Joshua R. Van Kampen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Charlotte, NC

Van Kampen Law PC
 | 315 East Worthington Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-247-3245
Fax: 704-749-2638
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

Joshua R. Van Kampen is the founder and principal of Van Kampen Law PC in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In 2018 and 2019, SuperLawyers rated Josh in its “Top 100” attorney list for all of North Carolina and in its "Top 25" attorney list for Charlotte. This follows Josh being named in the Top 100 List in 2017 as well. These are not lists ranking the top employment lawyers. Josh is ranked among the top attorneys in any practice area. In his mid-40s, Josh is among the youngest attorneys in North Carolina to receive these recognitions.

The road to SuperLawyers' top lists for North Carolina started in Chicago, Illinois in 1998, where Josh trained as an associate at two nationally recognized employment law defense firms in Chicago,Seyfarth Shaw and Franczek Sullivan. During his six years as a defense attorney, Josh defended Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller businesses in age, race, sex, disability, sexual harassment, traditional labor, and wage and hour litigation. Josh's defense experience also included counseling employers on litigation avoidance and sexual harassment training.

In 2004, Josh relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, and transitioned his practice from defending employers to exclusively representing victims of discrimination, sexual harassment, unequal pay, wrongful discharge, retaliation, and wage and hour violations. A significant portion of his practice also includes negotiations and litigation involving executive employment agreements, severance agreements and stock/long term incentive disputes.

Prior to forming Van Kampen Law PC in July 2011, Josh was a partner at two of the premier, plaintiff-side employment law firms in North Carolina: Fosbinder & Van Kampen, PLLC and Patterson Harkavy, LLP.

Van Kampen Law's primary clients are professional and executive-level victims of employment discrimination and sexual harassment. Josh leverages his training as a management-side employment attorney to anticipate and counteract strategies and tactics utilized by employers. Being a member of the defense bar has also been useful to Josh in helping clients to properly value their cases, and to assess when to push and when to concede during settlement negotiations.

The firm also strategically takes on fewer cases so that it can devote sufficient resources to match up favorably against the large defense firms employers invariably hire. By concentrating his practice exclusively on employment law in North Carolina for the last fiftteen years, Josh has also established close working relationships with many of the area’s employment law defense attorneys and in-house counsels, which can sometimes facilitate early settlement. To that end, many of the cases referred to Josh are from defense attorneys against whom he has litigated. Josh was even retained by a large law firm in Charlotte, which he litigated against many times, to join its defense team when it was sued for discrimination. 

Ultimately, Van Kampen Law strives to be regarded as the most aggressive employment litigation firm in the state and a firm to be feared at trial. That said, the firm also works effectively and in good faith with area employers to settle matters amicably and confidentially where possible. While litigation is ultimately often necessary, Van Kampen Law's initial approach with employers emphasizes diplomacy, open-mindedness and mutual interests. 

Josh has assumed several leadership roles within the plaintiff-side employment law bar in North Carolina. He is currently vice-chairman of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association's Labor and Employment section and has previously served as chairman and ethics chair of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice's Employment Law Section.  Josh has served on the North Carolina Bar Association's Employment Law Executive Committee for several years.  He is also member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and Southern Trial Lawyers Association. 

Josh is a frequent lecturer on employment law issues and negotiation strategy. 

Josh received his B.A. from Purdue University in 1993 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1998, where he graduated with magna cum laude honors.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (50%): Employment Law - Employee

Employment Litigation (50%)

Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee


Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011

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About Joshua Van Kampen

Admitted: 2004, North Carolina

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  • Van Kampen Law has been recognized as a "Best Law Firm" by US News and World Report since 2016 and obtained a "Tier 1" ranking by US News and World Report for 2019 and 2020. A "Tier 1" ranking places Van Kampen Law among the largest, most prestigious law firms in North Carolina. 
  • From 2011-2012 and 2014-2019, Mr. Van Kampen has been recognized as a member of the "Legal Elite" by Business North Carolina Magazine, an honor bestowed on only 3% of lawyers in North Carolina.  Business North Carolina Magazine also previously recognized Mr. Van Kampen as one of the top employment law attorneys under 40. 
  • For 2015 through 2020, Josh Van Kampen has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in American in Litigation- Labor and Employment., 2019

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Josh currently serves as Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association's Employment Law section.  Josh has previously served as Chairman, Ethics Chair and Legislative Chair of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Employment Law section. Josh has served on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association's Employment Law Council.  In 2014, Mr. Van Kampen was admitted to membership in the Southern Trial Lawyer's Association; he is one of only twenty-six attorneys in North Carolina admitted to the STLA.  Also in 2014, Josh was one of only sixteen attorneys nationally to be be selected to Law 360's Employment Law Editorial Advisory Board. Finally, Mr. Van Kampen is a contributing author to the North Carolina Prima Facie Tort Manual.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mentor to Lunch with A Lawyer Program for High School Students through North Carolina Business Court Mentor to North Carolina Advocates for Justice, New Bar Admittee Program Mentor to North Caroline Bar Association, New Bar Admittee Program

