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Patricia T. Bartis

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For more than 20 years, Patti Bartis has defended employers facing discrimination claims. She has handled cases arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Sarbanes-Oxley and state wage and hour laws. Patti has defended cases in both state and federal court in at least 14 states. She has extensive experience representing employers in the health care and life sciences industries.

In addition to representing employers in court and before enforcement agencies, she advises on all aspects of employment law compliance, including the interpretation and application of the ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and state wage and hour laws. 

Patti also has extensive experience drafting, negotiating and litigating noncompetition agreements.

Before entering law school, she completed the Financial Management Program at General Electric and worked in GE’s aircraft engine operations in Lynn, Massachusetts, and Paris, France.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained favorable determination from Department of Labor in Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower action based on alleged accounting improprieties.
  • Successfully defended numerous trade secret misappropriation lawsuits by securing denials of motions for temporary restraining orders (TROs) and preliminary injunctions.
  • Regularly counsels employers on how to reduce risk when conducting reductions in force.
  • Conducts EEOC-compliant anti-harassment and supervisory training.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law: Management, 2018
  • Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite" in Employment Law, 2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers in Employment & Labor, 2012-2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Employment & Labor; Litigation; Public Transit
  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Memberships

  • Alexander YMCA, Board of Advisors
  • Marbles Kids Museum, Board of Directors (Chair, 2013-2014; Vice Chair, 2012-2013; Personnel Committee Chair, 2011-2012)
  • Contemporary Art Foundation, Board of Directors, 2010-2012
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Member
  • Wake County Young Lawyers Division, Executive Counsel, 1997-1998