Gerard is an experienced litigator who primarily represents clients in matters concerning state and federal employment laws. He has successfully defended lawsuits in state and federal courts, as well as proceedings before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor.

In addition to defending employers in litigation and administrative actions, Gerard helps employers position themselves to best avoid such legal actions, through training, conducting workplace investigations, and counseling clients on employment decisions, such as hiring, disciplinary actions and terminations. He also works with companies on drafting employment policies, handbooks and employment agreements.

Gerard is also a member of the firm’s Education and School Law Team. He has represented college and university clients in litigation, and in investigations, including those with agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. 

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to the North Carolina Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2017 – 2022