Heads Employment, Labor and Human Resources Practice Group. Represents leading employers and government contractors in matters of financial, reputational and operational significance in a wide variety of industries including utilities, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, hospitals and healthcare, automotive, semiconductor, paper/cellulose/furniture manufacturers, insurance, banking, retail, hospitality, food/beverage distribution, and law firms. Has extensive experience assisting companies based outside the U.S. and North Carolina with establishing workforces in the U.S. and compliance with U.S. and state law and maintaining a union-free workplace; conducting internal harassment and employee misconduct investigations; representing employers in federal and state compliance audits and investigations involving class or systemic allegations; and defending employers in state and federal civil actions, including multiplaintiff and class actions.
Partner since 1993. Listed Best Lawyers in America; North Carolina SuperLawyers; North Carolina Legal Elite; Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Admitted to practice in North Carolina (1986); US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (1989), US Supreme Court (1991). ABA EEO Committee. American Employment Law Council.
Board of Editors, Employment Discrimination Law, (5th ed.BNA). Author, North Carolina Human Resources Manual (NC Chamber 2019).
JD (with honors), University of Oklahoma, 1986; BS, in Psychology, University of Oklahoma, 1980.