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Julianna Theall Earp

Julianna Theall Earp

Managing Partner

T (336) 378-5256/(704) 384-2656
F (336) 378-5400

Julie Theall Earp is Chair of the firm's Management Committee, a longstanding member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, and a member of the Labor & Employment Law team.  A litigator who concentrates her practice in labor and employment litigation, counseling, and training, Julie has handled employment matters in both federal and state courts, as well as before the EEOC and the state and federal Departments of Labor, for over 25 years.  Julie has a depth of knowledge in management counseling and litigation defense for health care providers including hospitals, substance abuse providers, long-term care facilities and physician practices. She also regularly represents clients in the transportation, education, manufacturing, hospitality and retail industries. Trained as a mediator as well as a litigator, Julie looks for strategic, cost-effective ways to resolve conflict. She enjoys the day-to-day counseling and problem-solving aspects of her practice and is a frequent speaker and trainer for employers and management groups.

Julie has been recognized by several business publications for her legal practice and leadership of the firm. In 2017, she was selected by the Triad Business Journal as a Most Admired CEO and by American City Business Journals’ Bizwomen as one of its 100 “Women to Watch” nationwide. Julie was also included in the Triad Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business list in 2016.

Julie has been ranked in Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in North Carolina Labor & Employment Law since 2006. She has been recognized by Law & Politics Magazine seven times as one of the "Top 50 Women" attorneys in North Carolina, and was voted Greensboro Best Lawyers Employment Law Management "Lawyer of the Year" in 2013, 2016-2018. She has served as chair of the Middle District of North Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. Julie assumed the role of Chair of the firm's Management Committee in April 2014.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Selected as one of "The Most Admired CEOs" by Triad Business Journal (2017)
  • Selected as one of 100 “Women to Watch” by BizWomen (2017)
  • Triad Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business (2016)
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of North Carolina Leaders, Employment (2006-2018)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Labor and Employment (2006-2018), and as one of the "Top 50 Women" attorneys in North Carolina (2006-2010, 2012, 2013)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Labor and Employment (2013-2015)
  • Named Greensboro Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year":
    • Employment Law – Management (2013, 2017)
    • Labor and Employment Litigation (2016)
    • Labor Law – Management (2018)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Labor and Employment Law, Litigation - Labor and Employment, listed more than 15 years
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Labor and Employment Law (2003-2006, 2008-2014)
  • BTI Client Service All-Star Team (2005)
  • Chair, Federal Bar Advisory Council (1999); President, Federal Bar Association MDNC Chapter (2014)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV")  Peer Review Rating *

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Thought Leadership


August 6, 2013
January 12, 2011
November 22, 2011
December 17, 2010
GINA Comes of Age, The Inside Perspective
May 24, 2010
Should We Mediate The Charge?, The Inside Perspective
December 2006
July 2006
All Hail E-Mail?, The Inside Perspective
February 2006
Wage Withholdings, The Inside Perspective
January 2006
July 2005
September 2004
January 2002

Published Works

  • "Employees' Leaves-of-Absence Can Frustrate Their Employers" - Triad Business News, October 25, 2002
  • "To Arbitrate or Not:  The Answer May Be at Waffle House" - Triad Business News, May 10, 2002
  • "Disability or Not?" - Work Cite, January 2002
  • "Employers Foolishly Ignore Risk of Workplace Violence" - The Business Journal, January 26, 2001
  • "Little White Lies And Discrimination Claims" - Work Cite, July 2000
  • "Prevention as Protection" – Triad Business News, December 3, 1999
  • "Employee Violence Can Spell Legal Trouble for Employer" - Triad Business News, July 16, 1999


  • "Preventive Medicine for Healthcare Employers in 2014 – Limiting Exposure to Wage & Hour Claims" (February 2014)(SML Webinar)
  • "Analysis of Recent Changes and Recurring Issues for Senior-Level HR Professionals" (October 3, 2013)(Human Resources Management Association of Greensboro)
  • "Wage and Hour Update" (August 15, 2013) (Human Resources Management Association of Greensboro)
  •  "The Obama EEOC and NLRB:  Changes for Employers" (June 25, 2013)( Human Resources Management Association of Greensboro)
  • "FMLA:  The First Score" (May 9, 2013)(Graham Personnel Services)
  • "Tweet, Snap & Link:  Maintaining Privacy and Professionalism in a Digital World" (April 16, 2013)(Greensboro Area Health Education Center)
  • "Interpersonal Interactions at Work – (What are the Boundaries)" (March 20, 2013)
  • "Non-Competes:  Is it Time for a New Approach?" (February 21, 2013)(Graham Personnel Services)
  • "The Affordable Care Act:  The Supreme Court and the Election" (October 4, 2012)(Graham Personnel Services)
  • "National Labor Relations Board  2012 Update:  The Board Steps up its Efforts to Change the Landscape" (September 20, 2012)(Graham Personnel Services)
  • Developments in Labor and Employment Law" (September 1, 2012)(NCTA Safety Council)
  • "Wage and Hour Issues in Healthcare" (September 22, 2011)(Graham Personnel Services)
  • "EDiscovery and Leave Issues:  Handling the Absent Employee" (August 26, 2011)
  • "Wage and Hour Law – Overview" (July 14, 2011)
  • Transportation Update – Employment – "GINA Comes of Age"(June 3, 2011) (SML)
  • "Retaliation Claims:  Does This Protected Class Eclipse All Others?" (March 31, 2011)(Graham Personnel Services)
  • "Managers on Trial" (March 22, 2011)(Alamance County Human Resources Association
  • "Genetics and Cybersecurity – Not Science Fiction Anymore" (March 2, 2011)(Association of Corporate Counsel, Charlotte Chapter)
  • "Managers on Trial – Johnson vs. American Furniture Company" (September 20, 2010)(Iredell County Human Resources Association)
  • "Employment Law From A to Z in North Carolina – Diversity Issues" (September 15, 2010)(Lorman Education Services)
  • "What Has Happened to the FMLA? and The 'New' ADA" (August 30, 2010)
  • "Diversity Initiatives" (May 4, 2010)(SuperHuman Resources – Triad HR Conference)
  • "Managers on Trial:  Johnson v American Furniture Company" (April 1, 2010)( Human Resources Management Association of Greensboro)
  • "Navigating the Laws for Effective Hiring, Discipline & Discharge" (March 11, 2010)(Graham Personnel Services)


  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1986
  • University of Georgia, B.B.A., Human Resources Management, summa cum laude, 1983
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Master, Guilford Inn of Court
  • Employment Law Practice Group, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Federal Bar Association, Middle District of North Carolina Chapter
  • North American Transportation Employee Relations Association
  • Women in Trucking

“Ms. Earp's exceptional mastery of employment law, leadership, and interpersonal communication skills are apparent in her appointment several years ago to managing partner.”

- Labor & Employment client, 2017


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