Marc Gustafson has been litigating for 17 years. He focuses his practice on litigation, employment law and mediation.
Marc advises clients on and drafts employment policies and handbooks, employment contracts, including non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality restrictions, independent contractor agreements and severance agreements. He also frequently counsels clients on a host of employment matters, including employment discriminatio›n, charges of wrongful termination, FMLA leave, reasonable accommodations under the ADA, and wage and hour law violations.
In the courtroom, Marc represents clients in state and federal courts in lawsuits involving race, gender and age discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage and hour claims, breach of contract, and non-compete enforcement. Marc practices in the state, federal and appellate courts situated in North Carolina and Georgia and regularly appears before the EEOC and the North Carolina Employment Security Commission.
Marc has represented shareholders, managers, executives and corporations in matters involving breaches of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, usurpation of corporate opportunities, breaches of contract and fraud. Marc has represented both employers and executives in internal investigations in matters involving mismanagement, insider trading, misconduct and accounting malpractice.
Marc sees his role as a counselor of law and works closely with his clients to develop a relationship that best represents their legal, financial, and personal interests.
Marc is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of North Carolina and Georgia. He has had articles published in NC Lawyers Weekly, Deal Lawyers, and the Charlotte Observer. He has also been featured by the Charlotte Business Journal, WSOC, nFocus magazine, and Charlotte Viewpoint. Marc is a Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Super Lawyers Rising Star, and Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated attorney.
Marc is also active in the community, serving on the Board of 24 Foundation and as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. In the past, Marc has served as the Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar, Labor and Employment Section, on the Board of the Arts and Science Council, as the Chair of the Public Art Commission, on the UNC Board of Visitors, the ASC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, the Boards of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Common Grounds Farm Stand, and the Spokes Group. Marc is an Eagle Scout.
Marc and his wife, Jane, have two young boys, Knox and William.
University of North Carolina (B.S., 1997)
Indiana University School of Law (J.D., 2001)
Bar & Court Admittance
State Courts of North Carolina
State Courts of Georgia
United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
United States District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina
United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
The Fourth Circuit
The Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court of the Northern District of Georgia
Professional & Community Activities
Board Member, 24 Foundation
Elder, First Presbyterian Church
Chair, Annual Fund Campaign Renaissance West Community Initiative
Chair, Labor and Employment Section, Mecklenburg County Bar Association
Chair, Public Art Commission, Arts and Science Council
UNC Board of Visitors
Board Member, ASC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
Board Member, McColl Center for Art + Innovation
Board Member, Common Grounds Farm Stand
Board Member, Spokes Group
Best Lawyers in America in employment law - individuals and litigation - labor and employment (2019)
U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Individuals (2018), Litigation – Labor and Employment (2018)
Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, Employment (2015-2019)
Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011-2014)
Super Lawyers Employment (2017, 2019)
Litigated contentious matter involving multi-state businesses over non-compete and duty of loyalty issues
Resolved non-compete restrictions in employment contract, permitting employee to continue to work in industry
Advised companies on a host of employment issues including termination of employees, employment contracts and wage and hour disputes
Negotiated sale of limited liability interest to remaining partners of successful medical practice
Represented employee pension fund in sale of one of the largest tracts of commercial real estate remaining in Uptown Charlotte
Five pieces of advice for new ASC president Robert Bush was published in The Charlotte Observer
Dangerous Use of Pronouns was published in the Charlotte VIEWPOINT
Everything I learned about being a lawyer I learned in retail was published in NC Lawyers Weekly
When the snark kicks in, cease and desist was published in NC Lawyers Weekly
A loser at the ballot box, but the experience made him a winner was published in NC Lawyers Weekly
Are you the lawyer you wanted to be wanted to be? was published by NC Lawyers Weekly
That advice sounds really good, maybe I was the one who gave it was published by NC Lawyers Weekly
Savoring the Good Times Can Breed More Success was published in NC Lawyers Weekly
Lawyers Operate in Different Universe from Clients was published in NC Lawyers Weekly
Telling Your Client’s Story was published in NC Lawyers Weekly
Pitching an Expedient White Lie can Create Lasting Skepticism was published in NC Lawyers Weekly