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Largest proposed OSHA fine in North Carolina history for HoltraChem Manufacturing Company *
Represented the HoltraChem Manufacturing Co. in the largest Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fine in North Carolina history.  more FeaturedCase Study
Employment litigation for a leading global supplier of disposable medical products
Represented a leading global supplier of disposable medical products in a summary judgment win of a Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") lawsuit.  more Featured
Wage and hour suit and DOL audit for a transportation company
Represented a transportation company and achieved a significant result in a wage and hour case brought as a collective action against the more Featured
Class action defense of a major North American beverage company
Represented a major North American beverage company in a putative class action brought by several convenience store owners asserting violations of 42  more Featured
Class action for an aerospace manufacturing company
Represented an aerospace manufacturing company in a race discrimination class action lawsuit in which we defeated class certification and achieved more Featured
Defense Verdict in Disability Discrimination Trial
Represented UnumProvident Corporation, a leading benefits provider worldwide, in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed that he was discriminated more Featured
Class action lawsuit for major beverage company
Represented a major beverage company in class action brought under New Jersey and New York law on behalf of all route sales personnel (approximately more Featured
Employment litigation for a telecommunications company
Successfully represented a national telecommunications company and an individual manager in a very sensitive case brought in North Carolina by six more Featured
Employment litigation for a national fast food restaurant chain *
Represented a national fast food restaurant chain in several workplace violence cases where patrons, along with the restaurant employees who came to more Featured
Wage-Hour class action for major bottled water company
Represented a major North American bottled water company in a class action brought in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Plaintiffs filed a class more Featured
Age discrimination collective actions for a major nationwide retailer
Represented a nationwide retailer in two related age discrimination collective actions brought by 14 former store managers more Featured
Employment litigation for one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers
Successfully defended one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers against a former employee's allegations that his termination constituted more Featured
Race discrimination defense of Fortune 100 pharmacy retailer
Successfully defended a Fortune 100 pharmacy retailer against a lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging race discrimination, more Featured
Employment litigation for a Fortune 500 retail company
Represented a Fortune 500 retail company in a former employee's discrimination lawsuit, which alleged hostile work environment, retaliation,  more Featured
Fair Credit Reporting Act class action defense for background check company
Successfully represented a large background check company in putative class action under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Implemented creative more Featured
Successful jury trial defense of insurance company
Successfully represented an insurance company in jury trial brought by former employee alleging breach of contract and various torts under Georgia more Featured
Wage/hour collective action for major beverage company
Represented a major beverage company in a putative class action in the Southern District of Florida brought by several route salespeople seeking to more Featured
Disability, Age, and Sex Discrimination Litigation Brought by Human Resources Professional
Represented a major defense contractor in a case that involved allegations brought by a current human resources professional of discrimination and more Featured
Labor and employment litigation for a transportation company
Defended transportation company against 21 individual, simultaneously filed claims in high profile matter before a Northeast-based Commission Against  more
Discrimination and Wage-Hour litigation for major bottled water company
Represented a major North American beverage company in a putative class action brought by seven route salespeople seeking to represent a class more
Wage-Hour class action for major bottled water company
Represented a major beverage company in a state-wide class action contending that our client's 800+ route salespeople were not exempt from the more
Race Discrimination and Retaliation Litigation
Represented a major defense contractor in a lawsuit in which an employee claimed that he failed to receive certain promotions or job transfers more
Race discrimination class action for one of the largest U.S. forest product manufacturers *
Represented one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers in a suit brought against our client in Alabama Federal court by the EEOC on behalf  more
Employment litigation for prominent retailer
Represented prominent retailer in employment litigation lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging violations of Title VII, wrongful discharge, more
Stroupe v. BB&T Corporation
Represented Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T) defending Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower suit pending before the U.S. Department of Labor more
ERISA class action involving Reynolds American Inc.
Represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJRT) successfully in Employee Retirement Security Act (“ERISA”) class action.
