Nicole Haynes, North Carolina employment and labor law attorney at GessnerLaw.

Nicole Haynes


Nicole is a Wyomingite who relocated to North Carolina in 2010 to pursue warmer weather and higher education. She joined GessnerLaw, PLLC in April 2021 and brought fancy coffee, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, and several years of labor and employment law experience with her.

Nicole transitioned from management-side labor and employment law representation to plaintiff-side representation in 2019. She takes pride in providing her clients quality representation in all areas of labor and employment law, including: navigating current workplace dilemmas; negotiating employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-competes; attending mediations and arbitrations; and pursuing legal claims in court. She has represented clients who have been subjected to workplace discrimination or retaliation because of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, and disability as well as those who have been retaliated for whistleblowing, raising workplace safety concerns, or for taking a protected leave of absence.

Nicole enjoys working with clients from all walks of life and economic backgrounds and understands that employees at every level—from hourly to executive—experience unlawful treatment at work.

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Ashley Hall

Client Communications Director

Ashley helps clients throughout their entire experience with GessnerLaw. From initial communications to final decisions in their cases, Ashley helps clients stay informed. Ashley is often the first person a client will speak with, ensuring he or she feels engaged from day one.

Ashley has always had a passion for people. With a degree in Sociology and a Master's in Education, Ashley spent the majority of her early career as a teacher. She loved her time in the classroom and the opportunity to help children on their educational journey. After taking some time off to start a family, she returned to the workplace and eventually joined GessnerLaw in early 2020.

In her free time, Ashley spends her time with her husband and three children. She enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and watching her children play soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey.