- Employment & Labor Law
- Employees and Technology
- Health Care
|University ||Washington and Lee University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1984 Omicron Delta Kappa|
|Law School||University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1991|
|Admitted||1991, South Carolina and Georgia; 1995, North Carolina; U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit|
Civic & Professional Memberships
•Board member, North Carolina SHRM State Council, 2011-2013, Governmental Affairs
•Board of Advisors, Diversity Forum in Charlotte, 2010-2011
•Board of Directors, Charlotte Area Society for Human Resource Management, 2006-2009, Governmental Affairs
•American Foundry Society
•State Bar of Georgia
•South Carolina Bar
•North Carolina Bar
•Mecklenburg County Bar
John D. Cole is a litigator with broad experience across the spectrum of employment law and labor law. For more than 20 years, John has represented employers of all sizes in cases throughout the eastern United States. He has handled numerous cases involving virtually all aspects of employment law before various federal courts, federal and state administrative agencies, and the state courts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. He has also handled employment arbitration cases before AAA and FINRA.
In the area of traditional labor law, John has successfully handled union campaigns, union elections, strikes and unfair labor practice litigation before the National Labor Relations Board. He has also handled collective bargaining agreement negotiations and labor arbitrations.
John also represents high net-worth individuals and business owners with their business and personal legal issues. He has prosecuted and defended businesses and their interests with regard to non-competition agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair and deceptive trade practices, computer fraud and abuse, and interference with contracts and business relations. He has secured and/or defended against temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and permanent injunctions. He has also defended and prosecuted business interests in cases involving RICO, fraud and contract issues.
John regularly counsels and advises clients on all aspects of human resources issues and conducts training programs for management, clients and HR groups. He is a frequent speaker for organizations such as the North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (NCSHRM), the Charlotte Area Society for Human Resource Management (CASHRM), American Foundry Society (AFS) and the Risk Management Society (RIMS).
While earning his B.A. from Washington and Lee University, John was a captain and four-year letterman for the Generals' varsity football team and was twice selected for the all-conference team. He was an officer in the U.S. Army from 1984-1988.
•Best Lawyers in America - Employment Law - Management, since 2013
•Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation
July 31, 2014
•Franchise POST: How Franchise Systems Can Minimize Risks of Labor Violations
July 1, 2013
•EEOC Must Pay Attys' Fees From Tossed Propak Bias Suit
March 28, 2014
Speaking & Writing
July 31 - August 1, 2014 - American Conference Institute's (ACI's) 6th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation, New York, New York. Retaliation in Employment Law Update: Overcoming the Challenges of Defending Retaliation Claims, and the Latest Development in Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Suits.
February 6-8, 2013 - American Foundry Society National Labor and Employment Law Conference, Clearwater Beach, Florida; EEOC Class Action Litigation: Case Law Developments in 2012 and Trends to Watch for 2013.
September 18, 2012 - Ajilon North Carolina Human Resources Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina; EEOC Litigation Tactics and Strategy: A Battlefield Perspective.
September 20, 2012 - NCSHRM State Conference, Wilmington, North Carolina; Key Labor and Employment Legislative Developments at the State and Federal Levels.
May 2012 - NCSHRM Day In Raleigh Legislative Forum, Raleigh, North Carolina; Federal And State Legislative Update. (Also at Greensboro Office)
|Reported Cases||Notable: E.E.O.C v. PROPAK LOGISTICS, INC., 746 F.3d 145 (4th Cir. 2014); E.E.O.C. v. PROPAK LOGISTICS, INC. U.S. District Court; for the Western District of N.C., Asheville Division; Civil Case No. 1:09cv311|
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