Employment & Labor Law Litigation

The Carolinas Employment and Labor Law Firm
Nexsen Pruet has one of the largest, most experienced Employment and Labor Groups in the Carolinas. With more than 25 attorneys, we provide a comprehensive range of services including advice and counsel, training, and litigation of claims before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts.

We believe the best way to defend against employment and labor disputes is to avoid them, so we also assist clients through proper planning, management training, development of effective policies and practices, and audits that expose potential issues and shape appropriate responses. At the same time, however, our attorneys have the litigation skills to aggressively pursue any matter through trial when it is in the best interests of the employers we represent.

Complete Capabilities in Multiple Areas
Nexsen Pruet's Employment and Labor Group represents management in both union and non-union environments. We have successfully handled matters involving all aspects of the employment relationship, including:

  • Arbitrations and mediations
  • Business immigration
  • Discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims
  • Employee benefits design and administration
  • Employee benefits litigation
  • Executive contracts and compensation
  • Family and Medical Leave Act issues
  • Individual employee and class action suits
  • Reductions in force and plant closings
  • Trade secret protection and litigation
  • Union representation elections and unfair labor practices
  • Wage and hour compliance and litigation
  • Whistleblower investigations and lawsuits
  • Workers' compensation

Accomplished Employment Attorneys
Eight members of the group are listed in Best Lawyers in America and similar surveys, and more than half of the group members have earned the highest possible ranking for legal ability and professionalism.

Nexsen Pruet is distinguished from many specialty firms in that our attorneys have considerable courtroom experience. We have successfully defended employers in state and federal courts, not only in the Carolinas but also in other regions of the country.

Services That Educate and Protect
At Nexsen Pruet, we understand that litigation costs significant time and money and distracts organizations from their missions. Our Employment and Labor attorneys, whose overriding goal is to recognize and prevent potential problems before they result in a claim, help clients develop employment policies and training programs, and devise solutions to complex personnel situations.

Full Service, Full Resources
Because Nexsen Pruet is a full-service firm, our clients have access to the complete strength, skill, and resources that go beyond the Employment and Labor Group. With approximately 30 practice areas - including antitrust, construction, tax, real estate, corporate, intellectual property, and business immigration - we have the knowledge and capabilities to shape specific solutions to specific problems.

Greater Value for Clients
Many of our attorneys are fluent in foreign languages. Others help U.S.-based employers manage their overseas workforces. Additionally, we have applied new technologies that leverage our resources without increasing expense, reinforcing a firm-wide commitment to providing the best, most professional service at the greatest possible value.

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    Joan is well versed in all areas of environmental law and regulation for a diverse number of applications. She has provided sound advice on real estate matters, and regulatory matters involving operating permits and rules governing operations in South Carolina and North Carolina. Joan is responsive to client requirements, is an effective communicator, and has been successful at providing sound advice in working with government agencies to amicably resolve complicated regulatory matters.

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    As an attorney myself, when I needed assistance in a white collar matter, I was immediately referred to
    Ms. Riley by more than one attorney. Right to the point, Ms. Riley's knowledge of the law, ability to communicate, and abilities as an advocate are second to none. Ms. Riley, in my opinion, is one of the brightest and most effective attorneys I have ever met.

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    We as family members of his client did most of the work in gathering helpful info. then all he basically did was read what we had collected. Did not stand up enough for our son.

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    They were always fast with a response to a question of mine and it was very affordable with great services.

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    They were always fast with a response to a question of mine and it was very affordable with great services.

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Diversity

Nexsen Pruet recognizes the importance of having lawyers that reflect the broad diversity within our client base, our jury system, our colleagues, and our community at large.  To that end, we are committed to recruiting minority candidates, reducing minority attrition, supporting minority organizations, and expanding and improving our diversity program.  We also recognize that the pursuit of a diverse workplace is, and should be, ongoing. 

As a means of promoting these interests, we created the Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship Program. Prior to creating the scholarship, we completed a written plan that identified methods by which the firm could recruit, hire, and retain minority lawyers. The plan includes expanding our recruitment efforts to other law schools, increasing recruitment of lateral minority and female candidates, and continuing to develop and enhance our relationships with minority law organizations such as the Black Law Students Association.  Our goal is to identify qualified minority candidates who may be potential members of the firm.

Nexsen Pruet understands the need for and value of increased diversity, and we are strengthening and building upon our commitment to provide an inclusive environment within our firm.  As such, we will maintain a continuing focus on doing whatever we can to achieve the important and necessary goal of diversity.

 

Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship

Strengthening the Lawyers of Tomorrow...Today

   The Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship aims to:  

  • Support diversity within our firm and the bar  
  • Enhance educational opportunities for talented minorities in the field of law  
  • Inform minority law students of opportunities for private practice in the Carolinas   

The Scholarship Program will award $3000 to one or more exceptional first year minority law students planning a career in North or South Carolina.   

All scholarship recipients will be considered for summer employment in one of the Nexsen Pruet offices upon completion of their first year of law school.  Scholarship recipients are invited to re-apply for additional scholarships during their second and third years of law school.   

 Eligible students must be attending one of the following schools:

  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Wake Forest University School of Law 
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law 
  • Charleston School of Law
  • Charlotte School of Law