John is the managing partner of the Charlotte office and has practiced exclusively on the management side of labor and employment matters for more than 25 years. He regularly represents clients in employee mobility matters including counseling and litigating over non-compete, non-solicit and trade secret issues.
John also represents employers in a wide range of employment discrimination and wage and hour matters in federal and state courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S., and various State Departments of Labor. He has also represented employers in arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and FINRA. John has represented employers in union counter-campaigns and in unfair labor practice trials before the National Labor Relations Board.
John regularly counsels corporate clients on a wide range of employment topics, including compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws, investigating and responding to charges of discrimination or harassment, wage and hour compliance issues, addressing employee mobility issues and protecting corporate assets through the use of non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, employee discipline and discharge issues, and union avoidance strategies. He has also assisted clients in the preparation of employment agreements, policies and handbooks, public accommodation compliance issues and management training.
John has also advised corporate clients on brick and mortar and web accessibility compliance issues under Title III of the ADA, and has defended clients in actions brought by governmental agencies.
While in law school, John served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Syracuse Law Review.
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Board Chair, Charlotte Communities of Shalom
Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer, Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law-Management, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013-2020
Named to "North Carolina Super Lawyers," Employment & Labor, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2017-2019
Named to "Legal Elite," Labor and Employment, Business North Carolina, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2016
Leadership Charlotte Class XXVIII, 2007
McGuireWoods Wins Spirit of North Carolina Award for Support of United Way in 2017
February 27, 2018