- Employment & Labor Law
- Employee Compensation & Benefits
- Employee Benefits Guidance and Litigation
|University ||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2005|
|Law School||North Carolina Central University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2008|
|Admitted||North Carolina Bar Association; Western District of North Carolina; Middle District of North Carolina|
Civic & Professional MembershipsCommunity Link - Board Member
•Council for Children's Rights - Volunteer Attorney
•American Bar Association - Trial Practice Committee - Subcommittee Co-Chair 2011-2013
•Mecklenburg County Law Day Committee Member, 2010-2011
•Mecklenburg County Bar Association
•Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dedria Kolb counsels clients on compliance issues and represents employers in labor and employment litigation. She works with human resources and front-line managers on day-to-day employment related issues and various employment disputes involving both state and federal laws. Her experience includes investigating Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges; defending employers against discrimination actions, including a class action Title VII discrimination case; conducting investigations regarding employee misconduct; reviewing and updating employee handbooks to ensure compliance with state and federal statutes; and developing reduction in force strategies for compliance with the WARN Act.
Dedria advises senior level managers on how to manage employees with attendance, disciplinary and job performance issues. She also protects clients' confidential information and intellectual capital through the drafting and implementation of employment contracts containing covenants not to compete and no solicitation clauses. Recently, she has represented business owners throughout wage and hour investigations helping to mitigate risk and future exposure to violations of the FLSA.
I recently helped one of my service industry clients with a complex wage and hour audit. We were able to direct the investigation in a manner that was favorable to the client that minimized their risk to the extent possible.
Outside Nexsen Pruet
My husband and I love to entertain! We frequently throw intimate dinner parties for close friends and family, complete with themes like Greek Night or Mexican Game Night. I frequently look to Pinterest for inspiration, and already have ideas for my young daughter's birthday parties for years to come.
To me, entertaining and cooking is really a creative outlet. Like practicing law, entertaining doesn't always go as planned. In fact, sometimes you reach the best outcome when you go off recipe.
Speaking & Writing
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Dedria Harper Kolb, May 7, 2014
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