Nicole Crawford counsels clients on human resources and employment law issues and helps employers make sound personnel decisions that are in compliance with laws. She has extensive experience in handling employment discrimination matters, EEOC charges, and a wide range of other employment matters.
Nicole practices labor and employment law and litigation. She advises employers on employee discipline and discharge matters and has extensive experience handling difficult discipline and termination issues involving employees with disabilities or on FMLA leave. Nicole defends employers in EEOC charges and discrimination lawsuits, charges and lawsuits under North Carolina's Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act, whistle-blower claims, and common law employment claims. She has extensive experience in discrimination claims, including age, race, sex, disability, and national origin, as well as sexual harassment and equal pay claims. Nicole also works with unionized employers and handles grievance issues and arbitrations for those clients.
Nicole continues to be widely recognized by her peers and clients as a leading employment and labor lawyer. She has been included in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite,” North Carolina Super Lawyers and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Nicole has an established EEOC charge defense practice, from drafting position statements to mediations to handling all interactions with the EEOC on behalf of employers.
Nicole is a trusted counselor for unionized employers and handles grievance issues and arbitrations for those clients. She regularly advises on collective bargaining issues and defends employers in unfair labor practice charges. She also has experience dealing with the NLRB’s expansion of its social media decisions regarding employees’ right to concerted, protected activity.
Recognized by her peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" in Employment Law (2014, 2016-2018)
Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Labor & Employment Law (2009-2017)
Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers in Labor & Employment (2009, 2011-2013, 2016-2017)
Board Director, North Carolina Zoo Society, 2009-present; Vice-Chair, 2015-2016
Board Member, Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation, 2011
Board Member, Foundation for a Sustainable Community, 2010
Secretary, Partners in Public Health, 2005-2012
Advisory Council Member, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, 2008-2010
Board Member, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, 2009
Member, Society for Human Resources Management, 2009-present
Member, Development Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, 2010 - present
Council member, Labor & Employment Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 2010-present
Member, Litigation Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 2003-present
Member, Litigation and Employment Sections, American Bar Association, 2003-present
Co-chair, Website Newsletter Committee, Litigation Employment Committee, American Bar Association, 2012-2013
Member, Greensboro Bar Association, 2003-present
Panelist, "Working With and Managing the Whistleblower," National Employment Law Council Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April 2017
Panelist, "The New Era of the Employment Attorney," National Employment Law Council Meeting, Atlanta, GA, January 2017
Speaker, "NLRB and Its Expanding Reach in the Workplace Horizon," Sterling Education seminar on the National Labor Relations Board, Greensboro, NC, December 2016
Brooks Pierce is a firm that celebrates independent, cerebral, and creative thinkers. Get to know Nicole through our own version of the famous Proust Questionnaire:
My favorite virtue: Humility
I became a lawyer because: I wanted to help people solve problems
What I appreciate the most in my friends: Their support and humor
Where I'd most like to live: Paris
My idea of happiness: A glass of wine and a good book in front of a fire with my dog
What legal work most excites me: Helping clients solve practical problems facing their business, while complying with the law and their own sense of fairness and humanity
My favorite prose authors: Harper Lee and J.G. Ballard
The natural talent I'd like to be gifted with: Tennis skills
My favorite characters in fiction: Atticus Finch, Dorothy and Toto
I grew up: In Flint, Michigan
My favorite activity away from work: Hanging out with my daughter
The best thing about Brooks Pierce: The wide variety of interesting, smart, and caring individuals who work here
My heroes in real life: Dan McGinn, Ellington Andrews
My legacy: A kind, funny, smart woman who cares about others in the world (my daughter)