Nicole Gardner practices employment law and represents a broad range of businesses and senior executives. She provides advice and counsel as well as representation in litigation. Nicole has been recognized for excellence by her peers, being consistently listed in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” as well as “Superlawyers” since 2010. Nicole was selected for inclusion in the 2014 and 2015 edition of “Best Lawyers In America” for both commercial litigation and employment law/management. In 2014 and 2015, “Superlawyers” also named Nicole as one of the top 50 women lawyers in North Carolina. And in 2015, attorneys in North Carolina voted Nicole into Legal Elite's "Hall of Fame" for Employment law - meaning she received the most votes from other attorneys in North Carolina ranking the state's best Employment lawyers.
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 also advocates for her clients in administrative proceedings before the EEOC, the State and Federal Departments of Labor, and the Employment Security Commission.
Nicole’s non-litigation services include advising and counseling clients on Title VII, FMLA, ADA, NLRA, ERISA and wage and hour law compliance, HR best practices, and also preparing employee handbooks, employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-competition, confidentiality, and invention assignment agreements.
Nicole also acts as the outside and general counsel for many of her clients, engaging and managing a network of attorneys nationwide in handling clients’ legal needs.
Nicole is a frequent lecturer and presenter on employment law topics.