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Frederick M. Thurman, Jr.

Partner
101 South Tryon Street
Suite 2200
Charlotte, NC 28280
Direct704.945.2154
Fax704.332.1197
fthurman@slk-law.com

Assistant

Alex Russell
Direct704.945.2177
arussell@slk-law.com

Frederick ("Derick") M. Thurman, Jr.'s primary areas of practice are employment law and litigation (representing management). Derick also practices traditional labor law (representing management); employee benefits litigation; business torts; and general commercial litigation.

Derick has extensive experience practicing employment law, labor law, and commercial litigation, including appellate briefing and arguments in federal and state courts, jury trials, arbitration, and hearings before various government agencies. His practice also encompasses non-litigation matters, such as personnel policy drafting and review, employment contract drafting and review, and employment law compliance counseling.

Derick is a past Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He also previously served as Vice Chair, CLE Chair, and Secretary. 

Honors

  • Top Lawyer in Charlotte by Business Leader magazine
  • North Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2009 and 2010
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Chair (2007 - 2008); Vice Chair (2006 - 2007); CLE Committee Chair (2005 - 2007); Secretary (2002 - 2004); Council Member (2002 - 2005; 2005 - 2008)
  • Care Ring, Board of Directors (2006 - 2012)
  • Mecklenburg County Personnel Commission (2001 - 2004; 2004 - 2007)
  • North Carolina Bar Association (1999 - )
  • North Carolina State Bar (1999 - )
  • Mecklenburg County Bar (1999 - )
  • Alabama State Bar (1995 - )

News Releases

Publications

02.12.2016"Understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act in One-Half Hour," Employment Law: Updates and Trends (Mecklenburg County Bar, Charlotte, N.C.)
02.03.2016"The Family and Medical Leave Act," Fundamentals of Employment Law (N.C. Bar Foundation, Cary, N.C.)
06.24.2015"Traditional Labor in the South? Issues & Trends," Employment Law: Updates and Trends (Mecklenburg County Bar, Charlotte, N.C.)
06.12.2015"Disability, Illness, Family, and the Need for Leave," Fundamentals of Employment Law (N.C. Bar Foundation, Cary, N.C.)
06.07.2013"FMLA/ADA: The Basics," Fundamentals of Employment Law (N.C. Bar Foundation, Greensboro, N.C.)
06.01.2011"An ADA & FMLA Primer, Fundamentals of Employment Law" (N.C. Bar Foundation, Greensboro, N.C.)
03.01.2010"Understand North Carolina's Workers' Comp Notice Requirements," 4-3 North Carolina Employment Law (HR Specialist)
12.01.2009"Taming The Paper Tiger: What To Keep - And For How Long"
10.01.2009"10 Minutes Well-Spent: Audit Your Employee Bulletin Board," 3-10 North Carolina Employment Law (HR Specialist)
10.01.2009"Controversy from the High Court? Ledbetter, Gross, & Ricci -- Their Practical Impacts and Their Early Legacies," 25th Annual NC/SC Labor and Employment Law Program (N.C. Bar Foundation, Charleston, S.C.)
08.01.2009"Update Your Policies: North Carolina Bans Texting While Driving," 3-8 North Carolina Employment Law (HR Specialist)
06.01.2009"Proceed with Caution When Making Health-Related Inquiries"
04.01.2009"North Carolina Legislature Considers New Employment Laws"
01.01.2009"A Matter of Trust: 4 Ways to Defend Against Employee Disloyalty," 3-1 North Carolina Employment Law (HR Specialist)
11.01.2008"As Economic Route Turns Rough, Beware These 4 RIF Potholes"
09.01.2008"Prepare for Possible Changes in Employment Eligibility Verification"
07.01.2008"Beware Hazards When Calculating N.C. Unemployment Insurance Tax"
05.01.2008"Top 10 Things to Know about North Carolina Wage and Hour Act"
05.01.2008"The Chair's Comments," 26-2 Labor and Employment (N.C. Bar Association)
03.01.2008"Problems with Obtaining FMLA and Wage-and-Hour Releases"
02.01.2008"The Chair's Comments," 26-1 Labor and Employment (N.C. Bar Association)
January 2008"Liability for the Negligence of Others: A New Standard?," 2-1 North Carolina Employment Law (HR Specialist).
12.04.2007"I-9 Form News Bulletin"
04.13.2007"Immigration Reform Complicates Hiring," Charlotte Business Journal, The Business of Law
06.01.2006"Ensuring Compliance with FLSA Regulations" (National Business Institute, Charlotte, N.C.)
10.28.2005"Lack of Accessibility Adds Risk for Property Owners," Charlotte Business Journal, Commercial Real Estate Quarterly
06.01.2005"The FMLA, the ADA and Workers' Compensation," Fundamentals of Employment Law (N.C. Bar Foundation, Greensboro, N.C.)
10.01.2004Co-Author, "Overlap of the ADA, the FMLA, and Workers’ Compensation Acts -- When Do They All Apply?," 20th Annual NC/SC Labor and Employment Law Program (N.C. Bar Foundation)
03.01.2004"Protecting Our Soldiers: A USERRA Primer," 22-2 Labor and Employment (N.C. Bar Association)
10.01.2003Co-Author, "Professional Responsibility," Employment Law 2003 (Wake Forest University School of Law CLE)
10.01.2002"Wage/Hour Update, Curing the Common Cold -- a ½-Day Management Check-Up for Executives and Human Resource Professionals" (Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Tampa, Fla.)
02.01.2002Co-Author, "Basic Wage and Hour Law in North Carolina" (National Business Institute, Charlotte, N.C.)
10.01.2001Co-Author, "Professional Responsibility, Employment Law 2001" (Wake Forest University School of Law CLE)
1994"Summers’s Folly: The After-Acquired Evidence Doctrine vs. Employer Culpability," 25 Cumb. L. Rev. 191

