David Hawley’s practice focuses on providing employers with practical recommendations, advice, and counsel for effectively managing employment issues, particularly on the “prevention side” of employment claims and positioning problem employment situations for the best possible defense. He provides advice and counsel to human resources professionals and in-house counsel of clients on almost a daily basis. He has extensive experience in preparing termination, severance, and non-competition agreements and in preparing, editing, and revising employee policies and handbooks on a wide range of employment topics, including coordinating multi-state policy and handbook development. David also has substantial experience in assisting clients in planning and conducting reductions-in-force (RIFs) and multiple employee terminations, including evaluating issues and preparing materials relating to the WARN Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act.
In addition to the preventative side of practice, David also handles numerous claims or charges filed against employers with federal and state agencies involving anti-discrimination and employee leave laws. He has been involved in representing employers in litigation in federal and state courts regarding claims relating to discrimination and harassment, wage and hour issues, trade secrets, and non-competition agreements (including preparation of successful appellate materials to North Carolina’s appellate courts).
David also has helped revise the North Carolina Employers’ Desk Manual and has contributed to The Family and Medical Leave Act treatise of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law.
Prior to entering the practice of law, David worked extensively with corporate leaders, business executives, and legislative and government officials as the director of government relations for a national plastics industry trade association.
Personally, David is an active triathlete and competes in multiple events each year. He also spends an inordinate amount of time wrangling (or being wrangled by) his two Border Collies.