Caitlin Walton

How I Can Help

Business Litigation
Employee Benefits
ERISA Litigation
Health Benefit Coverage Claims
Labor & Employment
Long-Term Disability Claims
Retirement/Pension Claims


Caitlin joined Essex Richards in 2015. Caitlin joined the firm after completing an internship with Essex Richards during her second year of law school. Caitlin’s practice centers generally on civil litigation, with an emphasis on ERISA and employment litigation.

An Eastern North Carolina native, Caitlin graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, a minor in journalism, and a certificate in technical and professional writing. While Caitlin’s undergraduate career allowed her to study all areas of writing, she found that she was most passionate about journalism. This passion led Caitlin to East Carolina’s student-run newspaper, where she eventually took on the role of Editor-in-Chief. In this capacity, Caitlin helped the newspaper win the title of “Best College Newspaper” in the Southeastern United States. This role also exposed Caitlin to many media rights issues, which inspired her desire to study law.

Caitlin left journalism to attend Wake Forest University School of Law in 2012. While in law school, Caitlin worked as a teaching assistant for the school’s legal writing program. Additionally, Caitlin served as a teaching assistant for Wake Forest Law’s LL.M. degree program. In this capacity, Caitlin assisted international lawyers and students, who already held law degrees from their home countries, study the laws of the United States and develop their legal writing and oral argument skills. Caitlin also served as the Development Editor of the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law.

Upon graduation, Caitlin, her husband and two French Bulldogs moved to the Lake Norman area. Caitlin’s favorite hobbies include relaxing with her husband and dogs on their boat and cheering on the Carolina Panthers.


  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2015
  • B.A. in English, East Carolina University, 2012
    • Summa Cum Laude
    • Minor in Communications – focus in journalism
    • Certificate of Technical and Professional Communication and Writing

Associations & Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2015
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2015
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2016
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2016

Professional Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Charlotte Women Attorneys
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Why I Chose Essex Richards...

The firm is made up of great people who also happen to be really great lawyers. I knew it would be a wonderful place to learn and grow as a young attorney.