Employment Litigation & Counseling Team


Employment related matters have a high likelihood of disrupting an organization’s work environment, internal/external reputation, and profitability.  This fact makes effective defense counsel critical to the long-term success of an organization.  Attorneys overseeing these matters must have a unique combination of legal skills and tools to guide clients through the ever changing landscape of employment law.  The Employment Litigation and Counseling Team, which includes team leader and Certified Labor and Employment Specialist Debbie Brown,  have this broad range of skills and an established legal network to guide clients through any employment dispute or claim.  In addition to these skills, GWB attorneys provide full service value driven employment services with a focus on the client through exceptional service and communication.

Counseling to Avoid Litigation

GWB’s employment team understands that the best way for its clients to manage employment issues is to prevent the issues that lead to litigation. The team therefore provides counseling to individuals, small businesses, and corporations concerning a wide range of employment matters designed to avoid claims of discrimination and sexual harassment as well as to assure compliance with applicable federal and state laws regulating the employment relationship.  GWB offers a number of services related to document and contract review as well as counseling and training:

Agreements & Compliance

  • Federal and State Non-discrimination Compliance
    –  ADA
    –  Title VII
    –  Title IX
    –  ADEA
    –  NLRA
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Drug & Alcohol Testing Procedures
  • Employee Discipline and Terminations
  • Employment Handbooks
  • Family Medical Leave Compliance
  • Restrictive Covenant Agreements
    –  Non-Compete
    –  Non-Solicit
    –  Non-Disparagement
  • Acquisition, Licensing, and Management of Intellectual Property Assets
  • Trademark Searching, Registration, Licensing, and Related Services

Counseling & Training

  • Employee Handbook Review
  • Employment Alerts and Newsletters
  • Manager, Supervisor, and Staff Training
  • Policy Review
  • Sexual Harassment Training
  • Pay Practices Review


Not all litigation can be avoided. The firm therefore offers clients experienced, cost-effective litigation defense.  The firm’s attorneys have been repeatedly recognized by organizations such as Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation for their litigation experience and knowledge.  The team often handles audits, investigations, and litigation in the following areas:


  • Affirmative Action Audits by the OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs)
  • DOL Audits
  • Wage/Hour Audits

Investigations and Litigation

  • Department of Labor (DOL) Investigations
  • Employee Discrimination Claims, including EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and SCHAC (South Carolina Human Affairs Commission) Investigations
    Employee Benefit Claims
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Investigations
  • Harassment Claims
  • Injunction Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Trade Secret/Confidential Information Disputes
  • Whistleblower/Retaliation Litigation

GWB is committed to delivering top-quality cost-effective litigation defense.  The firm’s fee structures include the possibility of alternative fee arrangements that are designed to create the best fit for the clients the firm serves.


The firm has four offices in North Carolina and South Carolina, and has attorneys licensed in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas.  Attorneys regularly handle matters before the South Carolina state and federal courts, North Carolina state and federal courts, United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, and the South Carolina Court of Appeals. The firm has tried hundreds of complex cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout the Carolinas. Additionally, the Employment Litigation & Counseling Team have represented clients from a number of different industries including:

  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Commercial Transportation
  • Construction
  • Golf Courses
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Hotels
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Public Sector Employers
  • Railroads
  • Restaurants
  • Temporary Staffing Agencies

Employment law can be a very diverse practice area that often involves other areas of the law, like workers’ compensation, ERISA, and business and commercial litigation. GWB is one of the leading commercial and complex litigation defense firms in the Southeast. With 23 business and commercial practice areas, the firm is able to advise clients in all areas of the law. GWB attorneys have access to a wealth of knowledge and experience not readily available to firms that exclusively practice employment law, thus resulting in GWB meeting the needs of the firm’s clients more completely.

Team Members

Key Contacts

Deborah Casey Brown

Greenville, SC

James M. Dedman, IV

Charlotte, NC