Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP
Jessi Thaller-Moran focuses her practice on employment law and litigation, counseling employers on compliance with state and federal laws. She also uses her experience in the North Carolina Business Court to develop strategies for clients embroiled in a wide range of complex business litigation disputes, helping clients to think creatively about opportunities for resolution and zealously advocating for their interests in court when the need arises.
Jessi seeks to help companies thrive by helping them plan for, and respond to, issues involving their workforce. She has advised companies on wage and hour issues, FMLA/ADA compliance, Title VII and other discrimination claims, non-competition and other agreements, and social media usage policies. She conducts employment policy reviews and training on workplace inclusivity. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jessi has devoted much of her time to counseling clients on appropriate responses, including federal paid leave laws and staffing adjustments made necessary by the pandemic such as transitioning to remote work and providing workplace accommodations for vulnerable individuals.
Jessi represents employers in all levels of state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies. She has litigated wage and hour disputes, claims for violations of major employment laws like Title VII and the ADA, and challenges to independent contractor classification. She also counsels clients through contentious pre-litigation disputes.
She brings her impressive experience with the North Carolina Business Court to bear for clients, developing thorough and assertive litigation strategies to handle a wide range of business disputes, including contracts, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, and trade secrets, among other issues.