rainsford

James is a trial lawyer. He has tried multiple, complex cases through jury verdict. He has tried cases in both North Carolina and South Carolina, and is licensed in both states.

As a former prosecutor, he understands that every case has to be prepared as if for trial. He has practiced as a plaintiff’s counsel and as insurance defense counsel, which has provided him a unique perspective into all sides of civil litigation.

Judge Coleman

Alonzo B. Coleman, Jr.

As a former District Court Judge, Lonnie understands the legal process and can bring a unique perspective to your civil claim.

With more than 40 years of legal and practical experience, Lonnie has a deep understanding of civil claims which benefits our clients on a daily basis.

Douglas Hargrave

Doug Hargrave

Doug brings decades of civil litigation experience to our firm and assists our civil section by advancing claims we know can win.

Doug has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the court room which he is ready to bring to your aid.


Contact Us

Coleman, Gledhill, Hargrave, Merritt & Rainsford

129 E. Tryon Street

P.O. Drawer 1529

Hillsborough, NC 27278


919.732.2196 phone
919. 732.7997 fax

To make an appointment to discuss Civil Litigation matters or questions:

Rachel Wrightington

Lisa Gammon

Lisa has 30 years of legal experience and has worked with our firm in a variety of areas. Lisa now assists James Rainsford in personal injury and civil and criminal litigation matters.

Lisa stands ready to assist you and can be reached at

(919)732-1211 |

Cindy Jordan

Cindy Jordan

Cindy came to us in 2013 with 26 years of retail banking experience. Her many skills insure that she will provide excellent quality service to our clients.

Strong attention to detail and her organizational expertise assist her as she prepares estate documents for our attorney Katie Merritt.

She has a strong understanding of medical records, billing and insurance claims which is an asset as she gathers information needed to complete our personal injury cases.

Cindy can be contacted to schedule appointments for Katie Merritt.

(919)732-1212 |