Renee Hughes – Attorney Profile

Renee Hughes brings extensive experience and skill to her practice as an employment attorney. Whether drafting or negotiating a contract, litigating a non-compete or wage dispute in her practice or advising an employer on personnel issues, she commits her legal skills to delivering high-quality representation.

Renee was voted by attorneys statewide in 2012 as North Carolina's best employment lawyer when they were asked by Business North Carolina Magazine, "Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories?" As a result, she is now a member of Business North Carolina Magazine's Legal Elite Hall of Fame and is included in that magazine’s Legal Elite edition each year.

In addition, Renee has been named to Best Lawyers in America since 2013. In both 2013 and 2014, she was named to Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law - Management. In each year of 2015 – 2019, she was named to Best Lawyers in America for both Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Renee has also been named as a Super Lawyer in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Super Lawyers Magazine and to Super Lawyer's lists of Top 50 North Carolina women attorneys, Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte and Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina. No more than five percent of the total lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

Renee was also elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation reserves membership to less than one percent of all lawyers practicing in each jurisdiction. The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Members are nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Renee’s extensive legal experience in the area of employment law includes advising employers, executives and professionals on matters involving:

  • Non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Employee handbooks
  • Wage and hour matters, including commission issues and overtime compliance
  • Employment contracts
  • Severance agreements
  • Various personnel matters, including employee discipline, hiring and firing
  • Discrimination matters, including Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, ADA, NLRA, ERISA compliance

Renee also represents employers in investigating and responding to complaints filed with the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and other state and federal agencies. She also conducts employment training on matters such as sexual harassment and other personnel policies for employers and their employees.

A native North Carolinian, originally from Wilmington, Renee graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1991 and from NCCU School of Law in 2002, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian of her class. Prior to law school, she worked with the Domestic Violence Shelter and Services in Wilmington as the Court Advocate for battered women and children. In her spare time, Renee enjoys domestic and international travel, spending time at the beach, attending yoga classes, spending time with friends, family, and her church community, and watching Panthers football and Wake Forest football and basketball (go Deacs!).