Angela Cummings has successfully represented employers in all aspects of employment law for almost two decades.

She litigates federal and state court cases arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other federal and state employment laws.

Angela is at home in both state and federal courts in North Carolina, in arbitrations, and in front of state and federal administrative agencies (including EEOC, USDOL and NCDOL). She also has experience litigating class and collective actions, including wage and hour cases, as well as experience handling EEOC systemic investigations and Commissioner charges. In addition to her litigation experience, Angela counsels employers on strategies for avoiding litigation. She knows her clients, and their industries, inside and out so that she is able to provide practical and meaningful advice. She has successfully represented employers in jury and bench trials and has been instrumental in shaping favorable employer-side case law through reported decisions. Angela also possesses significant experience training Human Resources professionals, managers and employees with respect to legal compliance. She also frequently writes articles on employment law topics for a variety of news and legal publications.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Angela was a partner at a large multinational labor and employment law firm.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict in a hotly contested race discrimination jury trial in federal court.

  • Achieved great results in several EEOC systemic investigations involving criminal background checks, including No Cause dismissals and favorable settlements.

  • Acquired numerous summary judgments in North Carolina on behalf of her clients.

  • Obtained multiple Fourth Circuit affirmations of complete Rule 12 dismissals in discrimination and retaliation cases.

Honors & Awards
  • Elected Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2010

  • "Legal Elite in Employment Law," Business North Carolina, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2017

  • "North Carolina Rising Stars," Super Lawyers magazine, 2012

  • "Women Extraordinaire Award," Business Leaders Media, 2009

  • "40 under 40," Charlotte Business Journal, 2010

  • 2018 Women Worth Watching," Profiles in Diversity Journal magazine