Meredith S. Jeffries

Meredith S. Jeffries | Alexander Ricks PLLC

T: 980.335.0715
F: 704.365.3676
meredith@alexanderricks.com

Meredith Jeffries is a Member of Alexander Ricks PLLC. Meredith has more than two decades of experience in the area of labor and employment law, and offers Alexander Ricks’ clients comprehensive transactional, counseling, training, and litigation services with respect to all aspects of the employer/employee relationship.

Prior to joining Alexander Ricks in 2015, Meredith practiced in the area of labor and employment law at a large regional firm and an AmLaw 100 national firm, and taught employment law and civil litigation courses at an accredited North Carolina law school.

Meredith and her husband John have three children. She is a member of and on the leadership team at Dilworth Church and an active volunteer in numerous charitable and civic organizations.

Representative Experience.

  • Representation of clients nationwide in class action and single-plaintiff litigation matters and administrative claims involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, retaliation, wage and hour disputes, restrictive covenants, and labor issues, with significant success in achieving favorable settlements and in securing dismissals and summary judgment without the risk and expense of trial.
  • Served as primary outside counsel on North Carolina employment law matters for world’s largest parcel delivery company.
  • Advising clients and drafting transaction documents to address a wide range of domestic and international personnel issues in major outsourcing transactions, mergers, acquisitions, asset sales and reductions in force, including negotiating and drafting all agreements and provisions related to a major financial institution’s $600M outsourcing of its IT functions, a major transportation company’s outsourcing of its managed voice and data networks, and a global manufacturing company’s $200M outsourcing of its IT functions.
  • Advising clients on employment and human resources strategies, policies and procedures, and drafting employment policies, personnel handbooks, contracts, and restrictive covenants to protect institutional trade secrets, confidential information, customer relationships, and other intellectual property and human capital.
  • Advising clients with respect to employee hiring, medical leaves, accommodations, discipline, and termination, including reductions in force and severance agreements.
  • Performing wage classification audits and assisting clients with proper designation of exempt employees, non-exempt employees and independent contractors; representing clients in Department of Labor investigations.
  • Preparing and presenting seminars and training materials for corporate management and human resources personnel on employment law issues, strategies and best practices.

Education and Admissions.

Meredith graduated from The University of Virginia School of Law in 1994, and from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia in 1990, with honors.  She is admitted to practice in all North Carolina state courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Civic and Professional Awards and Service.

  • Multi-year recognition in Business North Carolina magazine as one of the North Carolina Legal Elite  in the area of Employment Law
  • Recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as one of the “40 Under 40” Charlotte professionals “making major strides in their careers and impacting their communities” (2006).
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors (2008-2011), Chair of Social and Networking Committee (2012-2014), Program planner for multiple continuing legal education programs
  • Board of Directors and PTA Liaison for South Mecklenburg High School Innovation, Design, Engineering and the Arts Academy (2014-2015)
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools – service on numerous School Leadership Teams and PTAs, chair of Beverly Woods Elementary School SLT, room parent, and appointment to Superintendent’s Gifted Student Task Force
  • Service and leadership positions on numerous non-profit boards over twenty years in Charlotte (National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Charlotte Children’s Choir, Community Culinary School of Charlotte, Avondale Children’s Center)
  • Leadership and service in multiple capacities at Dilworth United Methodist Church (adult and youth Sunday School teacher, chair of Education and Enrichment Committee, vice-chair of Staff Parrish Committee, stewardship committee, VBS leader)

Representative Speaking Engagements, Media, and Publications.

  • “The San Bernandino Effect:  Responding to Rising Islamophobia in Your Workplace”, North Carolina Society for Human Resources Educational Seminar, February 2016
  • Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Law”, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, February 2016
  • The Heat Is On: Recent Developments in Wage and Hour Law”, North Carolina Society for Human Resources Management State Conference, September 2015
  • Program Planner, Mecklenburg County Bar Continuing Education Program, “Employment Law Update and Hot Topics” (full day program).  January 11, 2013
  • Ex-Zenta Worker Sues, Claims He Was Due Overtime Pay, Charlotte Business Journal, March 25, 2011 (interviewed and quoted in print media).
  • Program Planner, Mecklenburg County Bar Continuing Education Program, “Employment Law for the Non-Employment Lawyer” (half day program).  January 2011
  • Program Planner, Mecklenburg County Bar Continuing Education Program, “Hot Topics in Employment Litigation” (half day program).  January 2011
  • Meredith S. Jeffries, “Discerning the Supreme Court’s Intent in Ashcroft v. Iqbal and its Impact on Traditional Employment Discrimination Pleading Paradigms”.  Mecklenburg County Bar Association, January 2011 (speaker and paper presentation)
  • Charlotte Coke Bottler Settles Discrimination Case for $495,000, WFAE affiliate of NPR, October 8, 2010 (interviewed and featured on NPR interview, interviewed and quoted in online story)
  • Television interview regarding composition of United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and impact of appointment of Albert Diaz to the Fourth Circuit, WBTV, early 2010 (interviewed and featured in television piece and quoted in on-line media)
  • Discrimination Cases Not Black & White:  Lawsuit hits Billy Graham’s Charlotte Headquarters, Mecklenburg Times, September 11, 2009 (interviewed and quoted in print and online media)
  • Nucor Weighs Options in Racial Discrimination Suit, Mecklenburg Times, August 14, 2009 (interviewed and quoted in print and online media)
  • Bank of America Blunder, WBTV, January 25, 2009 (interviewed and featured in television piece and quoted in online media)
  • Is There Privacy on the Internet?  WBTV, November 14, 2008 (interviewed and featured in television piece and quoted in online media)