Tricia counsels management clients on a variety of employment-related issues, including federal and state discrimination and harassment laws; wage and hour compliance; employment policies and handbooks; employment agreements; restructuring; severance programs and policies; confidentiality, assignment of inventions and non-competition agreements; trade secrets; workplace violence; and drug and alcohol screening. She also counsels clients on issues arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

In addition, Tricia drafts non-compete, confidentiality, independent contractor and employment agreements and assists clients in conducting effective workplace investigations and training regarding employee misconduct and inappropriate behavior.

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An experienced litigator, Tricia represents employers before governmental agencies and in state and federal courts on numerous employment-related matters, including charges and lawsuits under North Carolina’s Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act; common law employment claims; whistle-blower claims; wage and hour claims; and EEOC charges and lawsuits on employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, including age, race, sex, disability, and national origin, as well as sexual harassment and equal pay claims. Tricia also represents clients in non-compete and confidentiality claims and other claims regarding employment agreements.

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Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Labor & Employment Law (2017)

Recognized by her peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" in Employment Law (2011, 2013-2014, 2016)

Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Employment Law - Management (2016-2018) and Litigation - Labor and Employment (2018)

Member, North Carolina Bar Association, 1997-present

Member, Junior League of Raleigh, 1997-present

Past member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Victim Assistance Network

Past member, Board of Directors, Capital Area Preservation, Inc.

My favorite virtue: Honesty

I became a lawyer because: I wanted to help people solve problems

My chief characteristic: Tenacity

What I appreciate the most in my friends: Being there in good times and bad

My main fault: Getting caught up in the details

One surprising thing people don’t know about me is: I am the mother of twins

My occupation if I weren't a lawyer: Psychiatrist

Where I'd most like to live: North Carolina

My idea of happiness: Traveling with my family

What legal work most excites me: Helping clients find solutions to their problems

My greatest ambition: To raise my children to be caring and productive adults

My favorite prose authors: Robert Frost

The natural talent I'd like to be gifted with: Singing

What I admire most about my clients: Caring about their employees

I grew up in: Greensboro, North Carolina

My favorite activity away from work: Traveling with my family

The best thing about Brooks Pierce: It feels like a family

My heroes in real life: My parents

My legacy: My children

Sources say: 'Patricia is knowledgeable and responsive. It seems that no matter what we throw at her as an issue, she has seen it.' --Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017

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April 26, 2013

Employment Law Changes Lunch and Learn in Greensboro

In a series of lunch sessions, Brooks Pierce lawyers will update you on new regulations, government agency enforcement trends and priorities, and case developments that will impact your employment policies and practices. The first lunch session will be held March 26, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at...Read more

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