Nicole L. Gardner

Nicole L. Gardner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Charlotte, NC

Gardner Skelton PLLC
 | 505 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-335-0350
Fax: 704-390-7027
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Nicole Gardner practices employment law and represents a broad range of businesses and senior executives. She provides business advice and counsel, represents clients in litigation and acts as a mediator in state and federal employment cases.

    Nicole has been recognized for excellence by her peers, being consistently listed in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” as well as “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Nicole was selected for inclusion in the 2014-2016 editions of “Best Lawyers in America” for both commercial litigation and employment law/management. From 2014-2016, “Super Lawyers” also named Nicole as one of the top 50 women lawyers in North Carolina.

    Nicole advises and counsels clients on Title VII, FMLA, ADA, NLRA, ERISA and wage and hour law compliance, HR best practices, and also prepares employee handbooks, employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-competition, confidentiality, and invention assignment agreements.

    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 advocates for her clients in administrative proceedings before the EEOC, the State and Federal Departments of Labor, the National labor Relations Board, and the Employment Security Commission. Nicole also investigates alleged malfeasance of corporate executives, both on behalf of clients and on behalf of other large corporations who seek an outside neutral investigator.

    Nicole serves as the outside general counsel for many of her clients, engaging and managing a network of attorneys nationwide in handling clients’ legal needs.

    About Nicole Gardner

    Admitted: 2002, North Carolina

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • North Carolina State Bar; South Carolina State Bar; California State Bar; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina; U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina; U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board Member, Hope Haven Foundation; Member, Women's Impact Fund; Youth Mentor, Buddy/Mentor, Inc.; Volunteer Attorney, North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • The Best Lawyers in America -- employment law/management and commercial litigation; Business North Carolina Legal Elite  

    Educational Background:

    • William J. Fulbright Scholar, South Korea, 1994-1995; Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1994, summa cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa)

    Industry Groups

    • Financial Institutions
    • Health Care
    • Manufacturing
    • Nonprofit Agencies
    • Restaurant And Food Service
    • Retail
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    Office Location for Nicole L. Gardner

    505 East Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC 28203

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    Last Updated: 12/30/2020

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