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Alexander L. Maultsby

Alexander L. Maultsby

Partner, Education Industry Leader

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Alex Maultsby is a partner and member of the firm's Labor and Employment Group, providing employment counseling and advising to clients across all of the firm’s industry groups.  In addition to state and federal court litigation in North Carolina, and in association with local counsel, Alex has handled or appeared in cases in South Carolina, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Georgia, Connecticut, and California courts involving a wide range of liability issues.

In his role as a counselor, Alex helps clients make management decisions with company-wide impact, as well as resolve complaints and issues affecting individual employees. He regularly advises clients on, among other things, how to comply with regulations, implement effective internal policies and procedures, address internal and external complaints, manage contentious personnel issues, and minimize litigation risks associated with difficult personnel decisions.  Clients also engage Alex to draft and litigate non-disclosure, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, as those contractual arrangements become a key business tool for minimizing loss when employees depart.  

In addition, Alex has experience representing clients with unionized workforces, having handled grievances alleging the breach of collective bargaining agreements, arbitrated disputes over union representation, defended and prosecuted charges before the National Labor Relations Board, been involved in strike negotiations and assisted in Union avoidance campaigns.

Alex is active in a number of civic and community activities. He served a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Communities in Schools of Greater Greensboro, worked on the Board of The Barnabas Network, serves on the Board of Goodwill Industries of Central Carolina, and counsels numerous non-profit organizations.  In addition, Alex has served on numerous committees of the North Carolina Bar Association, including as a member of the Labor and Employment Section Council.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Labor and Employment (Over 10 Consecutive Years)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Labor and Employment (2013-2015)
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of North Carolina Leaders, Labor & Employment (2015-2017)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Employment Law-Management  (2009-2019), Litigation-Labor & Employment (2012-2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Labor and Employment (2004, 2006-2012, 2014-2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, 2010

* 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


April 6, 2018
July 10, 2017
The Department of Labor Throws Out Guidance Documents, Transportation Industry Newsletter
April 12, 2017
February 27, 2017
January 4, 2017
July 1, 2016
May 19, 2016
May 17, 2011
January 11, 2011
January 2009
September 2008
April 2006
Alcohol Awareness at Work, The Inside Perspective
August 2004
Campus Counsel Summer 2004, Higher Education Newsletter
May 2004
Campus Counsel Spring 2004, Higher Education Newsletter
February 2004

Published Works

  • "A New Playing Field for the American with Disabilities Act—Plaintiffs Benefit from Changes Favoring Injured Employees and Those Who Need Leave," NCADA's The Resource, May 2014
  • "Tips for Handling an Employee's Return to Work After Illness or Injury" – IPMA-HR News, April 2004
  • "Keep Eyes on Young Employees to Avoid Legal Liabilities" – Triad Business News, August 23, 2002
  • "Lawsuits to Enforce Workers' Rights Decline in First Half of 2002" – Triad Business News, August 2, 2002
  • "How to Fire a Worker Without Getting Burned" – The Business Journal, February 16, 2001
  • "Promises During Prehire Negotiations Must Be Kept" – Triad Business News, January 19, 2001
  • "A Local Attempt at Union Inroads in the Healthcare Field" – Triad Business News, November 8, 2000
  • "Employment Discrimination Highlights ADA's First Decade" – Triad Business News, October 20, 2000
  • "Legal Questions Accompany Internet Background Checks" – Triad Business News, May 19, 2000
  • "'Exempt' and 'Nonexempt' Confusion Can Bring Legal Woes" – Triad Business News, October 15, 1999
  • "Today's Employee Often Tomorrow's Competitor" – The Business Journal, July 30, 1999


September 15, 2010


  • "The Department of Labor's Independent Contractor Audit Initiative," Graham Personnel Speaker Series, June 2010
  • Panelist - The Triad Business Journal's Health Care Reform Summit, May 27, 2010
  • "Protecting Your Business When Employees Leave," Society for Human Resources Management, Cabarrus County Chapter, March 3, 2010
  • "Current Issues in Non-Competition Law," Triad Compensation Group, February 2010
  • "Navigating the Laws for Effective Hiring, Firing and Discharge," Graham Personnel Speaker Series, October 2009
  • "Employment Law Update: Obama's First 100 Days," Sysco Food Services' Customer Seminar Series, May 2009
  • "Spring 2009: Lawmakers Are Busy Changing Your World," Graham Personnel Speaker Series, April 2009
  • "A Tangled Wed: The ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation," Plybon & Associates Client Seminar Series, November 2008
  • "Legal Issues When Employees Work From Remote Sites," Graham Personnel Speaker Series, September 2008
  • "The FMLA . . . Basics and Beyond," Alamance County Human Resources Association, September 2007
  • "Identity Theft Protection Laws in North Carolina," North Carolina Optometric Society, June 2007
  • "Selected Legal Issues Affecting Student Affairs Officers in 2004-05" – North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities, Annual Administrative Group Meetings, Meredith College, October 12, 2004
  • "Hiring and Firing:  Prepare to Avoid Litigation – or to Win!!" – June 2004
  • "When Your Students' Conduct Surprises Even You:  Legal Ramifications" – The Guilford Symposium, June 2004
  • "The ADA and Section 504:  A Primer for Accommodating and Responding to Students with Disabilities" – The Guilford Symposium, June 2004
  • "Conducting the Judicial Review:  How to Comply with the Law While Incorporating Campus Constituents" – The Guilford Symposium, June 2004
  • "Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" – May 2004
  • "Employment and Labor Law in North Carolina:  Discipline and Discharge" – February 2004


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1991
  • Davidson College, B.A., cum laude, 1987
  • North Carolina, 1991
  • United States Supreme Court, 2018

"Even though I've watched webinars and read white papers on the topics addressed, it's not until Alex [Maultsby] and Patti [Ramseur] shared their insights that I feel a confidence in my understanding of the key issues."

- Labor and Employment client, 2017


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