Gardner Skelton, PLLC

Firm Size

  • 11-20

Willing to Act as Local Counsel

  • Yes

At Gardner Skelton, we are more than just your legal counsel – we are an active part of your business team. Gardner Skelton partners with organizations of all kinds, from small start-ups to some of the region’s largest and most recognizable businesses. We have the professional credentials our sophisticated clients demand, coupled with a dedication to teamwork, service and value that is our firm’s hallmark.


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
    • Employment (HR, Discrimination, ERISA, Labor, Workers Comp, etc.)
    • Estate/Trust Law
    • Health and Healthcare Law
  • Tax/Tax Credits

Firm Bio

AREAS OF PRACTICE: Employment Law, Healthcare Law, Business Litigation, Corporate Compliance, Estate Planning, Mediation, Tax Disputes

OUR ATTORNEYS: Nicole Gardner, Heather Skelton, Jared Gardner, Fred Parker, Jerry Jernigan, Jocelyn Hoefling, Tyler Peacock, Erin Ball, Florence Thompson

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: Gardner Skelton attorneys represent a broad spectrum of companies, including manufacturers, banks, retail and restaurant chains, and independent medical practices. The firm also represents officers of national banks and publicly-traded companies, physicians, attorneys and other executives.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION: Gardner Skelton received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2019 edition of “Best Law Firms” for the practice area of Employment Law. Attorney Nicole Gardner was selected for Best Lawyers in America for 2014 – 2019, 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 2012-2019, and as one of the Top 50 Women North Carolina Super Lawyers since 2014. Attorney Jared Gardner was selected by Super Lawyers as a business litigation Super Lawyer in 2012 – 2019, and named to Business North Carolina’s 2016 – 2017 “Legal Elite.” Attorney Fred Parker was selected as a Rising Star for Super Lawyers in 2012 – 2014.

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