Walt Rapp’s practice focuses on litigation, particularly in civil, commercial and construction litigation. Walt handles cases related to construction defect, real estate, maritime claims, motor vehicle negligence, premises liability and contract disputes. He has practiced insurance defense in the Wilmington area since 2003, representing a variety of clients, including contractors, subcontractors, real estate agents, and design professionals. Walt also serves as corporate counsel for several local builders and business owners, providing them assistance with contracts, risk transfer, collections and other business related matters. He enjoys working with his clients as a partner, while maximizing efficiency and minimizing risk.

Outside of the office, Walt spends his time with his wife and two children, as well as enjoying live music and camping.

Practice Areas

  • Adulterated Food
  • Alcohol Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Coverage
  • Director and Officer Liability
  • Governmental Liability
  • Litigation
  • Nursing Home Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Slander/Defamation
  • Transportation
  • Trucking


  • Wake Forest University (JD)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA)

Professional Memberships

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (Former Chair of Construction Practice Group)
  • New Hanover County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Bar Admissions

  • 2003 North Carolina
  • US District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

Community Involvement

  • Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity (Advisory Council)
  • YMCA Adventure Guides and Princesses Program, Chief of the Waccamaw Nation