Employment and Healthcare law
I focus my practice on a full array of state and federal law and regulations relating to employment and the workplace, including issues involving discrimination, retaliation, and disability accommodation, non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality and trade secret agreements, and severance and separation packages. I have represented both employers and employees over the years, although most of my clients are businesses who regularly call upon me for employment counsel. As a mediator and arbitrator, I have helped resolve disputes involving professional practices and services. I have also represented a number of health care clients, regularly drafting and reviewing physician, staff and other employment contracts. I regularly work with physician, dental, law and other professional practices on healthcare and employment law compliance issues and conflict resolution. I have a special interest in the changing law relating to technology and privacy in the workplace.
Employee Training and Internal Investigations
I offer employer training in avoiding litigation, including harassment prevention, diversity and other employment practices training. I also regularly conduct internal investigations, reviews and audits of employment policies, handbooks and practices.
I work with clients to avoid litigation if possible, but sometmes, litigation is the only solution. I have more than 25 years’ experience as a litigator, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts in agencies and arbitration proceedings throughout the country. I have repeatedly been named as a "Super Lawyer" in Litigation by the Super Lawyers magazine, and as a part of the Legal Elite in Employment Law, by Business North Carolina. In 2012, I was nominated by my peers to join the Litigation Council of America.
I have broad experience as an arbitrator and mediator, and I serve on the Panel of Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association in Employment Law and American Health Lawyers Association. I have been a North Carolina Superior Court certified mediator since 1996 and regularly and successfully mediate cases involving employment, healthcare law, personal injury and other business disputes.