Lauren Walker


“The opportunity to use my education and training to empower others is what most attracted me to the legal profession. The practice of workers’ compensation law allows me to do just that. In every case, we strive to educate our clients on their rights under the law, understand the unique circumstances of their particular case, assist them in navigating the legal system, and provide unmatched attention to detail. The opportunity to represent North Carolina workers is truly a privilege.”


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Meet Lauren


Lauren grew up in Mooresville, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Lauren joined Sumwalt Anderson’s predecessor, The Sumwalt Law Firm, as an associate attorney in 2013. She practices primarily in the area of workers’ compensation law and has experience handling a wide range of work injury, occupational disease, and death claims, including complex workers’ compensation claims involving attendant care.

Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.


  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law (2012)
  • B.A. Political Science, Wake Forest University (2007)

Bar Memberships

  • North Carolina

Areas of Practice

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Personal Injury


Licensed to practice before all state courts in North Carolina.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) (formerly North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers)
    • Workers’ Compensation Section
      • Executive Committee (2019-present)
      • Education Committee (2016-2017)
    • Diversity & Inclusion Committee – Chair (2021-2022)
    • Women’s Caucus
      • Chair (2019-2020)
      • Co-Chair (2018-2019)
      • Secretary (2017-2018)
      • Charlotte Region Co-Chair (2016-2017)
      • New Lawyers Division
        • Workers’ Compensation Section Liaison (2014-2016)
    • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Mecklenburg County Bar
    • Workplace Injury Litigation Group (WILG)


    • LexisNexis Practice Guide North Carolina Workers’ Compensation, Chapter 1: Client Intake, LexisNexis, 2019 (co-authored with Viral Mehta).
    • LexisNexis Practice Guide North Carolina Workers’ Compensation, Chapter 3: Informal Proceedings, LexisNexis, 2019.
    • New Lawyers Survival Guide, Workers’ Compensation Law, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2019.

    Legal Seminar Presentations

    • “Trying a Credibility Case Before the Industrial Commission,” Quirky Issues in Workers’ Compensation (North Carolina Advocates for Justice, September 15, 2017).
    • “Social Security Offsets and North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Workers’ Compensation from A to Z (National Business Institute, October 20, 2015).



Recovered on behalf of a gentleman (plaintiff/client) who was working as a vinyl window installer on a metal ladder when the ladder struck a live electrical wire. Learn more.


Recovered negotiated on the behalf of our client who was rendered a paraplegic due to a spinal fracture after falling from a roof in the course and scope of his employment as a construction worker. Learn more.


Recovered for a construction worker from Texas who suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury following a fall from a roof while working on a job site in Charlotte, NC. Learn more.


Recovered on behalf of our client who sustained a spinal cord injury in the course and scope of his employment as a production worker in a manufacturing plant. Learn more.


Recovered on behalf of the gentlemen (plaintiff/client) who sustained an injury when he slipped and fell on an icy ramp during his employment. Learn more.


Recovered on behalf of a client who was injured in the course and scope of her employment as a nurse when attacked by a patient. Learn more.

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