Danae Woodward has spent her legal career practicing labor and employment law, both as a litigator representing employees and as an in-house attorney for large, publicly traded companies. She has experience representing companies, local governments, labor unions, and individuals in all aspects of employment and compensation matters. She began her legal career as an employment litigator in Austin, Texas, before moving to Baltimore, Maryland, where she represented individuals and labor unions. In 1998, Danae and her husband moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she spent the next 12 years practicing as an in-house counsel for multi-national companies and in local government.

Danae now practices employment law in her Charlotte-based firm, Woodward & Woodward PLLC, where she represents employers and helps executives and professionals negotiate employment, compensation, and exit packages. Danae has been trained as a collaborative attorney since 2016, and is a founding member, and sits on the board of the North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association.

While Danae is deeply committed to the full range of her legal practice, she especially enjoys her work as a mediator and facilitator, which leverages all of her legal and interpersonal skills. Danae’s experience as an in-house attorney and advocate for both employers and employees allows her to understand and build trust among diverse parties, helping them untangle and resolve disputes. Danae is a North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Superior Court Mediator and currently mediates employment cases virtually and in person throughout the United States. Danae is a frequent speaker on employment law, mediation, and collaborative topics.

  • B.A. University of Texas at Austin, 1988
  • J.D. Emory University School of Law, 1991
  • Court Admissions
  • North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland (inactive)
  • Supreme Court of Texas (inactive)
  • Legal Employment
  • Woodward & Woodward PLLC, 2006 – Present
  • NC DRC Certified Superior Court Mediator, 2006 – Present
  • Trained Civil Collaborative Lawyer, 2016 – Present
  • Trainer/Speaker, 1998 – Present
  • Investigator, 1998 – Present
  • Mecklenburg County Government, 2012 – 2015
  • Wells Fargo & Company, 2011
  • Wachovia Corporation, 2007 – 2008
  • Duke Energy Company, 1998 – 2006
  • Gendler & Singleton, 1995 – 1998
  • Goodall & Davidson, P.C., 1992 – 1994
  • Affiliations
    American Bar Association - Women in Dispute Resolution 2020 - Present
    North Carolina Bar Association 2006 - Present
    North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association 2016 - Present
    Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • What Is Collaborative Practice and What Does It Have To Do With the Practice of Employment Law? L3: Long Leaf Law, The blog of the North Carolina Bar Association, August 2016
  • experience

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