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George "Jerry" J. Oliver

George "Jerry" J. Oliver


T (919) 755-8710
F (919) 755-8800

Jerry Oliver has been engaged in the practice of labor and employment law for more than thirty years. He is a partner in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Raleigh office.

Mr. Oliver is engaged in counseling and representing employers in all aspects of employment law, including litigation before state and federal courts and agencies in the areas of federal and state EEOC laws, FMLA and ADA matters, wage and hour issues, personnel practices, wrongful discharge, and safety matters under OSHA.  His practice has a heavy emphasis on proactive counseling to assist employers in avoiding litigation and solving labor-related problems.

Mr. Oliver has represented private and public sector employers throughout the United States in union avoidance campaigns under both the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act.  He has extensive experience in representation disputes and has assisted in decertifying unions under these Acts.  He has also represented employers in collective bargaining negotiations and arbitration matters, in court as well as before the National Labor Relations Board and the National Mediation Board.

He is experienced in representing clients with unionized workforce and takes a proactive approach in assisting companies in managing to the contract to maintain control, protect management rights, and promote stability in the company/union relationship.

In representing clients under the Railway Labor Act, Mr. Oliver has assisted some of the largest employers in both the railway and airline industries.  In National Mediation Board matters, he has, on numerous occasions, assisted carriers in major disputes.  He has also practiced before area Boards of Adjustment.

Mr. Oliver has a vast body of work involving management counseling for health care providers, as well as covenants not to compete and senior leadership counseling of hospitals, substance abuse providers, and physician practices. He has defended union campaigns in health care workplaces, and has provided counsel on alleged behavior and harassment claims against independent physicians on a medical staff. 

While employed with the N.C. Attorneys General Office, Mr. Oliver was counsel to the N.C. Ports Authority.  He also represented the N.C. Department of Administration in property as well as in purchase and contract matters.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Employment Law-Management (2008-2012, 2014-2018), Labor Law-Management (2012, 2014-2018), Labor and Employment Litigation (2018)
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of North Carolina Leaders, Employment (2008-2018)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Labor and Employment (2006-2018)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Labor and Employment (2013-2015)
  • America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals (2006-2007)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • Listed in Business North Carolina's Legal Elite Hall of Fame, Labor and Employment Law (2003)

* 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.



  • Military, U.S. Air Force
Thought Leadership

Published Works

  • "Contingent Workers:  Avoiding the Legal Risk" – Triad Business News – September 20, 2002
  • "Responding To Post-Sept. 11 Bioterrorism Concerns" – March 22, 2002
  • "Responding To Post–September 11 Concerns" – Work Cite – October 2001
  • "Employment-at-Will Doctrine in North Carolina Substantially Eroded by State, Federal Statutes" – Triad Business News – October 19, 2001
  • "Discipline and Discharge of the Borderline Employee:  Tips on Dealing With a Difficult Problem" – October 24, 2001
  • "Are Unions Ready to Challenge Health Care Providers?" – May 5, 2000


  • Co-presenter, "Employment Law Overview: FMLA, ADA, and an Overview of Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws," CLE to Wake County Bar Association members on June 2, 2015
  • "Intermittent Leave Under FMLA – An Employer's Headache," Webinar presentation for Lorman Educational Services, March 19, 2013
  • "Administering the Family and Medical Leave Act in North Carolina," Lorman Educational Services, September 25, 2013
  • "NLRB Current Status and Initiatives and Best Hiring Practices," Central and Southern HR Forum in West Virginia, October 30, 2013


  • Campbell University, B.S., 1966
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1973
  • North Carolina, 1973
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995
  • United States Supreme Court, 1986
  • District of Columbia, 1984
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1978
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, N.C. Beautiful
  • Past Government Affairs Director, Raleigh-Wake Human Resources Management Association
  • Secretary, RWHRMA
  • Trustee, Energy Mineral Law Foundation
  • Past Chair, United Way of North Carolina
  • Board of Trustees, Triangle United Way
  • Past Chair, North Carolina Beautiful Steering Committee
  • Member of North Carolina and District of Columbia Bars
Military Service
  • U.S. Air Force

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