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Charlotte C. Smith

Associate   |   Raleigh

Charlotte represents employers in all phases of employment-related disputes and litigation, assisting clients with a variety of issues and claims, including actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act, and Title VII.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Charlotte worked at a boutique law firm, where she focused her practice on complex collective and class action employment law and wage and hour disputes. While there, Charlotte also represented employees in individual claims against their employers, including before state and federal administrative agencies, such as the EEOC and North Carolina Division of Employment Security, and in state, federal, and appellate courts and private arbitrations before JAMS and the American Arbitration Association. After years of experience representing plaintiffs, Charlotte brings a unique point of view and skillset that she can now apply on behalf of employers facing or seeking to avoid similar claims.

A double Tar Heel, Charlotte received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina. Her accomplishments during school include interning with a Paris-based international arbitrator with whom she assisted overseeing the litigation and mediation of private corporate disputes for the International Chamber of Commerce, working for a District Attorney’s Office where she gained meaningful trial experience, and clerking at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. While in law school, Charlotte served as Managing Editor for the North Carolina Journal of International Law and was selected to be a member of the Craven Bench, for which her responsibilities included drafting the competition problem for the University Of North Carolina School Of Law’s annual Holderness Moot Court Craven Competition.

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