Julie Adams serves as the Managing Partner for FordHarrison's Charlotte office and concentrates her legal practice on the representation of management in labor and employment law matters.

She represents employers in the retail, hospitality, technology, manufacturing and healthcare industries, among others. This representation has included providing advice and counsel on discrimination and harassment suits on the basis of age, race, national origin, gender, and disability, leave issues, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and retaliation claims. As such, she is well-versed in matters arising under Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, and various North Carolina state employment laws.

Julie has represented clients in state and federal courts, and has handled administrative charges before state and federal administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the North Carolina Department of Labor, the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. She is also adept at counseling employers to reduce the risk of potential litigation and provides advice on the business and legal ramifications of day-to-day employment decisions.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Julie was an attorney at a large multi-national labor and employment law boutique firm and was a contributing member to the firm's EEO, Retail, and Corporate Compliance practice groups.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained numerous dismissals and summary judgment for national clients in cases involving Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and various state and federal anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws.
  • Defended large national retail company in a case tried to a jury in federal court involving claims of race discrimination and a requested seven-figure award by the plaintiff.
  • Provides interactive employment law and anti-harassment training for her clients, which include retail, hospitality, and manufacturing companies.
Honors & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America - Litigation - Labor and Employment (2018 - 2022), Employment Law - Management (2021-2022)
  • "Legal Elite in Employment Law," Business North Carolina (2013, 2019)
  • "North Carolina Super Lawyers," Super Lawyers Magazine (2017-2021)
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