Patti West Ramseur

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Patti Ramseur is a partner and currently serves as the leader of the firm's labor and employment practice group. She also serves as the leader of civil litigation group for the firm's Greensboro office. She is well-versed in a full range of counseling and litigation for employers. 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 the Workers' Compensation Act. She also has experience with 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.  In addition to employment counseling and litigation, Patti handles cases involving claims of medical malpractice, torts, and contractual disputes.

Patti is active in a number of civic and community activities.  She volunteers with the Women's Resource Center of Greensboro and has been active with The Carolina Theatre by serving on its Personnel Committee.  Patti has also served in numerous roles through the North Carolina Bar Association and led the bar association's statewide Young Lawyers Division in 2008-09.


Education

  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1999
  • B.S., magna cum laude, North Carolina State University, 1996

Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2002
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2009
  • North Carolina, 1999
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2000
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2002
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2001

Academic Honors

  • Wake Forest Moot Court Board, Member
  • CALI Award, Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure
  • ATLA National Trial Team, Member

Achievements

  • Robinson O. Everett Professionalism Award from the North Carolina Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division (2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Labor and Employment (2011, 2014), Rising Stars Edition (2011), and as one of the "Top 50 Women" attorneys in North Carolina (2014)   
  • 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)
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of North Carolina Leaders, Employment (2013, 2014), Up-and-Coming list (2014)   
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Young Guns (2010), Employment (2013, 2014)
  • 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.

Professional Memberships

  • 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
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court (1997-1999; 2001-2003)
  • Guilford Inn of Court (2003-present)

Experience

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

Publications

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • "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
  • "Preventative Medicine for Healthcare Employers in 2014 – Limiting Exposure to Wage & Hour Claims," February 26, 2014
  •  "Effective Workplace Investigations," June 19, 2014, and February 27, 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
  • "Lawmakers are Busy Changing Your World," April 23, 2009
  • "Whatever Happened to the ADA?" Alamance County Human Resources Association, March 24, 2009
  • "The Legal Process:  An Orientation," Alamance County Human Resources Association, March 24, 2009
  • "Telecommuting 101:  The Basics for a Successful Program," September 18, 2008
  • "Employment Law Overview: Harassment, Retaliation, and Union Avoidance," July 25, 2008
  • "Legal Update: Retaliation, ADA, and FMLA," June 24, 2008
  • "Using Lawyers Effectively," April 10, 2008
  • "Nuts and Bolts of Contracting," April 10, 2008
    "Changes in the FMLA," April 3, 2008
  • "Practicing Effective Employee Discipline," March 6, 2008
  • "Employment Law for North Carolina HR Professionals," Alamance County Human Resources Association, September 25, 2007
  • "EEO-1 Reports and Document Retention," August 30, 2007
  • "N.C. Identity Theft Protection Act," May 31, 2007
  • "Women In Law for Women in Business - Employee Discipline and Discharge," May 9, 2007 and December 1, 2005
  • "Sarbanes-Oxley and Other Whistle-Blowers," April 10, 2007
  • "FMLA and Beyond: An Advanced Look at Managing Employee Leave," January 18, 2007
  • "N.C. Identity Theft Protection Act"
    • Burke County Chamber of Commerce and Western Piedmont Community College, June 21, 2006 
    • Randolph Community College, June 6, 2006 
    • Cabarrus Co. Human Resources Association, April 14, 2006
  • "Drug Testing," April 6, 2006
  • "FMLA & Beyond," October 4, 2005
  • "Ask-The-Attorney" roundtable, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, May 12, 2005
  • "How to Handle the Absent Employee," April 29, 2005 and February 19, 2004
  • "Workers' Compensation Dilemmas - ADA, FMLA & Workers' Compensation Issues," Piedmont Associated Industries, June 30, 2004
  • "Union Avoidance," May 4, 2004