Leann  A.  Gerlach

Leann A. Gerlach

Partner

Office

Practice Groups

Leann Gerlach focuses her practice on defending all types of workers’ compensation claims, representing a broad range of employers and insurers. Among the clients she has successfully defended and advised are large, self-insured retention employers and employers insured by small- to medium-sized carriers throughout North Carolina, including retail stores, grocery chains, industrial manufacturers, construction companies, staffing agencies, medical facilities, and governmental entities.

Leann has handled cases in front of the Deputy Commissioner and Full Commission level at the North Carolina Industrial Commission, as well as the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She has experience drafting case evaluations and court briefs, litigating contested claims, conducting depositions, and negotiating settlements. 

While earning her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Leann served as both a staff writer and contributing editor of the North Carolina Law Review. After receiving the Gressman-Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award during her first year, she was selected to serve as an Honors Writing Scholar. In addition to her academic achievements, Leann co-founded the Consumer and Commercial Law Society, which aimed to strengthen the focus on consumer protection and business law at the University of North Carolina. She also participated in the Juvenile Justice Clinic and interned at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Professional Affiliations
  • North Carolina Association of Self Insurers
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
Community Involvement
  • Junior League of Raleigh
  •      Membership Development Committee
  •      Government Relations and Public Affairs Committee
  • Fundraiser Volunteer, Legal Aid of Wake County
Languages
  • Spanish
Admitted to Practice
  • North Carolina
Education
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2012
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2009 (Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa)
Publications/Presentations:
  • Presenter, "Ethics in North Carolina," October 17, 2017
  • Presenter, "NC Workers' Compensation: Compensability, Payment without Prejudice, Physician Communication," September 21, 2017
  • Presenter, "Ethics in North Carolina," September 7, 2017
  • Presenter, "Flood Insurance 101," September 7, 2017
  • Presenter, "Repetition Restrictions, Cumulative Trauma, and Compensability," August 23, 2017
  • Presenter, "NC Workers' Compensation: Compensability, Payment Without Prejudice, Physician Communication," August 2, 2017
  • Presenter, "The Spine: Anatomy and Intervention in Workers' Compensation Claims," July 31, 2017
  • Presenter, "Flood Insurance 101," June 15, 2017
  • Presenter, "North Carolina Opioid Impact Program," May 31, 2017
  • Presenter, "Webinar on Speaking Strategically: Negotiation Tactics for Claims Personnel," May 17, 2017
  • Presenter, "The Spine: Anatomy and Intervention in Workers' COmpensation Claims," May 12, 2017
  • Presenter, "The Basics: Navigating Workers' Compensation Claims in North Carolina," April 19, 2017
  • Presenter, "The Basics: Navigating Workers' Compensation Claims in North Carolina," April 18, 2017