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Restrictive covenant litigation for EyeWonder in New York federal court and in arbitration
The firm served as lead counsel for EyeWonder, Inc. in the Southern District of New York to enforce restrictive covenants when its former head of more
Misappropriation of trade secrets by a former employee of BB&T
Represented Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T) as plaintiff in a case against a former employee for misappropriation of trade secrets  more
Federal grand jury investigation of a former executive
Represented a former executive of an oil field services company being investigated by the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, in a federal more
Breach of fiduciary duty case against employee of a Fortune 200 company
Successfully represented a Fortune 200 employer in trial and appeal against a former employee who engaged in self-dealing in breach of his more
California Disability Discrimination and Failure to Accommodate Claim
Represented Nestlé Waters North America Inc. in a lawsuit brought in California by one of its production workers alleging that she was discriminated more
Employment litigation alleging sexual harassment and retaliation for a chemical manufacturer
Represented a chemical manufacturer in lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging sexual harassment and retaliation, culminating in her more
Employment litigation for major media conglomerate
Represented major media conglomerate in defending a lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging eighteen state law claims, including sexual more
Age discrimination litigation for one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers
Successfully represented one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in more
Jerry T. Warren Assc. v. Sara Lee Corporation
Represented Sara Lee Corporation in the successful defense of employee contract action. Jerry T. Warren Assc. v. Sara Lee, No. 1:02-cv-00721  more
Advise employers regarding independent contractor issues
Advise clients regarding classification of workforce as employees and independent contractors. Represent clients in investigations by Department of more
Employment contract litigation for family health care centers
Represented an organization of family health care centers in enforcement of covenant not to compete against former physician employee for breach of more
Employment litigation for hotel management company
Represented hotel management company in action brought by former employee and spouse alleging wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, more
Barragan v. Nestlé Waters
Represented Nestlé Waters North American in employment litigation. more
Disability discrimination litigation for regional health care provider
Successfully defended a regional health care provider in a lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging violations of the Americans with more
California wage and hour class action for financial services company
Represented major financial services company in class action suit in California alleging various wage-and-hour violations of California Labor Code. more
Employment litigation for a non-profit mental health provider
The firm served as lead counsel in defending a non-profit mental health provider against a former employee's allegations of race discrimination. more
Race discrimination litigation for national manufacturer
Successfully defended a national manufacturer in a lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging race discrimination in violation of Title VII and 42  more
Labor and employment litigation for a major pulp and paper company
Represented a major pulp and paper company in a summary judgment win against an ADA claim based on an alleged mental disability. more
Litigation of employment issues
Litigated cases in state and federal courts and administrative agencies involving all manner of employment discrimination, breach of contract, wage more
Employment litigation against municipality
Successfully defended municipality in lawsuit involving claims of harassment and discrimination based on age and race brought by a former employee. more
Class action lawsuit for major banking company
Represented a major banking industry employer in a class action on behalf of sales employees (approximately 2,000) claiming company violated more
Race discrimination litigation for a Georgia county school district
Successfully represented a Georgia county school district against charges of racial discrimination in teacher assignments. more
Toxic tort litigation involving proposed class action
The firm served as joint defense counsel for 12 major oil companies in an environmental ligation case involving claims of nuisance, trespass and  more
Dismissal of age discrimination case
Represented a major airline against an age discrimination and Railway Labor Act case brought by 21 former pilots in the Eastern District of New York.  more
Dismissal of employment discrimination case
Defended large corporation in baseless employment discrimination matter brought by former employee. Convinced plaintiff of the futility of more
Employment litigation for a Fortune 500 retailer
Successfully defended a Fortune 500 retailer in a lawsuit filed by former employee alleging retaliation and wrongful termination arising out  more
Employment litigation for a global snack food manufacturer
Represented a global snack food manufacturer in an appeal from a trial (which we did not handle) of a wrongful discharge more
