Personal Injury

If you have been hurt in an accident, car wreck or on the job, you have rights and may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injury and loss.

The time after such an accident can be trying and confusing, which is why it is important to choose an attorney who understands the challenges of recovery and who has worked with insurance agencies to reach successful outcome. Our dedicated attorneys are experienced advocates and negotiators with years of success working with victims of traffic accidents, tractor trailer wrecks, work accidents and other forms of personal injury. They stand ready to help you receive what you deserve.


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.


Katherine Merritt

Katherine Merritt

Katie joined the firm in 2007; channeling the guidance and experience of Doug, Katie has become a passionate representative of victims of injury.

She has developed strong working relationships throughout the medical and insurance communities and has successfully harnessed those relationships to bring success to our client's cases.

Katie is effective, efficient and organized and stands ready to fight for what you deserve.


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 Personal Injury cases and questions:

Cindy Jordan

Cindy Jordan

Cindy came to us in 2013 with 26 years of retail banking experience. Her strong understanding of medical records, billing and insurance claims which is an asset as she gathers information needed to complete our personal injury cases.

(919) 732-1212 |

Lisa Gammon

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 |