Overview

Jon’s practice includes providing advice and counsel to employers on compliance with federal and state employment laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and wage and hour laws. He also assists federal contractors with affirmative action planning and compliance.

Jon has successfully represented employers in a wide variety of employment related lawsuits and charges brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the United States and North Carolina Departments of Labor, and before state and federal courts in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also successfully defended whistleblower charges before OSHA and before Administrative Law Judges of the United States Department of Labor.

Before joining Constangy, Jon was a partner with Edwards, Ballard, Bishop, Sturm, Clark & Keim, P.A.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Chambers USA (2012-2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America© (2011-2018)
  • Martindale-Hubble AV Preeminent®
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite (2013)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2012-2017)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Law
  • Western North Carolina Human Resources Association, President-Elect
  • Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, Board of Directors
  • Project Challenge North Carolina, Inc., President of the Board
  • Reuter Family YMCA, Committee of Management Member
  • Zebulon B. Vance Debate Society

About Me

Jon enjoys spending time with his three children, Anna, Sara and Avery, playing golf and soccer and cheering for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

News & Analysis

Client Presentations & Firm Publications

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “The Regulation Triangle - ADA, FMLA, and Workman's Comp,” presented to Western Carolina University, August 2017
  • “Presidential Developments: What’s on The Horizon for Employment Law?,” presented at Western Carolina University Workshop, June 2017
  • “Changing Interpretations of LGBT Discrimination,” ACC Docket
  • “Mock Sexual Harassment Trial,” presented at North Carolina SHRM Convention
  • “Understanding the Unconventional,” SHRM Online
  • Don’t Trip on the Tarmac: Special I-9 Issue,” The Hotline
  • Exactly What Is “Retaliation?,” ARSA Online
  • Contributor for North Carolina Employment Law, Lexis Law Publishing
  • Contributor for Human Resources Kit for Dummies, by Max Messmer
  • Frequent Presenter for Lorman Education Services and the Council on Education in Management.

Blogs & Videos

  • “Why aren't you signed up for the 401K? I'd never be able to run that far.”   
  • Dilbert

Practice Emphasis

  • Employment counseling and litigation, affirmative action planning and compliance, wage and hour compliance and litigation

Education

University of Louisville

  • J.D., 1994
  • Managing Editor - Journal of Law and Education

Wake Forest University

  • B.A., History, 1989 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1994
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Courts for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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