Michael C. Sigmon

OF COUNSEL

Raleigh Office

TEL (919) 719-4731

FAX (919) 873-1814

Mike is a seasoned litigator and trusted advisor. Mike’s practice includes mediation and workers’ compensation defense and he splits his time between Teague Campbell’s Raleigh and Asheville offices. He is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation and is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct mediations in Superior Court civil actions. Drawing on his experience and familiarity with the workers’ compensation system in North Carolina, Mike is an invaluable asset to parties in dispute.

Mike has more than 30 years of active trial experience before the Industrial Commission and North Carolina courts. He has investigated and defended hundreds of workplace injury and occupational disease claims, including complex multi-party mass occupational disease claims involving allegations of exposure to respiratory hazards as well as dermal exposure to industrial solvents. He has experience in risk control, litigation and claim management, market conduct examinations and commissioning and supervising claims audits for self-insured employers. Mike has appeared in numerous cases before the North Carolina appellate courts and has appeared in the civil defense of third-party lien claims. Mike has also represented Social Security Disability claimants and Plaintiffs in personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.

Over the course of his career, Mike has been invited to appear before the North Carolina General Assembly Joint Legislative Committee on Small Business and Economic Development and the House Committee on Insurance to speak on issues affecting higher costs for employers and insurance carriers. He has also lectured for the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education Resource Center, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the National Asbestos and Environmental Training Institute; the North Carolina Association of Self-Insured Employers; the National Business Institute; and, the Institute of Business Law, California State University, Los Angeles.

Mike was born and raised in the City of the Oaks; however, Asheville has quickly become his second home. Mike enjoys the stateliness of the mountains and outdoor activities such as cycling, hunting and fishing. He also appreciates a fully stocked kitchen where he can make homemade meals and a laid back summer music festival. Outside of North Carolina, Mike and his wife enjoy traveling and have traversed Europe many times noting favorites such as Austria, Paris and Switzerland.

Support Team

Amy Tripp, Legal Assistant

Jesus Morales, Paralegal

Education

B.A., 1983, North Carolina State University (cum laude)

J.D., 1986, University of North Carolina School of Law

Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Workers’ Compensation Council Member 2012-2016
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Tenth Judicial District
  • North Carolina Department of Insurance, Certified Instructor
  • Legislative Advisory Board, Capital Associated Industries, Inc. (Past Board Member)
  • North Carolina State University Club, Inc., Board of Directors 2006-2013
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2009-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, 2020

Appellate Decisions:

  • Bowen v. Weathington, No. 883SC324 (N.C. Ct. App. Feb 21, 1989).
    Issue: Enforceability of real estate brokerage contract and tortious interference with brokerage contract.
  • Tucker v. City of Clinton, 120 N.C.App. 776, 463 S.E.2d 806 (1994).
    Issue: Competent evidence standard and acknowledgement of illegitimate child.
  • Creel v. Town of Dover, 126 N.C.App. 547, 486 S.E.2d 478 (1997).
    Issue: Intoxication defense, NCGS 97-12; personal deviation.
  • Terry v. Home Lumber Co., 133 N.C.App. 349, 521 S.E.2d 150 (1999).
    Issue: Competency of the evidence.
  • Cuff v. Pelican Bldg., 133 N.C.App. 189, 520 S.E.2d 609 (1999).
    Issue: Compentency of the evidence.
  • Saunders v. Edenton Ob/Gyn Center, 352 N.C. 136, 530 S.E.2d 62 (2000).
    Issue: Presumption of continuing disability not established by terms of Industrial Commission Form 21 agreement.
  • Lewis v. Sonoco Products Co., 137 N.C.App. 61, 526 S.E.2d 671 (2000).
    Issue: Form 28T termination and questionable return to work.
  • Dancy v. Abbott Laboratories, 139 N.C.App. 553, 534 S.E.2d 601 (2000).
    Issue: Presumption of continuing disability not established by terms of Industrial Commission Form 26 agreement.
  • Harris v. Town of Atlantic Beach, 136 N.C.App. 847, 531 S.E.2d 904 (2000).
    Issue: Competency of the evidence; appellate procedure.
  • Knight v. Abbott Laboratories, 144 N.C.App. 448, 548 S.E.2d 581 (2001) (Knight I).
    Issue: No injury by accident where workplace dispute was commonplace; Industrial Commission required to address all issues in controversy.
  • Landry v. U.S. Airways, Inc., 356 N.C. 419, 571 S.E.2d 586 (2002).
    Issue: No injury by accident where object heavier than anticipated.
  • Foster v. U.S. Airways, Inc., 149 N.C.App. 913, 563 S.E.2d 235 (2002).
    Issue: Presumption of disability; suitability of work.
  • Knight v. Abbott Laboratories, 160 N.C.App. 542, 586 S.E.2d 544 (2003) (Knight II).
    Issue: Occupational disease.
  • Smith v. First Choice Services, 158 N.C.App. 244, 580 S.E.2d 743 (2003).
    Issue: Jurisdiction where contractural exclusion of corporate officer from insurance coverage.
  • Adams v. M.A. Hanna Co., 166 N.C.App. 619, 603 S.E.2d 402 (2004).
    Issue: Industrial Commisison’s violation of established rule and statute.
  • Knight v. Abbott Laboratories, 628 S.E.2d 258, 2006 WL 997740 (April 18, 2006)(No. COA05-1061)(Knight III).
    Issue: Employer’s right to attorney’s fees for frivolous appeal.
PROFILE

Mike is a seasoned litigator and trusted advisor. Mike’s practice includes mediation and workers’ compensation defense and he splits his time between Teague Campbell’s Raleigh and Asheville offices. He is Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation and is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct mediations in Superior Court civil actions. Drawing on his experience and familiarity with the workers’ compensation system in North Carolina, Mike is an invaluable asset to parties in dispute.

