Gardner Skelton, PLLC


  • WBE

Firm Size

  • 20-50

Willing to Act as Local Counsel

  • Yes

Gardner Skelton is a Charlotte, NC-based law firm serving businesses of all sizes, including Fortune 500s, nonprofits, and independent medical practices. Our clients rely on us for smart legal strategies and support as an extension of their team. Since day one, we’ve been committed to providing exceptional service and incredible value. We’re passionate about delivering the highest level of legal counsel and cultivating deep, long-lasting relationships with our clients.


Charlotte, NC

505 East Boulevard

Person of contact: Nicole Gardner

Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Labor & Employment
    • Compliance
    • Drafting Employee Handbooks / Policies / Documents
    • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
    • Investigations - Internal/Agency
    • Leave and Pay Acts (e.g. FLSA / FMLA / Service Contracts Act / Davis Bacon Act / Walsh-Healey)
    • Litigation
    • Regulators/Regulations (e.g. DOL, NLRB, OFCCP, OSHA, OWBPA, SOX,)
    • Trade Secret
  • Litigation/Trials
    • Construction
    • Employment (HR, Discrimination, ERISA, Labor, Workers Comp, etc.)
    • Estate/Trust Law
    • Health and Healthcare Law
  • Tax/Tax Credits

Firm Bio

AREAS OF PRACTICE: Employment, Healthcare, Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Corporate Counsel, Mediation, Tax

OUR ATTORNEYS: Nicole Gardner, Heather Skelton, Jared Gardner, Fred Parker, Mark Pincus, Jon Carroll, Adam Galat, Jocelyn Hoefling, Kris Finlon, Bruce Kennedy, Nicole Haynes, Kathryn Cox, Bella Thoren, Richard Rosario.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: Gardner Skelton represents local, national and international clients ranging from publicly traded companies to individual business owners.  Our clients include Fortune 500s, manufacturers, banks, retail and restaurant chains, start-ups, nonprofit organizations, and independent medical practices. The firm also represents a range of professionals, including officers of national banks, physicians, attorneys, and other executives.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION: Gardner Skelton has received a Tier 1 ranking in the “Best Law Firms” editions since 2019 for the practice area of Employment Law. Attorney Nicole Gardner was selected for Best Lawyers in America for 2014 – present and has also been named as one of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite since 2010. In 2015, Nicole received the most votes as N.C.’s top employment lawyer, thus entering her permanently into Legal Elite’s “Hall of Fame.” In addition to being selected to Best Lawyers in America and Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, she was also selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2010 and 2011, a Super Lawyer from 2012 – present and as one of the Top 50 Women North Carolina Super Lawyers since 2014. Attorney Heather Skelton was selected by Super Lawyers as a healthcare Super Lawyer in 2024. Attorney Jared Gardner has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, was selected by Super Lawyers as a business litigation Super Lawyer in 2012 – present and named to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite from 2016 – 2017, 2021 to present.  Attorney Mark Pincus was selected as a New York Metro Rising Star from 2014 to 2021 and a New York Metro Super Lawyer from 2022 to present. Attorney Jon Carroll was selected as a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012 to 2019, by Super Lawyers as a commercial litigation Super Lawyer from 2021 to present and selected for North Carolina Best Lawyers from 2021 to present.  Attorney Kris Finlon was named as a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2014 and 2015 and a Super Lawyer in 2019 to present. Attorney Nicole Haynes was named as a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2018-2021, 2023. In addition, she was selected for North Carolina Best Lawyers from 2021 to present and one of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite from 2022 to present.

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