The Law Offices of Michelle Gessner, PLLC  focuses on representing clients in all types of employment matters, from individual plaintiffs with workplace issues to companies needing outside general counsel. In addition, we serve as certified mediators in a variety of employment cases and disputes.


Many companies cannot afford to hire full-time in-house counsel but still need legal advice related to operations, human resources and customer relationships. Likewise, companies that do have in-house counsel are very busy and stretched thin with resources. The Law Offices of Michelle Gessner, PLLC provides “outside” general counsel services by working closely with members of senior management, in-house attorneys and other outside counsel in a cost-efficient manner.

For more than a decade, Michelle has helped businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to small and mid-size businesses, streamline their litigation portfolio to more effectively manage its resources. Further, she has managed difficult class action and/or multi party cases to successful results or resolutions for her clients. She has a proven track record of implementing programs which include some of the the following:

  • Employee terminations, reductions in force
  • Employee handbooks
  • Training and compliance on laws such as the FMLA and the ADA
  • Workplace investigations
  • Litigation Management Services
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In addition to representing both employees and employers in litigation, Michelle routinely counsels and trains employers on preventative issues involving state and federal employment laws, including the following causes:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Severance agreements
  • Wrongful termination
  • Whistleblower
  • Class actions
  • Executive and professional contracts
  • Wage and hour and compensation issues
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Mediation, or alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is a way of resolving legal conflicts without litigation. Litigation is not always the best option in a dispute, and it certainly isn’t the only option. Michelle Gessner is a NCDRC Certified mediator and has been in both the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ seats during mediations with experience mediating civil cases filed in North Carolina Superior Court and United States District Courts. With her substantial in-house career she has developed great skills at influencing others and helping them to reach a resolution which satisfies the interests of all involved.

Michelle has helped her corporate clients resolve significant litigation and other disputes without the expense and time involved typical proceedings. She has extensive expertise in evaluating when a form of ADR is in the best interest of clients, and she routinely advises clients on the legal consequences of the terms and conditions of all ADR options. She also counsels employers on the best contract language for ensuring mediation and ADR are an option for dispute resolution.

We offer comprehensive mediation services through Employment Law Mediators. Our NCDRC Certified mediators have extensive experience with civil cases filed in North Carolina Superior Court and United States District Courts, and vast experiences in all areas of employment law.

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This list is not comprehensive so please contact us to discuss your concerns and issues. Finding the right assistance is paramount. If I can’t help you, I will know someone who can, regardless of subject matter or venue.