Nicole Gardner

Nicole Gardner
704.335.0350 phone
704.390.7007 direct
704.390.7017 fax
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Attorney at Law

Nicole Gardner practices employment law and represents a broad range of businesses and senior executives. She provides business advice and counsel, represents clients in litigation and acts as a mediator in state and federal employment cases.

Nicole has been recognized for excellence by her peers, being consistently listed in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” as well as “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Nicole was selected for inclusion in the 2014-2016 editions of “Best Lawyers in America” for both commercial litigation and employment law/management. From 2014-2016, “Super Lawyers” also named Nicole as one of the top 50 women lawyers in North Carolina.

Nicole advises and counsels clients on Title VII, FMLA, ADA, NLRA, ERISA and wage and hour law compliance, HR best practices, and also prepares employee handbooks, employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-competition, confidentiality, and invention assignment agreements.

Nicole represents clients in state and federal courts in suits involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, employee raiding, negligent hiring and retention, breach of contract and wage payment violations, as well as in general commercial disputes. She advocates for her clients in administrative proceedings before the EEOC, the State and Federal Departments of Labor, the National labor Relations Board, and the Employment Security Commission. Nicole also investigates alleged malfeasance of corporate executives, both on behalf of clients and on behalf of other large corporations who seek an outside neutral investigator.

Nicole serves as the outside general counsel for many of her clients, engaging and managing a network of attorneys nationwide in handling clients’ legal needs.

Acknowledgments

Selected by Super Lawyers as:

  • Top 50 Women North Carolina Super Lawyers: 2014-2016
  • Super Lawyer: 2012-2016
  • Rising Star: 2010, 2011

Best Lawyers in America: 2014-2016

Named as one of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite: 2010-2016. In 2015, Nicole received the most votes as N.C.’s top employment lawyer, thus entering her permanently into Legal Elite’s “Hall of Fame.”

Practice Areas
  • Employment
  • Employment Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Outside General Counsel
  • Investigations
  • Mediation
Industries Served
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Food Service
  • Non Profit
Education
  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1999 (Moot Court Board)
  • William J. Fulbright Scholar, South Korea, 1994-1995
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1994, summa cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa)
Admissions
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • South Carolina State Bar
  • California State Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California
Professional Affiliations
  • North Carolina Bar Association.
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Charlotte Women’s Bar Association
Community Involvement
  • Board Member, American Diabetes Association (Charlotte Chapter)
  • Board Member, Hope Haven Foundation
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Women’s Impact Fund
  • Active Member, Caldwell Presbyterian Church