a firm focused
on you

You are a smart, successful, and busy executive. You need legal advice, and you need it to be prompt and practical. You don’t want a twenty-page memo explaining the history of the law from colonial times to present, a bunch of legalese you can’t understand, or a law firm that creates beautiful compliance policies and systems for your business that you don’t have the bandwidth to implement or maintain. Don’t worry. We get you.

At Gardner Skelton we take the time to get to know you, your business, and your specific needs. We know that the law doesn’t exist in a vacuum and we make sure that you get practical, actionable legal advice that will let you get back to the other things on your to-do list; with the confidence that you have a talented and dedicated legal team supporting you.
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Our Story

Nicole Gardner left her big-firm employment law practice in 2008 to start her own firm. Nicole’s goal was to provide the same exceptional quality of legal work offered by large law firms, but in a smaller setting that offers true partnerships with executives and businesses. Her focus was on pragmatism and value. 

In response to Gardner Skelton’s growing reputation and client base, the firm expanded its team and practice areas in 2013, including recruiting Nicole’s husband, Jared Gardner, who was a partner with one of Charlotte’s most renowned litigation firms. Heather Skelton also joined in 2013, bringing with her years of experience in the healthcare industry and deep knowledge in a niche area of legal compliance for independent medical, surgical, and other healthcare practices. Since then, Gardner Skelton has added additional partners in litigation, corporate and tax law, as well as a dozen more talented lawyers and staff members. 

By design, Gardner Skelton provides a comprehensive legal team of knowledgeable, talented attorneys in multiple fields. Gardner Skelton has grown steadily, but not for the sake of growth. For Gardner Skelton, it’s not about bigger. It’s about excellent service to the people and businesses who trust us with their legal needs.

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