Henry W. Sappenfield

A Durham import, Henry Sappenfield is a trial attorney with extensive experience in both federal and state courts. Henry represents the firm’s local and regional clients in a wide variety of matters, including commercial, real estate, civil rights, employment, and estate litigation.

Henry also utilizes this experience to advise clients regarding how best to minimize the risk of litigation and address potential disputes when they arise.

Henry carries the AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer designation from Martindale-Hubbell, which identifies lawyers with the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Prior to law school Henry worked as an archaeologist, attending graduate school at the University of Toronto and participating in prehistoric and forensic archaeological digs in places such as the American Southwest and the Highlands of Scotland.   

Practice Areas

Education & Admissions

J.D., Boston College Law School
B.A., University of Tulsa, cum laude

Massachusetts Bar
District Court of Massachusetts Bar
North Carolina Bar
Middle District of North Carolina Bar
Eastern District of North Carolina Bar
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

Professional and Civic Activity

Durham County Bar Association, Board Member
North Carolina Bar Association
Nasher Museum Friends Board, Vice President and President-Elect
St. Philips Episcopal Church
Participant, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Doughman Competitions