Robert A. Sar

Office Managing Shareholder || Raleigh

Bob assists employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistle-blowers, wage and hour, class and collective actions, non-competition and non-disclosure covenants, leaves of absence, employment agreements and policies, union labor matters, and workplace safety. He represents diverse industries including higher education, retail, financial, healthcare, pharmaceutical, professional services, hospitality, manufacturing, sales, software and technology. Bob has extensive experience litigating employment matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States and believes his success results from being available 24/7 to clients and being ready, willing and able to take client’s cases to trial. Bob began working before he was 16 years old, developing a practical and results oriented “real world” approach to resolving complex issues.

Bob is the Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Raleigh office. He serves as the firm’s relationship shareholder for numerous firm clients and donates his efforts to many different organizations. Bob is the former Vice-Chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority, a member of the Campbell Law School Board of Visitors, a member of the North Carolina Bar’s Administration of Justice Committee, and Chairman of The Conference Table (a hospitality industry group).

Learn more about Robert A. Sar

Bob has managed and/or handled labor and employment issues for clients in many states across the country. The variety of issues Bob has handled for clients run the full spectrum including:

  • Hundreds of employment litigation and general litigation matters.
  • Trade secrets and unfair competition.
  • Whistle-blower allegations including complex alleged financial impropriety.
  • Title IX, OCR, tenure, promotion and other student litigation in higher education.
  • Domestic and international workplace investigations.


  • J.D., cum laude, Campbell University, 1995
  • B.S., Business Finance, Wake Forest University, 1990

Admittance to Practice

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association (Labor Section Council (2002-2010); Administration of Justice committee (2009-current)
  • Chairman, Conference Table (2010-current)
  • Campbell Law School Board of Visitors (2012-current)
  • National Association of Corporate Directors
  • North Carolina State Ports Authority (Former Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, 2013-2018)
  • The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (Board of Directors, 2006-2014)
  • Wake Country Convention Center Task Force (2003)
  • Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Board of Directors, 1996-2002)
  • City of Raleigh Arts Grant Committee (1996-1999)


  • Association of Corporate Counsel Lunch-and-Learn - "New Year, New Rules - What to Watch Out for in 2017" - Greensboro - April 12, 2017
  • Capital Associated Industries 2016 Labor and Employment Law Update - "Perils of the Digital Employee" - Raleigh - May 19, 2016
  • Capital Associated Industries 2016 Labor and Employment Law Update - "Headline News – the latest developments in federal and state laws" - Raleigh - May 18, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies - "Please Release Me" - Chicago - May 4 - 7, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Confidentiality Agreements in the Crosshairs: No Safe Harbor" - Phoenix - November 12, 2015
  • Capital Associated Industries 2015 Labor and Employment Law Update - "Eye on Employment law – the latest developments in federal and state laws”, “Traversing the Wage and Hour Quicksand – Misclassification Hazards Associated with Interns, Volunteers, Independent Contractors and Other Contingent Workers”, “EEOC Pattern and Practice Update" - Raleigh - May 13 - 14, 2015
  • Triangle ACC Chapter - "Strategies for Defending EEOC Systemic and Complex Charges of Discrimination" - Raleigh - February 4, 2015
  • Triangle ACC Chapter - "Avoiding Misappropriation of Trade Secret Claims" - Raleigh - January 15, 2014
  • City of Raleigh Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities Annual ADA Employer Workshop - "Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act: The Initial Returns" - Raleigh - July 18, 2012
  • NC Bar Association Annual Meeting - "Labor and Employment Law Update" - Asheville - June 24, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Making The Best Hiring Decisions With The Help Of Technology" - Chicago - May 13, 2011
  • Private Client Seminar - "5 Things Every CFO Should Know" - Raleigh - April 1, 2011
  • NC Bar Association Annual Review Meeting - "What’s Hot and What’s Not in Labor and Employment Law" - Greensboro - October 8, 2010
  • NC Bar Association Annual Meeting - "What’s Hot and What’s Not in Labor and Employment Law" - Wilmington - June 25, 2010
  • CPAmerica webinar - "How Employee Blogs, Social Networks, Virtual Worlds, Texting and the Use of PDAs Impact Employment Laws" - June 10, 2010
  • Private Client Seminar - "The Second Wave of FMLA" - Greensboro - May 20, 2010
  • Private Client Seminar - "The Second Wave of FMLA" - Durham - May 19, 2010
  • Capital Associated Industries - "Employment Issues Through the Eyes of a Juror" - Raleigh - May 12, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Accommodations Galore – USERRA" - Las Vegas - May 5, 2010
  • NC Bar Association Annual Meeting - "Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes to Labor and Employment Law" - Asheville - June 26, 2009
  • Lee County Industrial Managers Association - "EFCA – A Strategy for Employers" - Sanford - May 20, 2009
  • Capital Associated Industries - "Protecting Your Business Assets" - Raleigh - May 13, 2009
  • November 30, 2016 - The News & Observer - "Some Triangle workers seeing changes to OT pay despite judge’s ruling"
  • November 29, 2016 - Triangle Business Journal - "Triangle lawyers stay busy amid uncertainties of overtime rule"
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge

Insights by Robert A. Sar