Bill has nearly 40 years of experience counseling employers through difficult employment decisions while complying with the plethora of employment related laws. He has extensive experience in employment contracting issues, including non-competition and non-solicitation drafting and litigation, and employment practices audits. Bill also has planning and litigation experience in FLSA executive compliance issues.

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Having previously served as general counsel of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Bill has a comprehensive understanding of the agency’s methods, practices, procedures and personnel. He has extensive experience in compliance planning and litigation, especially CWA issues and emerging coastal management practices.

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Bill is a certified mediator with extensive experience in using non-traditional techniques to solve his clients’ complex problems.

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Bill is experienced in a wide variety of litigation and arbitration areas, including construction, environmental, real property, and contract disputes.

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Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Labor & Employment Law (2004-2011, 2017-2018)

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Labor and Employment Litigation, Employment Law - Management, and Labor Law - Management (Greensboro Lawyer of the Year 2015, 2019) (1995-2019)

Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" in Employment Law (2003, 2006, 2009, 2012-2014)

Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers in Employment & Labor Law (2006-2012, 2014-2018)

Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition in Employment & Labor Law (2015)

Environmental Leadership Award, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, December 2012

 

Chair (2007-2009); Vice Chair (2003-2007); Board Member (1999-2003), NC School of Science and Mathematics

Board Member, Piedmont Triad, National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ) (2002-2006)

Board Member, Labor & Employment Section, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Environmental, Employment, and Litigation Sections, American Bar Association and North Carolina Bar Association

Council Member, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2013-present)

Presenter, Business North Carolina Cybersecurity Roundtable, Raleigh, NC, November 2018. 

Presenter, "A Wrench in the Gears: How to Prevent a Data Breach from Disrupting Your Operations & Customer Relationships," mfgCON 2018, Durham, NC, November 14, 2018. 

Presenter, "Data Breaches & Cybersecurity," 2018 CFO/CPA Risk Management Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 16, 2018

Presenter, "Data Privacy - A Legal Assessment," CFO Roundtable event, High Point, NC, August 16, 2018

Co-presenter, "You've Been Breached: What Next?," Business North Carolina CEO Summit, Pinehurst, NC, March 27, 2018

Panelist on cybersecurity concerns for entrepreneurs, Greater Women's Business Council's POP Too! Conference, Raleigh, NC, March 9, 2017

Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Raleigh Social Media Marketing Meetup, Raleigh, NC, January 18, 2017

Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Internet Summit, Raleigh, NC, November 16, 2016

Presenter, “Digital Media and Marketing,” UNC Festival of Legal Learning, February 14, 2015

Presenter, “Responding to a Data Breach,” Banking Security Summit, North Carolina Bankers Association, October 16, 2014

Presenter, Digital Legal & Compliance 101 Panel Discussion, North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, June 24, 2014

Presenter, “Tax Consequences of Lobbying and Political Advocacy,” North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, May 2014

Panelist, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, ABA Forum on Communications Law, April 2014

Co-author, “Commercial Free TV and Aereo:  What Lies Ahead for Content Owners in the Wake of the Ninth Circuit’s AutoHop Decision,” Communications Lawyer, November 2013

Co-author, “Prior Restraint 2.0: A Framework for Applying Section 230 to Online Journalism,” 1 Wake Forest J.L.& Pol'y 75, May 2011

Co-author, “Supreme Court Rocks Campaign Finance Boat,” Triad Business Journal, 2010

Moderator, “Recent Developments in Election Law,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2013

Panelist, “Copyright and the Internet: Giving Broadcasters the Cold Shoulder?” American Bar Association, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, April 2013

Presenter, “Citizens United and Corporate Political Speech: New Opportunities and Obstacles,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2010

Presenter, “Indemnification, Attorneys’ Fees and Arbitration Provisions in Contracts,” North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, February 2010

After 35 years as a private practice lawyer, in which I litigated in a wide variety of courts and agencies as well as counseled a broad spectrum of clients, from manufacturers (domestic and foreign) to banks to restaurants, I took almost a year “off” to work as a state government employee (General Counsel of the N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources) in what turned out to be an eye opening and enriching experience. The job was fascinating—covering all aspects of a typical general counsel position of an entity with nearly 4,000 employees and more than 15 departments (contracting, employment, litigation), plus the wonderful world of state and federal financing and politics. But more interesting was seeing the agency up close. I was truly impressed with the overall dedication, knowledge and cooperative spirit of the career employees. It was a privilege to try to help them, and I see the public sector in an entirely new light. Try it sometime.

Problem solving is the lawyer’s core function. To do that, we must understand the client’s needs and goals first and always work with those in mind. Too many lawyers lose themselves in the legal question. Applying creativity to problem solving is what distinguishes a truly effective professional.

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Speaking Engagements

August 24, 2018

Charles Marshall Speaks on Data Privacy At CFO Roundtable

Brooks Pierce partner Charles Marshall spoke at the quarterly CFO Roundtable sponsored by Parker & Lynch, DMJ Accounting and Scott Insurance in High Point on Aug. 16. In his presentation, entitled “Data Privacy—A Legal Assessment,” Marshall discussed the importance of collaboration between a...Read more

Recognitions

The 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 55 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Seven Brooks Pierce practice areas and 21 of the firm’s attorneys are ranked among the best in...(read more)
Thirty-eight Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 edition of North Carolina...(read more)
The 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 54 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Thirty-eight Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2017 edition of North Carolina...(read more)
The 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 50 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Thirty-six Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2016 edition of North Carolina Super...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 26 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2015...(read more)
The 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 48 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Thirty-six Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of North Carolina Super...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 27 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2014...(read more)
Brooks Pierce recently recognized the firm’s attorneys who made significant contributions to pro...(read more)
The 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© recognized 46 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Business North Carolina magazine publishes annually the “Legal Elite,” lawyers throughout the state...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 39 lawyers, representing 46% of the firm’s attorneys,...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 46 lawyers were...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 45 lawyers,...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2012 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 38 lawyers, representing 43% of the firm’s attorneys,...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 34 lawyers,...(read more)
The Best Lawyers in America Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2009 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Nine Brooks Pierce attorneys were selected by their peers to North Carolina's Legal Elite 2009 ,...(read more)
Eighteen Brooks Pierce Attorneys Named as North Carolina Super Lawyers Brooks, Pierce, McLendon,...(read more)

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