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Shalanna L. Pirtle

Partner
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair
Charlotte | 704.335.6628
Atlanta | By Appointment Only
Fax | 704.334.4706
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Shalanna Pirtle represents management-side clients 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, 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. 

A trusted business advisor, Shalanna offers insightful guidance to clients 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 client. She has substantial experience in helping clients navigate workplace and cultural sensitivity issues.

She is chair of Parker Poe's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. In that role, she leads initiatives to improve the diversity and inclusion within the firm and the legal profession at large. That includes developing a pipeline for minority students interested in the legal profession and collaborating with local organizations who share her commitment to giving everyone a voice at the table.

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.
  • Counseled employers on reductions in force and compliance with the OWBPA and WARN Act.
  • Defended clients involved in multi-plaintiff and multi-defendant litigation and complex business/commercial contract litigation.
  • 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.

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Honors & Awards

  • 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

Memberships

  • Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Diversity Committee Chair
  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Charlotte Chapter, Legislative Committee, Chair, 2016-present, Member, 2013-present
  • Arrowood Business Association, 2016
  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Committee, 2014-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
  • 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 Bar Association, 2007-present