Overview

William represents employers in a broad range of litigation involving covenants not to compete and misappropriation of trade secrets, employee fraud and embezzlement, whistleblower matters, employment discrimination, wage and hour issues, employment tax disputes (including allegations of independent contractor misclassification), and employee benefit disputes under ERISA. In an era when very few cases actually go to trial, William nonetheless has significant trial experience, having represented clients in bench and jury trials in state and federal courts, including the United States Tax Court. He also routinely counsels management on all aspects of labor and employment law with an eye towards compliance and avoiding litigation in the first place, including advising employers on the their obligations under the federal and state WARN Acts.

In his noncompete/trade secret practice, William assists employers with obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctions to stop former employees who are in violation of their restrictive covenants. He also defends employers (and their newly recruited employees) against unenforceable noncompetes and unfounded allegations of trade secret misappropriation. A substantial portion of his practice in this area is also dedicated to assisting employers with drafting enforceable noncompete/nonsolicitation agreements and advising management on the intricacies of the various states’ laws in this area.

William maintains a substantial employment discrimination practice, both at the administrative agency level before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Labor (DOL) and in federal and state court. He has successfully defended employers against single and multi plaintiff cases involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and the North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA), among others. William has also represented public employers in First Amendment freedom of speech retaliation actions.

In 2010, William began serving as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, where he teaches Employee Benefits & Pension Law. He also serves as a Summer Bar Prep Coach at Elon University School of Law.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Emerging Legal Leader Finalist, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly (2010)
  • Legal Elite, North Carolina (2018)
  • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina "Young Guns" category of best attorneys under age 40 (2008)
  • Rising Star, North Carolina Super Lawyers® (2009-2018)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section; Forum on Sports and Entertainment Industries
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section; Sports and Entertainment Law Section
  • Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, Personnel Committee Member
  • Piedmont Pacers Track Club
  • The Kirk – Greensboro, NC

About Me

Bill loves spending time with his wife, Amy, and daughters, Carolyn and Julie. He is a serious runner, continuing to compete in all events ranging from sprints to ultra marathons. Bill is also an avid fan of Major League and Minor League Baseball.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Sports: Doping Allegations Trail Nike Oregon Project,” Labor and Employment Law – American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Vol. 44, No. 1), Fall 2015 
  • “Sports: JustinGatlin: Drug Testing, the ADA, and Olympic Redemption,” Labor and Employment Law - American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Vol. 41, No. 2), Winter 2013
  • “Sports: In the NBA Lockout, Labor Board Charges, and Litigation,” Labor and Employment Law - American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Vol. 39, No. 4), Summer 2011
  • “Sports: The Litigation Manuevers Behind the NFL Labor Dispute,” Labor and Employment Law - American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Vol. 39, No. 3), Spring 2011
  • “Sports: Cyclist Sues Team Officials Under False Claims Act,” Labor and Employment Law - American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Vol. 39, No. 1), Fall 2010
  • “Motions in Limine - Employment Law Trial Tactics,” The DRI Defense Library Series, January 2010
  • “Sports: State Statute Trumps NFL’s Collectively Bargained Drug Policy,” Labor and Employment Law – American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Vol. 38, No. 3), Spring 2010
  • “Sports: Baseball’s DNA Testing: Fraud Prevention or GINA Violation?,”Labor and Employment Law – American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Vol. 38, No. 1), Fall 2009
  • “Oliver v. NCAA: Court Knocks Down “No Agent” Rule,” Sports & Entertainment – North Carolina Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Law Section Newsletter, November 2009
  • “Out of State, Out of Luck: Sawyer v. Market America, Inc. and the Application of the N.C. Wage and Hour Act to Non-Residents,” Labor & Employment – North Carolina Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter, September 2009
  • “The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in the Workplace,” PEO Insider, February 2009
  • “Be Careful What You Ask For: Choosing Whether to Arbitrate After HallStreet Associates, L.L.C. v. Mattel, Inc.,” The LitigatorNorth Carolina Bar Association Litigation Section Newsletter, February 2009

Mr. McMahon regularly presents at seminars on employment law topics. Recent examples include presentations to the following organizations:

  • Community Associations Institute (CAI)
  • Lorman Education Services
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • The Employers Association (TEA)
  • The HR Group
  • Triad Compensation Association
  • “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
  • Paul, 1 Corinthians 9:24

Practice Emphasis

  • Employment Discrimination Litigation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Covenants Not to Compete/Trade Secrets
  • Employee Fraud & Embezzlement
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Employment Taxes
  • WARN Act Compliance

Education

Wake Forest University School of Law

  • J.D., cum laude, 2005
  • Order of the Coif
  • James F. Hoge Scholar
  • Wake Forest Law Review, Staff Member (2003-2005)
  • ATLA Trial Team, Member (2003-2005)
  • Moot Court Board (2003-2005)

State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo

  • B.S., Accounting, summa cum laude, 2002
  • Minor in Philosophy 
  • NYSSCPA Outstanding Senior Award

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
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