Jay C. Salsman

Jay C. Salsman


Jay Salsman joined Harris, Creech, Ward & Blackerby in 2005. Jay's practice is devoted to the defense of professional liability claims and personal injury claims. Additionally, Jay represents insurers in cases involving complex coverage issues, bad faith litigation, and subrogation. As part of this work, Jay maintains an active presence in the state trial and appellate courts, as well as all three federal district courts in North Carolina. Since 2010, Jay has been selected yearly for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" Edition.

Appellate decisions in which Jay has been involved include, among others, Philips v. Pitt County Memorial Hospital, 572 F.3d 176 (4th Cir. 2009), Brown v. Kindred Nursing Centers East, L.L.C., 364 N.C. 76, 692 S.E.2d 87 (2010), Kornegay v. Robinson, 360 N.C. 640, 637 S.E.2d 516 (2006), MacFadden v. Louf, 182 N.C. App. 745, 643 S.E.2d 432 (2007), and Smith v. Serro, 185 N.C. App. 524, 548 S.E.2d 566 (2007).

Jay received his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2005. His honors include being elected a member of the Moot Court Board and participating as a member of the Criminal Law Moot Court team which placed second nationally at the Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition. Jay received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002 from DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude.


Litigation - Defense of Professional Liability

  • Physicians
  • Other Allied Health Professionals
  • Attorneys and Other Professionals


  • Automobile Liability
  • Construction Liability

Insurance Claims

  • First Party Claims
  • Coverage Opinions
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice Claims
  • Arson Investigation and Defense Against Arson Claims
  • Subrogation

Insurance Coverage



  • Bachelor of Arts, (Criminal Justice), DeSales University, Center Valley, PA, 2002, summa cum laude
  • Juris Doctor, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 2005


  • North Carolina Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division)
  • Craven County Bar Association
  • Judicial District 3B Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute


  • North Carolina State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

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