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Shalanna L. Pirtle

Chief Talent, Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Charlotte | 704.335.6628
Atlanta | By Appointment Only
Fax | 704.334.4706

Shalanna Pirtle is Parker Poe’s executive overseeing all aspects of talent management, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She sets the strategic vision and oversees implementation of the firm’s efforts related to DEI, professional development, and recruiting and retention. She also cultivates strategic partnerships with organizations and individuals outside the firm to help further DEI in the legal profession and the broader community.

In addition, Shalanna is a trusted mediator and employment attorney. Certified as a mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, Shalanna mediates disputes of varying subject matters at the state and federal levels, both before and during litigation. She has deep experience identifying key areas of dispute, building bridges to better understanding between parties, and helping them find common ground.

Shalanna also represents employers in all industries and aspects of the employment relationship. An analytical counselor with intuitive problem-solving skills, she concentrates her practice in the areas of employment counseling, internal investigations, and litigation. She is admitted to practice before the state courts of North Carolina and Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina and the Northern District of Georgia.

Shalanna regularly defends employers in litigation under all of the state and federal anti-discrimination laws, as well as employment contract disputes, wrongful discharge claims, and wage and hour issues. She also represents clients in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the North Carolina Departments of Labor and Commerce.

Shalanna offers insightful guidance to organizations making critical decisions that impact both employee relations and legal risk management. She is highly regarded for her innate ability to develop cost-effective solutions that are tailored to fit the needs of each organization. She has substantial experience in helping clients navigate workplace and cultural sensitivity issues.

Prior to joining Parker Poe, Shalanna worked for several years as a corporate trainer for one of the largest international dining restaurant companies.

Representative Experience

  • Represented employers in issues arising under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, FLSA, FMLA, USERRA, and the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act.
  • Counseled clients on wrongful discharge, retaliation, violation of state public policy, breach of contract, breach of covenants not to compete, infliction of emotional distress, and other claims arising out of the employment relationship.
  • Advised clients on sexual harassment claims.
  • Conducted workplace and higher education institution investigations in response to claims of hostile environment, harassment, discrimination, and unfair treatment.
  • Defended clients involved in multi-plaintiff and multi-defendant litigation and complex business/commercial contract litigation.
  • Counseled employers on reductions in force and compliance with the OWBPA and the WARN Act.
  • Drafted and reviewed covenants not to compete, confidentiality agreements, and protection of trade secrets and other proprietary information.
  • Drafted and reviewed employment agreements.
  • Advised employers on day-to-day personnel actions such as hiring, evaluations, discipline, and termination.
  • Counseled clients on human resources management training and various employer policies, including preparing and revising employee handbooks.
  • Conducted training on equal employment law concepts, implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, wage and hour issues, and leadership best practices. 

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Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Charlotte for Labor and Employment Litigation, 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment Litigation and Employment Law: Management, 2021-2024
  • Charlotte Business Journal's Power 100, 2023
  • Savoy magazine's Most Influential Black Lawyers, 2022
  • Career Mastered magazine Women’s Leadership Diversity IMPACT 50 List, 2022
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-2017
  • The Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women, 2017
  • Charlotte ATHENA Leadership Award Honoree, 2017
  • Order of the Barristers


  • Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, General Counsel, 2023-present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Board of Directors, 2015-2018; Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2012-2015; Co-Chair, Bench Bar and Community Sub-Committee, 2014-2015
  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Charlotte Chapter, Legislative Committee, Chair, 2016-2020, Member, 2013-present
  • Arrowood Business Association, 2016
  • Leadership Charlotte Class 33, Alumni Committee, 2014-2015
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Coordinator, Law Week Western Regional Moot Court Competition, 2008-2012
  • KIPP Charlotte Charter School, Board of Directors, 2008-2012; Vice-Chair, 2010-2011; Chair, Human Resources Committee, 2009-2011; Chair, Grievance Committee, 2008-2011
  • Stratford-Richardson YMCA, Secretary, Financial Outreach Action Development Team, 2010-2011
  • John S. Leary Association of Black Attorneys, 2007-present