Overview

Chuck has more than three decades of experience representing employers in collective bargaining and other matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act and other federal labor and employment laws. He has defended cases involving allegations of bad faith bargaining, unlawful unilateral changes, refusals to furnish information, unfair labor practice strikes, discriminatory discharges, Weingarten violations, protected concerted activity, coercive threats and interrogations, and backpay/compliance issues. Chuck has obtained injunctions against unions, as well as the NLRB, and has defended Section 10(j) injunction requests by the NLRB.  He also has successfully litigated cases in federal court under sections 301 and 303 of the NLRA.

Chuck has argued cases before numerous courts of appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court. He has sued unions for defamation, trespass, and strike violence. He advises and assists employers in union representation matters, arbitration proceedings, all aspects of collective bargaining, and in complying with state and federal employment laws.

 Before joining Constangy in 1999, Chuck was an attorney with the law firm of Haynsworth, Baldwin, Johnson and Greaves.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America© (2012-2018)
  • Martindale-Hubble Distinguished® 

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

About Me

Chuck is married and has two daughters, one recently adopted from Armenia. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, weight lifting, and reading in his spare time.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “If I am not unique, I am but one of thousands of faceless labor attorneys. My uniqueness, I believe, stems not only from having represented companies for more than 35 before the National Labor Relations Board and the federal courts of appeals, but from having spent every one of those years being a dedicated student of the National Labor Relations Act in all of its intricacies and nuances. I pride myself on being able to quickly grasp problems, analyze issues, and arrive at solutions in a legal field where many can see the obvious, but few can find that which is buried or hidden.”
  • Chuck Roberts, Labor Lawyer

Practice Emphasis

  • Representation of Employers in Unfair Labor Practice and Representation Proceedings Before NLRB and Federal Courts
  • Advising Employers Regarding Collective Bargaining, Strikes, Successorship Issues, Union Campaigns, and Other Issues Under National Labor Relations Act
  • Complex Labor Litigation (Trial and Appellate) in State and Federal Courts
  • Defending Employers in Arbitration Proceedings
  • Defense of Employment Claims in State and Federal Courts

Education

University of North Carolina

  • MBA, 1979; J.D., 1979
  • Order of Coif
  • North Carolina Law Review

North Carolina State University

  • B.S., Textile Technology with high honors, 1975 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1979
  • South Carolina, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 1985
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1985
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 1986
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, 1985
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