Mike has more than 30 years of active trial experience before the Industrial Commission and North Carolina courts. He has investigated and defended hundreds of workplace injury and occupational disease claims, including complex multi-party mass occupational disease claims involving allegations of exposure to respiratory hazards as well as dermal exposure to industrial solvents. He has experience in risk control, litigation and claim management, market conduct examinations and commissioning and supervising claims audits for self-insured employers. Mike has appeared in numerous cases before the North Carolina appellate courts and has appeared in the civil defense of third-party lien claims. Mike has also represented Social Security Disability claimants and Plaintiffs in personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.

Over the course of his career, Mike has been invited to appear before the North Carolina General Assembly Joint Legislative Committee on Small Business and Economic Development and the House Committee on Insurance to speak on issues affecting higher costs for employers and insurance carriers. He has also lectured for the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education Resource Center, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the National Asbestos and Environmental Training Institute; the North Carolina Association of Self-Insured Employers; the National Business Institute; and, the Institute of Business Law, California State University, Los Angeles.

Mike was born and raised in the City of the Oaks; however, Asheville has quickly become his second home. Mike enjoys the stateliness of the mountains and outdoor activities such as cycling, hunting and fishing. He also appreciates a fully stocked kitchen where he can make homemade meals and a laid back summer music festival. Outside of North Carolina, Mike and his wife enjoy traveling and have traversed Europe many times noting favorites such as Austria, Paris and Switzerland.

Support Team

Amy Tripp, Legal Assistant

Jesus Morales, Paralegal

Education

B.A., 1983, North Carolina State University (cum laude)

J.D., 1986, University of North Carolina School of Law

Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

AREAS OF PRACTICE
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Workers’ Compensation Council Member 2012-2016
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Tenth Judicial District
  • North Carolina Department of Insurance, Certified Instructor
  • Legislative Advisory Board, Capital Associated Industries, Inc. (Past Board Member)
  • North Carolina State University Club, Inc., Board of Directors 2006-2013
RECOGNITION & AWARDS
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2009-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, 2020
EXPERIENCE

Appellate Decisions:

  • Bowen v. Weathington, No. 883SC324 (N.C. Ct. App. Feb 21, 1989).
    Issue: Enforceability of real estate brokerage contract and tortious interference with brokerage contract.
  • Tucker v. City of Clinton, 120 N.C.App. 776, 463 S.E.2d 806 (1994).
    Issue: Competent evidence standard and acknowledgement of illegitimate child.
  • Creel v. Town of Dover, 126 N.C.App. 547, 486 S.E.2d 478 (1997).
    Issue: Intoxication defense, NCGS 97-12; personal deviation.
  • Terry v. Home Lumber Co., 133 N.C.App. 349, 521 S.E.2d 150 (1999).
    Issue: Competency of the evidence.
  • Cuff v. Pelican Bldg., 133 N.C.App. 189, 520 S.E.2d 609 (1999).
    Issue: Compentency of the evidence.
  • Saunders v. Edenton Ob/Gyn Center, 352 N.C. 136, 530 S.E.2d 62 (2000).
    Issue: Presumption of continuing disability not established by terms of Industrial Commission Form 21 agreement.
  • Lewis v. Sonoco Products Co., 137 N.C.App. 61, 526 S.E.2d 671 (2000).
    Issue: Form 28T termination and questionable return to work.
  • Dancy v. Abbott Laboratories, 139 N.C.App. 553, 534 S.E.2d 601 (2000).
    Issue: Presumption of continuing disability not established by terms of Industrial Commission Form 26 agreement.
  • Harris v. Town of Atlantic Beach, 136 N.C.App. 847, 531 S.E.2d 904 (2000).
    Issue: Competency of the evidence; appellate procedure.
  • Knight v. Abbott Laboratories, 144 N.C.App. 448, 548 S.E.2d 581 (2001) (Knight I).
    Issue: No injury by accident where workplace dispute was commonplace; Industrial Commission required to address all issues in controversy.
  • Landry v. U.S. Airways, Inc., 356 N.C. 419, 571 S.E.2d 586 (2002).
    Issue: No injury by accident where object heavier than anticipated.
  • Foster v. U.S. Airways, Inc., 149 N.C.App. 913, 563 S.E.2d 235 (2002).
    Issue: Presumption of disability; suitability of work.
  • Knight v. Abbott Laboratories, 160 N.C.App. 542, 586 S.E.2d 544 (2003) (Knight II).
    Issue: Occupational disease.
  • Smith v. First Choice Services, 158 N.C.App. 244, 580 S.E.2d 743 (2003).
    Issue: Jurisdiction where contractural exclusion of corporate officer from insurance coverage.
  • Adams v. M.A. Hanna Co., 166 N.C.App. 619, 603 S.E.2d 402 (2004).
    Issue: Industrial Commisison’s violation of established rule and statute.
  • Knight v. Abbott Laboratories, 628 S.E.2d 258, 2006 WL 997740 (April 18, 2006)(No. COA05-1061)(Knight III).
    Issue: Employer’s right to attorney’s fees for frivolous appeal.