Shalanna Pirtle has been a practicing employment law litigator since 2007, evaluating all types of employment claims, including, but not limited to racial, religious, color, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, age, national origin, sexual and other unlawful harassment and discrimination, as well as employment contract disputes, wrongful discharge claims, and wage and hour issues, and a wide variety of tort claims. She is well-versed in the ADA, FLSA, ADEA, Title VII, Section 1981, and numerous other employment-related statutes, and she also has extensive experience with proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the North Carolina Departments of Labor and Commerce. Shalanna advises clients daily regarding employee discipline, disability and religious accommodations issues, and wage and hour matters, and has experience handling business litigation, contract disputes, and disputes over non-competition agreements. She also routinely conducts workplace investigations and diversity and inclusion training for employers.
Prior to attending law school, Shalanna worked for several years as a server and corporate trainer for one of the largest international dining restaurant companies. She also worked as an assignment desk editor and producer for a community affairs show at a news station in a top 10 television market. Shalanna has substantial experience in helping business clients navigate workplace and cultural sensitivity issues. The daughter of a school teacher and steel mill worker, with humble mid-western blue-collar roots, Shalanna draws on all these experiences to give her a unique approach to understanding the concerns of employees and employers alike.
Shalanna is an insightful counselor and communicator with an innate ability to help individuals work through conflict. She understands the pressure points critical to decision-making and the assessment of risk for both employees and employers. Shalanna is highly regarded for her intuitive problem-solving skills that she uses to help parties craft solutions tailored to the nuances of their specific disputes.
Shalanna began her legal career at Parker Poe in Charlotte where she maintains a legal practice, but she is passionate about conflict resolution and mediation work. Shalanna is also certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a mediator.