J. Allen Thomas

Of Counsel Raleigh

Allen works with companies of all sizes to help them understand their obligations as employers. Through regular consultation, Allen partners with employers to establish best practices and navigate issues involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, employee misclassification, and employee agreements and policies. Allen also defends employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge before federal courts, state courts, and administrative agencies.

A large portion of Allen’s practice involves litigating disputes involving non-compete agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other business related litigation. Allen has experience investigating and litigating multi-jurisdictional unfair competition and trade secret claims, and advises clients on strategies to protect their proprietary information.

Prior to joining Ogletree, Allen represented individuals and businesses at a regional civil litigation defense firm. In addition to labor and employment, he has experience handling construction litigation, creditor’s rights litigation, and commercial litigation.


Allen has managed and/or litigated employment issues for clients in many states across the country. The variety of issues he regularly handles includes:

  • Responding to and handling investigations by government agencies including the EEOC and NCDOL.
  • Drafting, enforcing, and defending restrictive agreements including non-competition and non-solicitation restrictions.
  • Investigating potential trade secret misappropriation and litigating both sides of trade secret claims.
  • Counseling clients on employment policies, employee classifications, wage and hour issues, terminations, and onboarding processes.
Published Cases:
  • Head v. Adams Farm Living, Inc., 242 N.C. App. 546, 775 S.E.2d 904 (2015).
  • Domtar AI, Inc. v. J.D. Irving, LTD, 43 F.Supp.3d 635 (E.D.N.C. 2014).

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Raleigh-Wake Human Resources Management Association
  • Wake County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board Member (2011 - 2017)
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network
    • Recruiting Committee Member (2011-2012)


  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''North Carolina’s New Independent Contractor Law: What Employers Need to Know'' - Raleigh - November 30, 2017
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Lunch-and-Learn - ''Restrictive Covenants and Unfair Competition Strategies for Interstate Businesses'' - Raleigh - September 20, 2017
  • Capital Associated Industries 2017 Labor and Employment Law Update - ''The Ultimate Exit Interview Checklist'' - Raleigh - May 24, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - '''Reel' Ethics II'' - Raleigh - January 11, 2017

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