Beth Langley has over 25 years of experience counseling employers of all sizes in a wide range of employment law issues. She has represented businesses in employment litigation in matters involving civil rights, non-competition agreements, and trade secret protection.
Beth provides advice and counsel to employers on a wide range of employment law issues, including workplace employment compliance, executive compensation, trade secret protection, and employment agreements, including non-competition agreements. She also counsels clients on discrimination and harassment issues related to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. She has been recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers in Employment & Labor Law (2009-2020), Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Employment Law (2004-2020), and The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation and Employment Law - Management.
Beth has over 25 years of experience representing businesses in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She defends clients in litigation involving employment discrimination and harassment claims, trade secret misappropriation claims, shareholder disputes, professional malpractice claims, and complex business matters. A DRC certified mediator, Beth is also well-versed in alternative dispute resolution strategies.
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Recognized in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly's "Leaders in the Law" (2020)
Recognized by Triad Business Journal as an Outstanding Women in Business honoree (2017)
Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers in Employment & Labor Law (2009-2021), Top 50 Women Attorneys (2012-2013, 2019)
Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Labor and Employment and Employment Law-Management (2014-2021)
Recognized by her peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Employment Law (2004-2021)
Named one of North Carolina Lawyer's Weekly "Women of Justice" (2019)
Recognized as a "Labor and Employment Star" by Benchmark Litigation (2020-2021)
Member, North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society (2019)
NCDRC Certified Mediator – Superior Court
Chair, Nominations Committee, North Carolina Bar Association (2020-2021)
Member, Board of Governors, North Carolina Bar Association (2018-present)
Member, Board of Trustees, North Carolina Bar Foundation (2018-present)
Committee Chair (2014-2017), Member (2010-present), North Carolina Bar Association Development Committee
Member, United Way of Greater Greensboro Human Resources Committee (2010-present)
Member, North Carolina Bar Association Administration of Justice Committee (2010-2014)
Member, Degrees Matter! (2013-2018)
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Guilford County Bar Association
Wake Forest University School of Law Board of Visitors (2007-2012)
Magistrate Judge Selection Panel, US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (2011)
Staff Parish Relations Committee (2009-2012), Board of Trustees (2007-2009), Christ United Methodist Church
Chair, Labor & Employment Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association (2002)
Bethany Community Middle School, Board of Directors (2001-2003)
Co-presenter (with Jessi Thaller-Moran), "
Co-presenter (with Jessi Thaller-Moran), "Maintaining Business Operations Under COVID-19 and Ongoing Workplace Regulations," Recycling Association of North Carolina, Aug. 26, 2020 and Guilford Medical and Dental Managers Association, Sept. 16, 2020
Presenter, "Considering COVID-19 Alongside Ongoing Workplace Regulations," Guilford Merchants Association’s “Teach Me Tuesday” webinar, July 28, 2020
Co-author (with Sarah Saint), "High Court Clarifies Federal Worker Standard for Liability in ADEA Claims," April 8, 2020
Author, "Here's How to Keep the Grinch Away From Your Office Holiday Party," published by The Triad Business Journal, Dec. 11, 2019
Co-author (with Sarah Saint), "New Paid Leave Laws Require Employers to Change Practices," GGI Labour and Employment Law Newsletter, Fall 2019
Co-presenter (with Adam Tarleton and Sue Young), "What CEOs Need to Know Now from an Outside General Counsel," Business NC CEO Summit, Pinehurst, NC, April 2019
Co-author (with Camden Betz, Joey Ponzi, and Adam Tarleton), Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery FAQ, September 21, 2018
Co-author (with Bryan Starrett and Bill Cary), “If You Have Employees Who Live or Work in Massachusetts, You Need to Relearn Non-Competes Right Now,” GGI Insider, September 2018
Growing up in a family business, I've always been interested in the needs and challenges of business owners. Before law school, I worked in management with Life of Georgia in Atlanta. Through that work, I realized that my love for business could intertwine with my love for solving complex problems. As a loyal Demon Deacon, I found my way to Wake Forest University for law school. After winning my First Year Moot Court Competition, which took place before three NC Supreme Court Justices, I found my true passions lie in the courtroom.
I am committed to seeking out the most positive outcomes for my clients. I love strategizing and advocating for my clients, whether in or out of the courtroom. I’ve had the honor of working with many of my clients for most of my legal career.
When I’m not in the office, my husband and our two sons spend as much time as possible on the water. Whether it’s a lake or the North Carolina Outer Banks, it’s always a great time to be on the water.
My favorite virtue -- patience (I wish I had more)
I became a lawyer because…I was fascinated by the legal side of business.
My chief characteristic -- Determination
What I appreciate the most in my friends - Their genuine kindness
My main fault -- too many to list
One surprising thing people don’t know about me is… I adopted my son, Wes, from Vietnam as a single mom.
My occupation if I weren't a lawyer -- stock broker
Where I'd most like to live -- the NC Outer Banks
My idea of happiness -- A day on the water with my husband, the boys and our boat-loving dog.
What legal work most excites me -- the end of a case when a client is smiling.
My greatest ambition -- to argue a case before SCOTUS. I have briefed cases before SCOTUS, but never argued.
My favorite prose authors - Kaye Gibbons; Emily Bronte
The natural talent I'd like to be gifted with - I wish I had visual artistic talent.
My motto -- Keep on the sunny side
What I admire most about my clients -- they are extraordinarily smart, gracious business people who strive to be fair to their employees.
I understand others think I am… a horrible driver.
My favorite characters in fiction -- Ruby, Cold Mountain
I grew up…with loving, supportive parents who encouraged me to take education seriously, taught me the importance of a work ethic, and encouraged my legal career at every stage.
My favorite activity away from work -- spending time with my family. Family game night is the best. The Uno competition is fierce.
The best thing about Brooks Pierce -- I have been most impressed with the culture, and how genuinely nice everyone is.
My heroes in real life -- My mom, who was a working mom way before it was cool; the many friends who were my support and safety net during the years I practiced law as a single mom.
My legacy -- TBD