Patti West Ramseur

Partner, Labor and Employment Leader

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Overview

Patti Ramseur is a partner and serves as the leader of the firm's labor and employment practice group.  Well-versed in a full range of counseling and litigation for employers, she knows and zealously represents her clients.  Before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, Patti represents employers for claims under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, the FLSA, the REDA, the Sarbanes Oxley Act, and AIR-21. She also has experience litigating and arbitrating cases involving claims of sexual harassment, intentional/negligent infliction of emotional distress, wrongful discharge, wage and hour disputes, unemployment compensation, contractual disputes, covenants not to compete, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Patti routinely advises clients on compliance with federal and state employment laws and reviews handbooks and policies for compliance with the same.

Achievements
  • Robinson O. Everett Professionalism Award from the North Carolina Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division (2012)
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of North Carolina Leaders, Employment (2013-2015), Up-and-Coming list (2014)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Labor and Employment (2011, 2014, 2015), Rising Stars Edition (2011), and as one of the "Top 50 Women" attorneys in North Carolina (2014, 2015)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers Business Edition list, Labor and Employment (2013, 2014)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Employment Law-Management (2014, 2015)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Young Guns (2010), Employment (2013-2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • Triad Business Journal's 40 Under 40 (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.

Experience

Experience

  • Clerkship, Judge Ralph A. Walker, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 1999-2000
Thought Leadership

Publications

April 21, 2015
July 2, 2013
November 22, 2011
March 3, 2010
He's Not My Employee! Or Is He?, The Inside Perspective
January 2007
March 2006
Religion In The Workplace, theinsideperspective.com
November 2005
May 2005
Beware the Blogger, theinsideperspective.com
December 2004

Published Works

Events

September 15, 2010

Presentations

  • "FMLA, ADA, and Worker’s Comp, the Bermuda Triangle of Leave Administration," Triad Benefits Association, March 10, 2015
  • "Data Security Breach:  The New Third Certainty of Life," Association of Corporate Counsel – Charlotte, February 4, 2015
  • "Effective Workplace Investigations," HR Association of Greater High Point, November 12, 2014
  • "Analysis of Recent Changes and Recurring Issues for Senior-Level HR Professionals," HRMAG Legal Update, Greensboro, NC, October 3, 2013 and October 2, 2014
  • "Legal Update on the ADA: Summer May be Over, But the Heat of Summers v. Altarum Institute Remains," The HR Group, Inc., September 2014
  • Co-Presenter, "Managing the Attorney-Client Relationship for Associates," NCBA Professionalism for New Attorneys CLE, May 21, 2014 and October 24, 2014
  • Co-presenter, "HR Academy: Effective Employee Investigations," Greensboro, NC, August 21, 2014, and High Point, February 27, 2014
  • "Preventative Medicine for Healthcare Employers in 2014 – Limiting Exposure to Wage & Hour Claims," February 26, 2014
  • "Effective Workplace Investigations," June 19, 2014
  • "Analysis of Recent Changes and Recurring Issues for Senior-Level HR Professionals," HRMAG Legal Update, Greensboro, NC, October 3, 2013
  • Co-presenter, "Best Hiring Practices," 2013 Joint HR Legal Conference with ACHRA and HRMAG, Greensboro, NC, August 15, 2013
  • "The Newly Assertive EEOC and NLRB: Making Summer Waves in Your Workplace," June 28, 2012
  • "North Carolina's New Unemployment Compensation Laws, " December 8, 2011
  • "Wage & Hour Issues in Healthcare," September 22, 2011
  • "E-Discovery and Leave Issues: Handling the Absent Employee," August 26, 2011
  • "Identity Theft and Cybersecurity," Triad Chapter of the American Payroll Association, May 12, 2011
  • "Retaliation: The Claim That Eclipses All Others," March 31, 2011
  • "Managers On Trial - Dissection of Mock Trial Involving an ADEA Claim," Alamance County Human Resources Association, March 22, 2010
  • "The Law of Employment Contracts," September 15, 2010
  • "Legal Risks and Problem Employees," September 15, 2010
  • "Protecting Your Business with Solid Contracts," September 9, 2010
  • "Seeking Immediate Relief: Preliminary Injunctions & TROs," Association of Corporate Counsel, September 1, 2010
  • "The Independent Contractor -- Does the DOL Bell Toll for You?," June 17, 2010
  • "Retaliation Claims: Does this Protected Class Eclipse All Others?," NC Society for Human Resource Management, May 4, 2010
  • "Managers on Trial: Johnson v. American Furniture Company," Human Resource Management Association of Greensboro, April 1, 2010
  • "Navigating the Laws for Effective Hiring, Discipline & Discharge," March 11, 2010
News

News

Community

Patti is active in a number of civic and community activities.  She enjoys coaching youth basketball at the Spears YMCA and has coached one or more teams each season since 2010.  Patti also enjoys teaching a children’s Sunday School class at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, which she has done along with her husband since 2011.  From 2011-13, Patti served a 2-year term on the Staff Parish Relations Committee for her church.  Patti also volunteers with the Women's Resource Center of Greensboro and has served in numerous leadership roles through the North Carolina Bar Association.

Education
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • North Carolina State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1996
Admissions
  • North Carolina, 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2002
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2009
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2002
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2000
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2001
Affiliations
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, Member (2014-2017)
    • Audit & Finance Committee (2014-2017)
    • Leadership Academy, Co-Chair (2013-present)
    • Young Lawyer Initiatives Task Force, Chair (2010-2012)
    • Young Lawyer Division, Immediate Past Chair (2009-10), Chair (2008-09), Chair-Elect (2007-08), Secretary (2006-07)
    • Citizen Lawyer Task Force (2006—2009)
    • Nominations Committee (2009-2010)
    • Litigation Section, Chair of Membership Committee (2009-2010)
    • Workers' Compensation Section, Council Member (2009-2012)
    • Strategic Planning & Emerging Trends Committee (2009-2010)
  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • Guilford Inn of Court (2003-present)
  • Member, Human Resource Management Association of Greensboro (HRMAG)
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Academic Honors
  • Wake Forest Moot Court Board, Member
  • CALI Award, Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure
  • ATLA National Trial Team, Member
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