Our Team

Michelle Gessner, NC MediatorMichelle Gessner

One of the few practicing female attorneys in the Charlotte, North Carolina area who has both Big Law and Big Company experience, Michelle possesses a deep understanding not always found in every lawyer when it comes to delicate cases such as sexual harassment and gender pay inequality, as well as the many challenges companies and employees face dealing with wage and hour issues. Being the first in a blue collar single parent family to achieve a college degree, Michelle’s appreciation for hard-working employees as well as entrepreneurs who put their heart and soul into their businesses gives her an altruistic perspective and purpose when she provides counsel, litigation and/or advocacy services for her clients.

Practicing law since 1999, Michelle relies on decades of legal experience to provide knowledgeable and responsive guidance as well as creative solutions on even the most challenging of employment issues.

We appreciate that labor and employment law calls for more than just a one-size- fits-all approach. The issues involved are often highly fact-specific, complex, and sensitive. Michelle’s experience with discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, wrongful termination, harassment, breach of contract, and related claims uniquely qualifies her to serve as a Mediator in employment law cases.

Michelle has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies across the country.

 


 

Meredith Jeffries, MediatorMeredith Jeffries

Meredith has practiced employment law in Charlotte since graduating from the University of Virginia in 1994. She brings to the mediation table a unique skill set garnered from her diverse practice experience. She has represented employers of all sizes, including the fifth largest employer in the United States as the Charlotte practice group leader of an AmLaw 100 firm, start-up companies with less than a dozen employees at the boutique firm where she is now a partner, and employers of all sizes in between. Meredith also has voluntarily represented numerous employees in successful mediations through the Western District of North Carolina’s Pro Se Settlement Assistance Project.

Meredith has significant experience both litigating, settling, and mediating issues of employment discrimination, disability law, employment law, non-competition and other restrictive covenants, human resources matters, wage and hour law, labor law, and all aspects of the employer/employee relationship, and has been recognized multiple times by Business North Carolina as amongst the Legal Elite in the area of Employment Law.