Carma L. Henson

Attorney, Partner 


Carma Henson is a partner at Henson Fuerst, where she practices with her husband, David Henson, as well as her brother-in-law Thomas, and Rachel Fuerst. Carma is currently serving as the Treasurer of the American Association for Justice’s Nursing Home Litigation Group, and is Vice-President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice’s Nursing Home Section.

Carma joined Henson Fuerst after graduating from UNC School of Law in 1999, and has spent her career fighting to protect the rights of people who have been hurt, abused, or neglected through no fault of their own. Carma’s practice is focused on handling nursing home abuse and neglect cases—always battling the large corporations that put profits over people, risking the health and safety of our most vulnerable and frail population in order to make a large profit.  

Carma’s passion for ensuring justice for these folks was naturally acquired. Carma was raised in a modest home where she learned to always work hard and stand up for what is right, for what she believed in.

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Carma passionately believes that all people, no matter their race, religion, or age, deserve to be treated fairly, and with dignity and respect, at all phases and stages of life. At the end of the day, that is what is important to Carma, and what she strives to teach her children—to work hard, be caring, compassionate, honest, to treat people with respect, and to never back down from what you know is right.

Carma is married to David Henson, also an attorney and partner at Henson Fuerst (son of founding partner Tom Henson, Sr.). They have 2 sons, Caleb and Parker, who bring lots of laughter to the dinner table, as well as a sweet goldendoodle, Bailey. Carma and her family spend much of their free time with extended family, and love spending as much time as possible at the beach.


“Regarding nursing home abuse, it’s absolutely necessary to help protect elderly people who have given to us all of their lives. Now it’s our turn to take care of them.” – Carma Henson


  • Bachelor’s Degree – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Juris Doctorate – University of North Carolina School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • State of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

Main Practice Areas

  • Nursing Home, Assisted Living, and Group Home Liability
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice
    • Vice Chair of Nursing Home Litigation Group - 2023-Present
    • Secretary of Nursing Home Litigation Group – 2022-2023
    • Treasurer of the Nursing Home Litigation Group – 2021-2022
    • Parliamentarian of the Nursing Home Litigation Group – 2020-2021
    • Nursing Home Litigation Group Member
  • Pound Civil Justice Institute, Fellow
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Immediate Past Chair of the Nursing Home Litigation Section
    • President of the Nursing Home Litigation Section – 2023
    • Vice President of the Nursing Home Litigation Section – 2021-2022
    • Nursing Home Litigation Section Member
    • Chair of the Nursing Home Litigation Section – 2012-2013, 2023
    • Auto Torts Section member
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta, past Chapter Justice


  • ‘AV Preeminent’, Highest Rating for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to Super Lawyers® – 2020-2022
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Attorneys – 2019-2021
  • Selected to Super Lawyers™ Rising Stars – 2012-2014

Recent Notables

  • Presenter at AAJ’s 2022 Summer Convention
  • Seminar Presenter at American Association for Justice’s 2022 Summer Convention, Seattle, WA, July 2022
  • Keynote Speaker at Atlantic Province of Trial Lawyers Association “The Art and Science of Discovery Examinations” Conference, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, June  10 – 11, 2022
  • Seminar Presenter at AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group’s Elder Abuse College, Chicago, IL, May 2022
  • Seminar Presenter at New Jersey Association for Justice’s Boardwalk Seminar, Atlantic City, NJ, April 2022
  • Seminar Presenter at Arkansas Trial Lawyer’s Association’s Day at the Races Seminar, Hot Springs, AK, March 2022
  • Seminar Presenter and Workshop Leader at AAJ’s Advanced Deposition College, New Orleans, LA, January 2022
  • Seminar Presenter at AAJ’s Discovery Master’s Class, Washington, DC, November 2021
  • Publication: “Recognizing and Overcoming Discovery Obstruction” New York State Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section Digest (2021).
  • Workshop leader for AAJ’s Depositions College Workshop: Implementing the Tools
  • Presenter at AAJ’s 2021 Winter Convention, February 11, 2021
  • Presenter at AAJ Webinar: Rule 30(b)(6): Be Ready for the Change, November 18, 2020
  • Presenter at NCAJ’s Deposition College: Effectively Using Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions at Trial, November 13, 2020
  • Publication: “Discovery Obstruction During COVID-19” Trial Magazine (August 2020).
  • Seminar Presenter at AAJ’s Fundamentals of a Nursing Home Case Series Webinar, June 24, 2020
  • Seminar Presenter at AAJ’s Discovery: Lawyer’s Responsibility during COVID-19 Webinar, May 6, 2020
  • Seminar Presenter at AAJ’s Overcoming New Defense Discovery Obstruction Tactics During COVID-19 Webinar, April 14, 2020
  • Program Chair of NCAJ’s Deposition College, January 23, 2020
  • Seminar Presenter at AAJ’s Education’s Discovery Masters Class, Washington D.C., November 21 – 22, 2019
  • Nursing Home Litigation Seminar Presenter for the State Bar of Georgia, September 6, 2018
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Raleigh Office

3110 Edwards Mill Rd Suite 100,
Raleigh, NC 27612
P (919) 781-1107
F (919) 781-8048

Rocky Mount Office

2317 Sunset Ave,
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
P (252) 443-2111
F (252) 443-9429

Jacksonville Office

Appointment Only
P (910) 377-7671
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