Chad is a member of the firm's Class Action team and he represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts in North Carolina and across the United States, as well as before international and domestic arbitration panels. He has tried jury and non-jury case, including ERISA, health care, and property use matters, and has advanced and defended class actions through all stages of litigation.

Chad’s health care practice includes transactional and litigation matters representing payors, providers, intermediaries, and vendors in the industry. He has represented clients in payor-provider payment disputes, coordination of benefits disputes, credentialing, provider and vendor contracting, benefits matters, and regulatory compliance.

He has represented ERISA plans and plan sponsors, administrators, and other fiduciaries, in litigation in the employee benefits and health care contexts. Chad has litigated a variety of claims, including those for denial of benefits, breach of fiduciary duty, appropriate equitable relief, and co-fiduciary liability.

Chad also counsels clients on business torts, breaches of contract and warranty, unfair trade practices and other statutory causes of action, trade secrets, intellectual property, and defamation.

Prior to rejoining the firm, Chad was in-house counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina where he managed a wide variety of legal issues, including supporting the Network Management and Provider Credentialing teams. His work included regulatory compliance, provider, intermediary, and vendor contracting, dispute avoidance and resolution, and counseling on strategic initiatives such as new product and programs development.

Chad was recognized as a North Carolina "Super Lawyer" in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and a North Carolina "Rising Star" in 2013 and the three years immediately preceding for Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine. He was named an Emerging Legal Leader by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly in 2011. He was also recognized as a Triad "Mover & Shaker" by Business Leader magazine in 2011 and as one of Triad Business Journal's "40 Leaders Under Forty" in 2010. Mr. Hansen is peer rated by Martindale Hubbell as AV® Preeminent™, the highest rating in ethical standards and legal ability.*

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

21st Judicial District Bar, Member

Forsyth County Bar Association, Member

North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member; Health Law Section, Member

Federal Bar Association, Middle District of North Carolina Chapter, Member

American Health Lawyers Association, Member

Twin City Youth Soccer Association, President (2016-present), Vice President (2014-2016), Board of Directors (2013-present) Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, Board of Directors (2014-2016)

The Forsyth Promise, Executive Team Member (2015-2016)

Community Chair, Forsyth County/Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools School Funding Work Group (2010-2011)

Family Promise of Forsyth County, Board of Directors (2009-2013)

Wake Forest University School of Law, Native American Law, Adjunct Professor (2008-2011)

Leadership Winston-Salem, Graduate (2008-2009)

Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court, Member (2007-2009)

North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation, Articles Editor (2003-2004) and Staff Member (2002-2003)

UNC Trial Law Academy, Executive Committee Member (2003-2004)

TYLA National Trial Competition, National Semi-Finalist (2003)

UNC Broun National Trial Team, Member (2002-2004)


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. (2004)
    with honors
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage, B.A., History (2001)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (2004)


  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (2005)
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (2005)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (2005)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2012)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2015)
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2014)


  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina — Honorable William L. Osteen (Aug 2004-Aug 2005)

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Chad D. Hansen

Experience Highlights

Medicare primacy dispute for North Carolina health insurer
Represented North Carolina health insurer in Medicare primacy dispute with hospital system and employer sponsor of group health plan resulting from more
Truck manufacturer class action lawsuit
Obtained successful defense verdict for national Class 8 truck manufacturer in class action involving contract, Uniform Commercial Code, and Unfair more
Breach of contract class action for federal employees
Represented federal employees in a class action in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Federal Circuit against the United States asserting more
Kelli R. Cerven, Keith O. Cerven, Teresa M. Cerven, CFW Vending LLC, and SHGI Corporation v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Represent BCBSNC in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Three individuals and two businesses contend, more