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Stacy K. Wood

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Stacy Wood practices in the Employment & Labor group and has been defending employers and educational institutions successfully for more than 25 years, with a focus on discrimination, harassment, and ERISA litigation. As a solution-oriented and pragmatic adviser, she is a problem solver for manufacturing businesses and service providers of all sizes, in addition to private colleges, universities, and K-12 schools throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.

Stacy works with clients in a partnership offering guidance and a practical approach to achieving their goals in a timely and cost-effective manner. She enables her clients to focus on running their businesses while managing their legal issues, whether it involves counseling through a sensitive FMLA/ADA situation, drafting an underperforming executive’s termination agreement, or defending against a volatile sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stacy was a gymnast on a four-year athletic scholarship, a GTE Academic All-American, and the recipient of a NCAA postgraduate scholarship. She continues her athleticism by running marathons across the United States.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Parker Poe Attorneys named Top 50 Women Lawyers in NC by Super Lawyers 2014
  • 0 Attorneys in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Representative Experience

  • Represented employers in administrative proceedings and litigation in North Carolina and South Carolina state and federal courts in a range of matters that include:
    • Claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on age, race, gender, disability, religion, and national origin. 
    • Denial of benefit and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits under ERISA.
    • Wrongful discharge, retaliation, breach of contract, infliction of emotional distress, and other state law claims arising out of the employment relationship.
    • ADA and FMLA counseling and compliance.
    • FLSA and state wage and hour claims, including compliance reviews, audits, employee exemption determinations, and litigation.
    • Transactional employment matters, including preparation of employment contracts, restrictive covenants, employee handbooks and employment policies, executive separation agreements, and employment issues relating to reductions in force.
    • Employment and other legal issues, including Title IX compliance, that are unique to public and private colleges, universities, and K-12 schools.
  • Secured a favorable ruling from an OSHA administrative law judge following a four-day trial on an issue with broad policy, operational and cost implications for a company’s nationwide service operations.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 100 company in a North Carolina federal court lawsuit alleging Title VII race and religious discrimination claims.
  • Successfully represented a large investment management company in the negotiation and settlement of a federal lawsuit alleging ADEA violations and FMLA interference and retaliation.
  • Obtained dismissal of a sexual harassment, infliction of emotional distress, and wrongful discharge claim in a North Carolina federal court against a manufacturing company and its president.

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Honors & Awards

  • Business North Carolina magazine's "Legal Elite" in Employment Law, 2008, 2015, 2016
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Arbitration, Employment Law: Management, Labor Law: Management, and Labor and Employment Litigation, 2011-2018
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Labor & Employment Law, 2010-2017
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers in Employment & Labor, 2012-2017; Top 50 Female Lawyers, 2013, 2017
  • Charlotte Business Journal's 40 Under 40, 2005
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Employment & Labor; Litigation; ERISA Litigation; Educational Institutions
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Memberships

  • Hornets' Nest Council of the Girl Scouts of America, Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management, Lake Norman Chapter (LKNHR), Board of Directors