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.