Charlot F. Wood

336.714.4149
100 N Cherry St, Suite 600
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
cwood@belldavispitt.com
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Charlot F. Wood

Charlot’s practice encompasses litigation, as well as administrative & governmental law, primarily in the areas of employment law and construction law.

Charlot joined Bell, Davis & Pitt after graduating from Wake Forest University Law School in 1989.

Charlot’s practice focuses primarily on employment law, including:

  • Advising employers on policy and human resources matters
  • Helping employers develop and implement policies and employment decisions
  • Conducting investigations
  • Responding to inquiries and investigations from state and federal agencies
  • Representing employers in all types of employment litigation
  • Reviewing and drafting employment contracts for both employers and individuals 

In her general litigation practice, Charlot has handled a wide variety of matters, including construction litigation, product defect litigation, business disputes, and contract disputes.

Charlot is actively involved in her church and community, having served on numerous committees at Yadkinville United Methodist Church and on the board of managers of the Yadkin Family YMCA since 2009.

Originally from Galax, Virginia, Charlot moved to Winston-Salem at age 10 and she has lived in Forsyth and Yadkin counties since that time. After graduating from Meredith College in Raleigh in 1977, Charlot served as a social worker for 9 years. Her work with the legal system during those years heightened her interest in the law and solidified her decision to become a lawyer. She entered law school at Wake Forest when her son was 4 years old, and her daughter was born during her last semester in law school — perhaps not surprisingly, Charlot’s son now works at Wake Forest, and her daughter is in law school.

Education

Meredith College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1976)

Wake Forest University (J.D., magna cum laude, 1989); Research Editor, Law Review (1988-1989)

Bar & Court Admittance

1989, North Carolina

United States District Courts for the Middle, Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Professional & Community Activities

current

Forsyth County Bar Association

Litigation Section, Labor Law Section, Workers' Compensation Section, North Carolina Bar Association

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association

Board of managers, Yadkin Family YMCA

Member of the NC Dispute Resolution Commission

Past

Liaison –Workers' Compensation Section Council, Labor Law Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association

Chair, Vice-chair, Partner with Youth Co-chair, Yadkin Family YMCA

Missions Committee, Yadkinville United Methodist Church

Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Yadkinville United Methodist Church

Yadkinville Elementary School Advisory Board 

PTA President, Yadkinville Elementary School

Yadkin County Smart Start Partnership, Inc.

Awards

Business North Carolina magazine Legal Elite in Employment Law (2006, 2013-2018)

The Best Lawyers In America® in Commercial Litigation and Workers' Compensation and Employment Law (2008-2017)

North Carolina Super Lawyers (2007, 2011-2013)

AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Experience

Recently represented a multi-establishment employer with all phases of investigations by the US Department of Labor, including information gathering, coordinating communication with numerous investigators, and negotiating significant reduction in violations and payment amounts

Represented several employers in OSHA investigations, resulting in reduction or deletion of citations

Currently serve as employment law attorney for multiple clients who do not have in-house counsel, providing assistance with compliance, policies, employee relations, training, and disciplinary matters