Bonnie J. Refinski-Knight (retired)

Bonnie J. Refinski-Knight (retired)


Bonnie Refinski-Knight focused her practice on the defense of liability claims against hospitals and healthcare professionals. Bonnie also represented clients in general civil litigation including construction liability, commercial liability and general insurance liability.  She consulted with clients in risk prevention, policy drafting, internal administration and presenting seminars to clients' employees.

In July 2018, Bonnie and her husband, Dean, retired to Western North Carolina.  Bonnie's new focus with be working their small farm. 



Defense of Professional Liability

Defense of Health Care Providers

Defense of Hospitals

Personal Injury


Insurance Coverage Claims



  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Policial Science and Social Work
  • Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin
    Honors:  Jessup International Moot Court Team


  • North Carolina State Bar
      Ethics Committee Advisory Member, 2010-2013
  • North Carolina Bar Association
      Foundation Oversight Committee, Chair, 2017-2019
      Endowment Committee, 2016-2018
      Nominations Committee, 2016-2018
      Foundation Funding Task Force, 2014-2016
      Audit and Finance Committee, 2013-2016
      Board of Governors, 2013-2016
      Women in the Profession Committee, Chair, 2008  
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
      President, 2010
      Executive Vice President, 2008
      Treasurer, 2006-2007
      Board of Directors, 2002-2005
  • United State District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
      Civil Rules Committee 2013-2016
  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense
      North Carolina State Representative 2013-2016
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, member 2011-present
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2012-2016
  • American Bar Association
      Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Craven County Bar Association


  • North Carolina State Courts
  • United States District Court, Eastern District
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • The Best Lawyers in America ®, 2014 – present; “Lawyer of the Year, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendant” Wilmington, NC Area, 2015
  • North Carolina, Super Lawyers ®, 2008 – present; "Top 50 Women Lawyers” 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell ® AV Preeminent Rated
  • Defense Research Institute, Fred H. Sievert Outstanding Defense Bar Leader Award, 2010


  • Tryon Civitan, Member
  • Coastal Carolina United Way, President 1998
  • Coastal Women's Shelter, President 1994
  • Leadership Craven, 1992
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, 1983 - 1985

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