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Keith M. Weddington

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Keith Weddington has been representing employers for more than 25 years and has defended Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in a broad array of disputes with employees and former employees. Named a Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Charlotte four of the past five years in the areas of either Employment Law- Management or Litigation- Labor and Employment, he is a go-to attorney for clients’ most sensitive and potentially most high-profile employment disputes. Whether the case requires resolute and intensive litigation or delicate negotiations to achieve a favorable resolution, Keith provides results-oriented solutions to achieve clients’ objectives.  

In addition to defending employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, FMLA/ADA and ERISA matters, he brings his 25-plus years of experience to bear in advising employers on strategic employment practices, human resources policies and the continuum of employment compliance issues.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 0 Attorneys in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Representative Experience

Keith regularly advises and represents clients in employment law issues, including the following:

  • EEOC proceedings and defensive litigation in state and federal courts involving claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on race, gender, age, disability, national origin and religion
  • Advising, structuring and managing personnel actions such as hiring, evaluation, discipline and termination
  • ERISA denial of benefits litigation
  • Defense of wage and hour class actions and collective actions
  • Covenants not to compete, confidentiality agreements and protection of trade secrets
  • Wrongful discharge, breach of contract, bonus, compensation, infliction of emotional distress and other claims arising out of the employment relationship
  • Compliance and risk management counseling regarding FMLA, ADA, FLSA, state wage and hour matters, drug testing, internal investigations, workplace violence and reductions in force
  • Drafting employment, bonus, retention, noncompetition, secondment, relocation, severance and other agreements in the context of ongoing businesses, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and divestments
  • Won summary judgment on each of four claims involving a $40 million bonus compensation dispute by a former senior executive of a Fortune 500 company. The case involved extensive electronic discovery and a complex fact pattern that spanned a decade of events and compensation plans. 
  • Won a complete defense verdict in a jury trial of a sexual harassment, assault/battery and infliction of emotional distress lawsuit brought by a former employee against the employee’s supervising physician and the medical practice by which the plaintiff had been employed.
  • Engaged in a delicate balancing act of negotiation, investigation and arming for a full counterattack against an opportunistic plaintiff after receipt of a soon to be filed complaint making explosive sexual harassment allegations about a senior-level employee of a national company. Negotiated a delay in the filing of the complaint and structured a pre-litigation mediation conference to obtain a favorable settlement at a fraction of the plaintiff’s demand and also avoided inevitable adverse media coverage.
  • Won complete dismissal of a highly publicized lawsuit by a former employee who was suspended after reporting alleged improprieties and corporate risk issues to company executives. Plaintiff asserted claims related to his discharge and claimed that he had accepted a prior severance package under threat of termination and based on fraudulent representations, rendering it void. On appeal, the dismissal was affirmed.
  • Successfully defended a multi-state employer against claims of age discrimination by seven laid-off employees, who were among the oldest in the company. Following intensive investigation and a coordinated exchange of data that avoided prolonged and expensive discovery, we demonstrated objective performance and profitability-based justifications for their selections and obtained a less than cost of defense settlement via early mediation.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law – Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2011-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” Charlotte, NC,  Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2015, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” Charlotte, NC, Employment Law - Management, 2013, 2016
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Employment Law: Mainly Defendant, 2004-2006, and Labor & Employment Law, 2007-2017
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers in Employment & Labor, 2006-2017, Employment Litigation: Defense, 2006-2013
  • Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite" in Employment Law, 2005-2006, 2008-2009, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Employment & Labor; Litigation; ERISA Litigation; Class Action Defense
  • Phi Beta Kappa