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Susan Childers North

5425 Discovery Park Boulevard
Suite 200
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
Phone:  757.941.2801
Mobile Phone:  757.282.8845
Fax:  757.941.2879
919 East Main Street
Twenty-Fourth Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Biography

Ms. North's practice includes counseling, mediation, arbitration and litigation of a variety of employment issues, including sexual harassment, race and sex discrimination, age discrimination and disability discrimination, wage and hour claims, as well as covenants not to compete, non-disclosure agreements, business conspiracy and trade secrets. She also has significant experience in the development, implementation and enforcement of mandatory arbitration programs. She successfully has defended challenges to these programs both in federal and state courts around the country. Ms. North also is experienced in defending complex, multiple-plaintiff and pattern and practice cases, including successfully defeating Title VII and 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 class action discrimination cases and wage and hour collective action cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Ms. North has represented food and beverage clients, including Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream, Nespresso, USA, Ballast Point Brewing Company, M. Price Distributing Co., regarding employment discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, trade secrets and covenants not to compete, Family Medical Leave Act, background checks, affirmative action and state by state compliance issues. She has also performed various training seminars on a variety of employment law topics to management level employees and to the general workforce.

In addition, Ms. North counsels employers, credit reporting agencies, furnishers of information to credit reporting agencies and debt collectors on compliance issues related to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Ms. North litigates these claims as well.

Ms. North also spends much of her time counseling retail, food and beverage and healthcare clients to avoid litigation by utilizing appropriate anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and procedures, affirmative action compliance policies, executive employment contracts containing covenants not to compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality provisions and employee handbooks and training regarding all of the above. She also regularly advises clients on complying with state and federal employment laws nationwide.

Ms. North also provides diversity management, counseling, and training to employers. This involves conducting assessments/audits, developing and implementing diversity plans and conducting training and counseling on diversity issues.

Before going to law school, Ms. North worked as an Equal Employment Opportunity Analyst for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She also maintained her own human resources consulting business, working with clients regarding wage and hour and discrimination issues. Her current clients include mostly retail, food and beverage and healthcare clients with nationwide operations. 

Ms. North has been selected as one of Virginia’s Top 50 Women Attorneys in 2012 - 2014 and 2016. She also has been selected as a Virginia Rising Star or Super Lawyer from 2006 – 2011 and has been named one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in Labor and Employment Law every year since 2004. She presented at the Virginia State Bar Association’s 117th Annual Meeting in January 2007 on “Learning to Think and React Like a Seasoned Employment Lawyer” and at the Virginia Bar Association’s Employment Law Conference in September 2011 on the “Fair Credit Reporting Act: Friend or Foe.”

Ms. North also has been appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court as a faculty member of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course and the I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court XXVII, and she is actively involved in Virginia’s Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, October 2006 – present
  • Kaufman & Canoles, October 2001 – October 2006
  • LeClairRyan, September 1998 – October 2001

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Member, Labor & Employment Section
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Williamsburg Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and NAPABA-VA
  • Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference
  • USLAW Network Inc.: Member, 2006 - 2016; Board Member, 2016 - 2017; Client Liaison Director, 2017 - 2018 
  • Board Member, Credit Control Corporation - 2016
  • Board Member, One Child Center for Autism - 2016

Distinctions

  • Recognized as one of the "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Virginia" by Law & Politics magazine, 2012-2014, 2016-2017
  • Listed in Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite" for Labor and Employment Law, 2004-present
  • Selected as a "Rising Star" in Virginia Super Lawyers, 2007-2008
  • Recognized as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Labor and Employment Law, 2010-2018
  • Appointed by Virginia Supreme Court as a faculty member of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course
  • Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers in Labor & Employment Law, 2013-2017
  • Member by invitation to the I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court XXVII
  • Adjunct Professor - William & Mary School of Law - Advanced Litigation
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment,
    2018 - 2019

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Richmond School of Law, 1998
  • M.B.A., cum laude, George Washington University, 1992
  • B.S., Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Business Management, cum laude, Old Dominion University, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • Virginia State Courts
  • Virginia Federal Courts
  • United States Supreme Court