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
Speaking & Writing
• EEOC Must Pay Attys' Fees From Tossed Propak Bias Suit
March 28, 2014
•Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation
July 31, 2014
•Franchise POST: How Franchise Systems Can Minimize Risks of Labor Violations
July 1, 2013
July 28 - July 29, 2016 - American Conference Institute's (ACI's) 8th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation, Chicago, Illinois. Joint Employer Liability in the Employment Discrimination Context: Crucial Considerations for Franchisors/Franchisees Given the Expanding Scope of Joint Employment, and Defeating Joint Employment Allegations Early in an Employment Discrimination Claim.
January 28 - 29, 2016 - American Conference Institute's (ACI's) 26th National Forum on Wage Hour Claims and Class Actions, Miami, Florida. “Joint Employer Liability Under the Wage and Hour Laws: The Implications of the NLRB Browning-Ferris Decision on the Wage and Hour Landscape, Mitigating Risk of Joint Employer Liability, and Defeating Joint Employment Allegations Early in Employment Litigation.
May 28, 2015 - Panel Speaker, American Conference Institute's Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, “Spotlight on the Expanding Employment Relationship of Joint Employers and the Fissured Workplace”, New York, NY.
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)