M. Daniel McGinn - Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

M. Daniel McGinn

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 336-271-3108

Dan McGinn has been representing North Carolina businesses in labor and employment matters since joining Brooks Pierce in 1971. With a background in both labor and employment matters, he has been involved in every aspect of the labor and employment field.

Over the years, Dan has represented small businesses and large corporations, including American Telephone and Telegraph Company, BellSouth, Burlington Industries, Inc., Carolina Telephone & Telegraph Company, Domtar Paper Company, Hearst Corporation, Libbey Owens Ford Company, Lorillard Tobacco Company, Olin Corporation, GTE, The Kroger Company, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Sprint Corporation, Time Warner Cable, Volvo Trucks, N.A., Western Electric Company, and Weyerhaeuser Company.

Experience at Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP: 

  • Has represented companies in well over one hundred (100) labor and employment civil suits in federal and state courts
  • Has represented companies in actual trials of labor and employment cases in approximately twenty five (25) civil suits, including five (5) class action trials
  • U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals - Has appeared in oral arguments in fifteen (15) cases
  • U.S. Supreme Court - Appearance in Pons v. Lorillard
  • Representation of companies in over one hundred fifty (150) labor arbitration hearings
  • Has served as chief company spokesman in numerous union contract negotiations
  • Has advised companies in numerous union organizational campaigns
  • Has represented companies in handling numerous EEOC and NLRB charges, including unfair labor practice hearings 

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America - Included in North Carolina Labor and Employment section annually for over 15 years
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers - In 2013 edition, listed again as one of top 100 lawyers in North Carolina (in any practice area and one of only six management labor/employment lawyers included in the top 100)
  • Chambers USA - Ranked as "first tier" labor and employment lawyer every year of this publication's existence, including 2013 edition
  • Business North Carolina - Consistently listed in the labor and employment portion of Legal Elite edition
  • Jonathan R. Harkavy Award - Received from the Labor and Employment Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2010 (only the third recipient of the award, which is given in recognition of an attorney who exhibits outstanding service and leadership and has made significant contributions to labor and employment law in North Carolina)

Past Experience

  • National Labor Relations Board, Winston-Salem Region, Trial Attorney, 1967; 1970
  • U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, Defense Counsel, Trial Counsel, and Military Judge, 1967-70

Professional & Community Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Employment Law Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Chairman, Labor and Employment Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 1977-78
  • Development Committee, North Carolina Bar Foundation, 2006--
  • Legal Counsel and Executive Committee member, United Way of Greater Greensboro, 2011--
  • Chair, Wake Forest Law School Law Alumni Council, 1996-97
  • Member, Wake Forest Law School Board of Visitors, 1999--


Wake Forest UniversityBA 1964Wake Forest University School of LawJ.D. 1967
American College of Trial LawyersUnited Way of Greater GreensboroWake Forest University School of Law

Office Location

Renaissance Plaza, Suite 2000
230 North Elm Street
P.O. Box 26000
Greensboro, NC 27420
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Greensboro Metro Area
M. Daniel McGinn has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment