Marc E. Gustafson

227 W Trade St, Suite 1800
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Marc E. Gustafson

Marc Gustafson has been litigating for 19 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 (2019-2020)

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 (2015-2020)

Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011-2014)

Super Lawyers Employment (2017, 2019)

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Attorney

Representative Experience

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


Thought Leadership

Is this an interview? Should lawyers interview with prospective clients? was published in NC Lawyers Weekly

Can Lawyers Be Good Samaritans? was published in the NCBarBlog

The Stages of a Lawyer's Vacation was published in the NCBarBlog

Slowing Down was published in the NCBarBlog

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