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.

Mark Tieman

Research Analyst

Mark brings a wealth of professional experience and personal insight to the GessnerLaw team. No stranger to facing challenges head-on, he relentlessly pursues justice for our clients with employment issues, providing practical advice and expert legal support to GessnerLaw.

For years as a full-time attorney based in Philadelphia, Mark successfully represented wrongfully-terminated employees in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In late 2017, Mark himself was forced to cope with discrimination in employment due to a sudden disability. Worsening foot pain turned out to be a rare vascular condition that threatened his life and limb, forcing him away from work. Eight surgeries, including a below-knee amputation, finally enabled Mark to regain his health. He is forever grateful to the many world-class medical teams, staff, and fellow patients who helped him along his journey.

Since 2019, Mark has remotely advised dozens of law firms on employment law issues and is sought after by attorneys across the country for his adept grasp of plaintiff’s litigation in federal court. After years of immobility, Mark relocated to Southern California in 2020, where he currently resides. He enjoys being an advocate for others with disabilities and spends as much time outside as possible, exploring the mountains, deserts, and beaches of the American West.

Mark earned his undergrad degree at the University of Maryland (2012) and legal degree at Rutgers University School of Law (2015). He is currently licensed to practice law in New Jersey, remains a member of the bar in good standing in Pennsylvania (inactive), and is soon to be licensed in California as he just passed the July 2021 bar!

*not a North Carolina-licensed attorney*

Jineen Espinosa, Research Specialist

Jineen Espinosa

Research Analyst

Jineen arrived in Kure Beach, North Carolina by way of New York, California, then New York again. After attending Columbia University in New York (B.A., cum laude in Russian Language in1989), she received a JD, with distinction, from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California in 1993. After practicing law in California for 16 years, she relocated to New York long enough to to remember why she had left in the first place. Jineen is currently licensed to practice law in California and New York, and will soon be licensed in North Carolina.

She has enjoyed a diverse and ever-evolving legal career that has included being an associate in several insurance defense firms, acting as Research Attorney, Discovery Referee and Special Master for the Stanislaus County Superior Court, working as Referral Counselor and Content Writer for the Legal Referral Service at the New York City Bar Association, and performing legal research and writing on a contract basis for Quo Jure Corporation, a legal outsourcing company based in San Francisco, California, which she now owns and operates. Along the way, Jineen has gained experience in many areas of the law, including, labor/employment, healthcare, business/corporate, probate and estate administration, real estate, insurance, consumer, criminal and personal injury.

No matter the topic, she strives to spot legal issues, conduct research and draft pleadings and briefs with authority and finesse to maximize the chances of success. If Jineen had any free time, she would probably enjoy yoga, hula-hooping, clog dancing, quilting, biking, meditating and reading for pleasure. She might even like to start everyday on the beach watching the sunrise.

*not a North Carolina-licensed attorney*