Labor and employment litigation for a provider of technology solutions to the financial world
Represented a provider of technology solutions to the financial world against employment discrimination lawsuits and charges of employment more
ERISA litigation for a regional telecommunications company regarding company stock in employee benefits plans *
Served as in-house counsel for a regional telecommunications company regarding an ERISA case involving claims about prudence of the company’s stock more
Workplace violence suit for an aerospace and defense company
Represented an aerospace manufacturing company in a wrongful death, personal injury and race discrimination lawsuit arising from a more
Employment litigation for large national distributor
Successfully obtained summary judgment for a large national distributor of janitorial and cleaning products. The client was accused of  more
Workplace violence case for large energy company *
Represented a large energy company in a workplace violence case in which a nonemployee fatally shot the company's security guard and an employee at more
Litigation for global fast food chain
Successfully defended a global fast food chain in litigation brought by a former employee alleging that she was discharged in violation of public more
Multiplaintiff breach-of-contract litigation for life insurance company *
Represented a life insurance company in a lawsuit arising out of allegations that company improperly terminated the independent more
Disability discrimination litigation for non-profit health care provider
Represented non-profit health care provider against a former employee's allegations that the company failed to reasonably accommodate her disability more
Sexual harassment defense of restaurant owner
Successfully defended restaurant owner through trial on pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation claims by former more
Employment litigation for a global snack food manufacturer
Represented a global snack food manufacturer. The firm obtained judgment, and affirmance in a state supreme court, invalidating a state statute

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Employment litigation for a large Illinois-based national distributor of janitorial and cleaning products
The firm served as lead counsel for a large Illinois-based national distributor of janitorial and cleaning products in obtaining summary judgment in more
False Claims Act Retaliation Litigation
Represented Emory University, Inc. in an action brought by a former employee who claimed she was discharged for engaging in protected activity under more
Lawsuit alleging claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act for a large manufacturer *
Represented a large manufacturer in a lawsuit brought by a former employer alleging claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Obtained more
Workplace violence defense of health care provider
Defended a non-profit health care provider in a lawsuit brought by a former employee arising out of a workplace violence incident, resulting in very more
Employment litigation for an information technology services provider
Represented an information technology services provider against claims of wrongful termination in retaliation for the employee having filed workers’ more
California Labor Code class actions for major mortgage industry client
Represented an industry leading provider of mortgage processing solutions in a California state court class action alleging labor code violations for  more
Smith v. Quintiles Transnational Corp., et al.
Represented Quintiles Transnational Corp. and Innovex Inc. in this case for sexual harassment, sex discrimination, retaliation, and disability more
Robertson v. Cree Inc.
Successfully defended Cree Inc., a leading manufacturer of LED technology, in a single-plaintiff discrimination lawsuit from filing through the more
Family and Medical Leave Act litigation for one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturer
Successfully defended one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturer against a former employee's allegations that it violated the Family more
California wage-hour, meal-rest break class action for national bedding manufacturer
Co-counsel for nationally recognized bedding manufacturer in successfully defending and resolving through mediation a class action filed in more
Pascoe, et al. v. Furniture Brands International Inc., et al.
Successfully defended Furniture Brands International, Inc. and one of its subsidiaries, in litigation brought by two former employees involving more
Walter v. Chippendales USA LLC et al.
Successfully represented Chippendales USA LLC in employment and trademark litigation. A former dancer was discharged in February 2012 and signed a

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Disability discrimination lawsuit for one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers
Successfully defended one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought under the Americans with more
Employment litigation defense of mental health hospital *
Defended a mental health hospital against allegations of slander by a former employee arising out of the employee's termination for alleged abuse of more
Misappropriation of trade secrets for a major paper, packaging and foam fabrication company
Defended a major paper, packaging and foam fabrication company against a competitor's lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious more
Officers litigation for Absolute Fire Control Inc.
The firm served as lead counsel representing a former partner of Absolute Fire Control Inc., a sales and service provider of fire equipment, in more
Litigation and agreement services for a building products manufacturer
The firm served as lead counsel for a building products manufacturer and obtained an order invalidating restrictive covenant and arbitration more
Employee Breach of Contract Litigation
Represented Office Depot, Inc. in a lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed that our client breached an employment contract and was unjustly enriched more
Civil rights litigation for an aerospace manufacturing company
Successfully represented an aerospace manufacturing company in a civil rights case filed by members of a political party in the U.S. The more
Nationally reported sex harassment case settled favorably for computer services firm
Represented the CEO and Chairman of a large computer services firm in a nationally reported sexual harassment case that was settled on terms highly more
Age discrimination and whistleblower claims
Successfully represented an investment company and its CEO in an age discrimination and whistleblower claim in Massachusetts. more
Employment discrimination defense for an agricultural association
Represented Washington, D.C.-based agricultural association in administrative racial discrimination and hostile work environment action. more
Enforcement of non-competition agreement for a forest products company *
Represented a forest products company in a lawsuit against a former employee to enforce a non-competition agreement. Obtained a temporary more
Labor and Employment Litigation for major North American industrial textile manufacturer and distributor
Represented major North American industrial textile manufacturer and distributor in Americans with Disabilities Act litigation and obtained summary more
Lawsuit brought by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a restaurant franchisee *
Represented a restaurant franchisee in a lawsuit brought by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that former employee had been subjected more
Employment Class Action against Publicly Traded Manufacturing Company
Represented company in a large California employment class action in California Superior Court, defending claims of unpaid meal breaks, improper more
Defend EEOC charges for regional health care provider
Successfully represented regional health care provider in more than 20 EEOC charges. more
Robertson v. Cree Inc.
Successfully defended Cree Inc., a leading manufacturer of LED technology, in a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit from the time of filing more
Employment litigation involving claims of wrongful discharge for a Fortune 100 retailer *
Represented a Fortune 100 retailer in lawsuit brought by former employee involving claims of wrongful discharge against public policy. more
Employment litigation for chemical manufacturer
Defended chemical manufacturer against allegations by former employee that he was subjected to race discrimination, racial harassment, and more
Workplace violence defense for fiber optic cable company *
Successfully represented a fiber optic cable company in a landmark workplace violence case featured on 60 Minutesmore
Declaratory judgment action for a facility services provider and two employees
Represented a facility services provider and two employees in a declaratory judgment action against a competitor and former employer regarding the more
Labor and employment litigation for a major pulp and paper company
Represented a major pulp and paper company in a summary judgment win on a claim of racial discrimination in hiring. more
Employment litigation for a provider of technology solutions to the financial world
Represented a provider of technology solutions to the financial world and successfully defended the corporation in race, age, gender, and disability more
Employment litigation success
Obtained dismissals of charges brought against California employer clients for sexual harassment and for racial and religious based discrimination, more
Wage and hour class and collective action defense of non-profit health care provider
Defended a non-profit health care provider in a class and collective action alleging overtime violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act and North  more
Leuthold et al. v. Destination America Inc.
Defended proposed class action lawsuit alleging wage and hour violations. (N.D. Cal.) more
Employment litigation for an insurance company
Represented an insurance company in an action brought by former employee and spouse alleging wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, more
Claims related to race and national origin employment discrimination
Successfully defended retail client in matter involving allegations of national origin, infliction of emotional distress, harassment, and race more
General corporate counsel representation for a commercial cooking equipment company
Represented a company focused on commercial cooking equipment in a variety of legal areas including public offerings, employment contracts, more
Employment litigation for a major electrical utility *
Represented a major electrical utility in a lawsuit brought by a current employee claiming he was denied a promotion due to his race and age. more
Employment litigation for an information technology services provider
Represented an information technology services provider against claims of wrongful termination in retaliation for the employee having filed workers’ more
Age discrimination litigation for national professional organization
Successfully defended a national professional organization in a lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging age discrimination and retaliation. more

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Class action lawsuit for major beverage company
Represented a major beverage company in class action brought under New Jersey and New York law on behalf of all route sales personnel (approximately more
Employment litigation for a leading global supplier of disposable medical products
Represented a leading global supplier of disposable medical products in a summary judgment win of a Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") lawsuit.  more
Successful jury trial defense of insurance company
Successfully represented an insurance company in jury trial brought by former employee alleging breach of contract and various torts under Georgia more
Age discrimination collective actions for a major nationwide retailer
Represented a nationwide retailer in two related age discrimination collective actions brought by 14 former store managers more

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