Practice Areas:

  • Construction law
  • Business law and formation
  • Collections
  • Claim resolution
  • Contract drafting and review
  • Contract disputes
  • Defective construction claims
  • Lien and bond claims and defense
  • Insurance defense
  • Insurance subrogation
  • Litigation


  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • Articles Editor and Member Editor for Southeastern Environmental Law Journal, 2005-06
  • Completed law school coursework at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand through the Thomas Cooley Law Foreign Study Program, 2007
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication (News Editorial), 2004
  • Assistant Editor and Staff Writer for The Daily Tar Heel, 2001-2004

Jurisdictions Licensed:

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Speaking Engagements:

  • Served on Crystalline Silica Panel at Triangle ASAC meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina in January 2018.
  • Taught “Discovery 101: Getting the Most out of Basic Discovery Tools,” a Continuing Legal Education program, at the 2016 NCBA Joint Construction and Litigation CLE in New Bern, North Carolina.
  • Taught “Deadlines, Drafting, and New Developments in the Law,” a Certified Paralegal Education Course, at the North Carolina Paralegal Association’s 2016 meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina.
  • Presented on immigration and E-Verify compliance at the Waterproofing Contractors Association Spring 2016 Conference in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
  • Spoke on changes to North Carolina Lien Law Statute at North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association annual convention, April 2013.
  • Spoke on changes in North Carolina construction law and on the Davis-Bacon Act at North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association annual convention, April 2012.
  • Spoke to Raleigh Chapter of North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association on North Carolina lien and surety bond law, March 2011.
  • Presented South Carolina legal update to Waterproofing Contractors Association at annual meeting, March 2010.
  • Spoke to the North Carolina Bar Association and United Minority Contractors of North Carolina joint committee about the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy and its impact on immigrants and local businesses.


  • How Can Roofing Contractors Protect Themselves if a Project Gets Delayed? – Roofing Magazine, September 27, 2017
  • Protecting Your Business from Former Employees: Understand Your State’s Limitations Non-Compete, Non-solicitation, and Non-Disclosure Agreements – Roofing Magazine, March/April 2017
  • Discovery 101: Getting the Most out of Basic Discovery Tools – North Carolina Bar Association CLE, September 9, 2016
  • What Contractors Need to Know about E-Verify and IRCA – Roofing Magazine, March 28, 2016
  • North Carolina Lien and Bond Law: Deadlines, Drafting, and New Developments in the Law – North Carolina Paralegal Association CPE, March 18, 2016
  • Single Insurance Policies that Insure All Parties on a Specific Construction Project Offer Benefits and Risks – Roofing Magazine, March 30, 2015
  • Forum-selection Clauses and Their Impact on the Construction Industry – Roofing Magazine, May 26, 2014

M. Caroline L. Trautman


Caroline Trautman is licensed to practice in North Carolina and South Carolina. She focuses on construction law, business law, and collections and pursues and defends claims for businesses, insurance carriers, and individuals.

Caroline counsels general contractors, subcontractors, owners, and other construction professionals in many aspects of their business including formation, contract negotiation, resolving disputes, collections, and litigation. Her construction practice encompasses contract drafting and review, contractual disputes, compliance, employment law, liens and bonds, defect claims, and litigation. Additionally, she represents businesses and insurance companies in subrogation and arbitration of homeowner and automobile claims.