Constangy attorneys Ken Carlson, Nia Doaks, John Doyle, Bill McMahon, Rodrigo Pocasangre, Robin Shea, Kristine Sims and Jill Stricklin will participate in a mock trial at the Alamance County Human Resources Association Seminar on Sept. 27. Sims will also provide attendees with federal and state employment law updates.

Carlson is a senior litigator, mediator and arbitrator whose practice is concentrated in virtually every aspect of employment law. Specific areas of emphasis include discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge; trade secret and unfair competition; drafting employment, confidentiality and noncompetition agreements; wage & hour; and ERISA litigation – with mediation or arbitration in each of those areas constituting most of his practice.

Doaks has experience counseling businesses on employment law issues under federal and state law and representing clients in litigation and proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition to her employment law practice, prior to joining Constangy, Doaks oversaw a business immigration practice and counseled employers on immigration law issues as well as filed immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions.

Doyle has represented employers in all aspects of labor and employment law matters and is a frequent writer and lecturer on various labor and employment law subjects. He is also an experienced litigator, defending employers in federal and state courts throughout the U.S. and before numerous administrative agencies.

McMahon represents and defends plan sponsors and employee benefit plans in connection with claims for denial of benefits, breach of fiduciary duty, and other miscellaneous relief under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). He is Co-Chair of Constangy’s ERISA Litigation Practice Group and also teaches Employee Benefits & Pension Law (a course he created) at Wake Forest University School of Law, where he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law since 2010.

Pocasangre has a well-rounded knowledge base because he has practiced in several different practice areas such as criminal defense, general litigation, and employment law. He has experience in multiple courts including trial level state and federal courts and he has also appeared before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Shea has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act; and class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage-hour laws; and labor relations.

Sims is the head of the Winston-Salem office with experience involving every aspect of the employment relationship. She has been involved in complex litigation involving class action issues, the FLSA, all aspects of Title VII, retaliatory discharge, and state law claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, infliction of emotional distress, and covenants not to compete.

Stricklin is an experienced employment law counselor, litigator and appellate advocate. She helps clients prevent and defend employment-related claims. Stricklin represents employers in proceedings before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

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