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-presenter on “Introduction to Federal Employment Discrimination Law,” North Carolina Bar Association, Cary, NC,  February 15, 2018, Co-Presenter, Introduction to Federal Employment Discrimination Law, North Carolina Bar Association, 2018
  • Can an artificial intelligence hiring selection program discriminate against applicants in protected classes?, Author , Employers’ Use of Artificial Intelligence to Screen Applicants Can Raise Discrimination Alarms, 2019
  • Lecturer on Lessons to be Learned for Employers from a Plaintiff-Side Employment Attorney, Union County Chamber Of Commerce, 2008
  • "The Fair Housing Act's Protections of Children" GP Solo and Small Firm Lawyer, Volume 15, Number 5, October/November, 1998
  • "Lipstick on a Pig: North Carolina Employment Law Needs a Makeover" North Carolina Advocates for Justice Trial Briefs, 2009
  • North Carolina Prima Facie Tort Manual, Lexis-Nexis, contributing author to Fifth (2013) and Sixth (2014) editions, 2014
  • "Should the ADAAA's Disability Definition Apply to North Carolina Common Law Wrongful Discharge Claims", by Joshua R. Van Kampen and Maggie Souders, North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, 2010
  • "ADA Amendments Act: Major Changes / Major Impact,"  Presenter at Mecklenburg County Bar Association Employment Law Symposium, 2011
  • "Negotiations Strategy Demand Letter Through Summary Judgment: How to 'Make' Good Settlements Happen,"  Presenter at North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Symposium, 2011
  •  "High Court's BNSF Ruling A Roadblock For Forum-Shopping", Law 360, JVK quoted in article, 2016
  • "The Art of the Deal - Getting the Most Out of Mediation,"  Presenter at North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual CLE, 2012
  • "High Court Closes Defense Loophole In Religious Bias Suit", Law360 Employment, JVK quoted in article, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, Metiation Strategies - Insights from a Mediator, Plaintiff Attorney and Management Attorney, NC/SC Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Annual Meeting, 2012
  • "North Carolina State Law Employment Claims, The Why and How to Litigate Employment Matters in State Court," Presenter at Mecklenburg County Bar Annual Employment Law CLE, 2013
  • Lecturer on Employment Law Case Selection at the Charlotte School of Law, 2014
  • Lecture on Employment Law: Case Selection - How to Pick Winning Cases at the Charlotte School of Law, 2015
  • "Growth of FLSA lawsuits", Law360 Employment, JVK quoted in article, 2015
  • "Retaliation Claims Harder To Ditch After 4th Circ. Ruling", Law360 Employment, JVK quoted in article, 2015
  • "With New OT Regs Looming, Lawyers Advise Early Planning", Law360 Employment, JVK quoted in article, 2015
  • "High Court Ruling In Tyson Wage Case Could Be Blockbuster", Law 360 Employment, JVK quoted in article, 2015
  • "Final OT Rule May Go Beyond Salary Hike, Lawyers Say", Law360 Employment, JVK quoted in article, 2015
  • "The 4 Biggest Questions Facing Discrimination Attys", Law360 Employment, JVK quoted in article, 2015
  • "Federal Courts Usher in Big Changes to Rules for Discovery". JVK quoted in article, 2015
  • "Yoga Guru's Legal Woes Mount As Damages Seem Indisputable". Law360 Employment, JVK quoted in article, 2015
  • Lawyers review Charlotte's updated non-discrimination ordinance, WBTV, February 23, 2016.
  • HB2 Affects Everyone With a Paycheck, Josh Van Kampen quoted in article, 2016.
  • “Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Employment Law Program, Cary, N.C, February 3, 2017, “Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,”, North Carolina Advocates for Justice , 2017
  • Co-Presenter, “Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” North Carolina Bar Association Annual Employment Law Program, Cary, N.C, February 15, 2018, Co-Presenter, Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, North Carolina Bar Association, 2018


  • On Feb. 2, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina returned a $750,000 verdict against the company, including $681,000 in punitive damages.“We asked the jury to send a message, not just to construction companies, but just to companies in town generally, that in Charlotte we take our workplace safety seriously, and we asked the jury to also send a message to workers that if they see dangerous situations at work that they should report it, and that if they are retaliated against for reporting it, we wanted to jury to say that we will have your back,” Van Kampen said. “And the jury said pretty loudly and clearly that they had his back.”, 2018


  • Meet Joshua Van Kampen video, 2012


Educational Background:

  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1998
  • Purdue University, B.A in Political Science and History, 1993

Industry Groups

  • Federal Bar Association - Labor And Employment Section
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Advocates For Justice
  • North Carolina Bar Association Employment Law Executive Committee
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
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Office Location for Joshua R. Van Kampen

315 East Worthington Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203

Phone: 704-247-3245

Fax: 704-749-2638

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Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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