Bill Cary provides employment law counsel to avoid conflict and to guide employers through difficult transitions, whether systemic or specific. He also has extensive experience in litigation and mediation, especially in employment and environmental disputes.
Bill has over 40 years of experience counseling employers through difficult employment decisions while complying with the plethora of employment related laws. He has extensive experience in employment contracting issues, including non-competition and non-solicitation drafting and litigation, and employment practices audits. Bill also has planning and litigation experience in FLSA executive compliance issues.
Having previously served as general counsel of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Bill has a comprehensive understanding of the agency’s methods, practices, procedures and personnel. He has extensive experience in compliance planning and litigation, especially CWA issues and emerging coastal management practices.
Bill is a graduate of the state mediator program and has extensive experience in using non-traditional techniques to solve complex problems, including conducting hundreds of private mediations.
Bill is experienced in a wide variety of litigation and arbitration areas, including construction, environmental, real property, and contract disputes.
Recognized as a "Labor and Employment Star" by Benchmark Litigation (2021)
Pelican Award for Leadership and Commitment to Advancing Effective Coastal Policy, North Carolina Coastal Federation, August 2019
Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Labor & Employment Law (2004-2011, 2017-2018)
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Labor and Employment Litigation, Employment Law - Management, and Labor Law - Management (Greensboro Lawyer of the Year 2015, 2019) (1995-2021)
Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" in Employment Law (2003, 2006, 2009, 2012-2014)
Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers in Employment & Labor Law (2006-2012, 2014-2020)
Member, North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society (2019)
Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition in Employment & Labor Law (2015)
Environmental Leadership Award, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, December 2012
Chair (2007-2009); Vice Chair (2003-2007); Board Member (1999-2003), NC School of Science and Mathematics
Board Member, Piedmont Triad, National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ) (2002-2006)
Council Member, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2013-present)
Master of Ceremonies, North Carolina Coastal Resilience Summit, Havelock, North Carolina, June 2019
Co-author (with Sarah Saint), "Supreme Court Approves Arbitration Agreement Class Action Bar," GGI Labour and Employment Law Newsletter, Fall 2018
Co-author (with Bryan Starrett and Beth Langley), “If You Have Employees Who Live or Work in Massachusetts, You Need to Relearn Non-Competes Right Now,” GGI Insider, September 2018
Presenter, "Professionalism: A More Effective Way to Prevent Harassment and Promote a Positive Workplace Culture," WithIt Professional Conference, Charleston, SC, June 2018
Co-presenter (with Jessi Thaller-Moran), "Workplace Sexual Harassment: Still Alive & Kicking," UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning, February 2018
Author, Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities, DRAFT REPORT, 2014, Restore America’s Estuaries
Presenter, "The Latest Court Decisions and Regulatory Developments Involving Discrimination, Wrongful Discharge, Retaliation, and Related Subjects," November 2008
Author, The Kolstad Umbrella Can Keep Employers Dry, 2006 Law Journal, Business North Carolina
After 35 years as a private practice lawyer, in which I litigated in a wide variety of courts and agencies as well as counseled a broad spectrum of clients, from manufacturers (domestic and foreign) to banks to restaurants, I took almost a year “off” to work as a state government employee (General Counsel of the N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources) in what turned out to be an eye opening and enriching experience. The job was fascinating—covering all aspects of a typical general counsel position of an entity with nearly 4,000 employees and more than 15 departments (contracting, employment, litigation), plus the wonderful world of state and federal financing and politics. But more interesting was seeing the agency up close. I was truly impressed with the overall dedication, knowledge and cooperative spirit of the career employees. It was a privilege to try to help them, and I see the public sector in an entirely new light. Try it sometime.