Newsletters

Events and Presentations

02.12.2016Program Planner, Employment Law: Updates and Trends (Mecklenburg County Bar, Charlotte, N.C.)
02.12.2016"Understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act in One-Half Hour," Employment Law: Updates and Trends (Mecklenburg County Bar, Charlotte, N.C.)
02.03.2016"The Family and Medical Leave Act," Fundamentals of Employment Law (N.C. Bar Foundation, Cary, N.C.)
06.24.2015Program Planner, Employment Law: Updates and Trends (Mecklenburg County Bar, Charlotte, N.C.)
06.24.2015"Traditional Labor in the South? Issues & Trends," Employment Law: Updates and Trends (Mecklenburg County Bar, Charlotte, N.C.)
06.12.2015"Disability, Illness, Family, and the Need for Leave," Fundamentals of Employment Law (N.C. Bar Foundation, Cary, N.C.)
06.07.2013"FMLA/ADA:  The Basics," Fundamentals of Employment Law (N.C. Bar Foundation, Greensboro, N.C.)
06.01.2011"An ADA & FMLA Primer, Fundamentals of Employment Law" (N.C. Bar Foundation, Greensboro, N.C.)
10.01.2009"Controversy from the High Court? Ledbetter, Gross, & Ricci -- Their Practical Impacts and Their Early Legacies," 25th Annual NC/SC Labor and Employment Law Program (N.C. Bar Foundation, Charleston, S.C.)
11.01.2007Program Planner, 23rd Annual NC/SC Labor and Employment Law Program (N.C. Bar Foundation, Charleston, S.C.)
09.01.2007Program Moderator, North Carolina Practical Skills 2007 -- The Lawyer's Toolbox (N.C. Bar Foundation, Cary, N.C.)
06.01.2007Panelist, Dealing with HR Challenges in Your Business (Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurs Forum, Charlotte, N.C.)
06.01.2007Immigration Law, 2007 Summer Convention (Carolinas Electrical Contractors Association, Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
06.01.2007Program Planner, Fundamentals of Employment Law (N.C. Bar Foundation, Greensboro, N.C.)
10.01.2006Program Planner, 22nd Annual NC/SC Labor and Employment Law Program (N.C. Bar Foundation, Asheville, N.C.)
06.01.2006Ensuring Compliance with FLSA Regulations (National Business Institute, Charlotte, N.C.)
06.01.2005The FMLA, the ADA and Workers' Compensation, Fundamentals of Employment Law (N.C. Bar Foundation, Greensboro, N.C.)
10.01.2002Wage/Hour Update, Curing the Common Cold -- a ½-Day Management Check-Up for Executives and Human Resource Professionals (Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Tampa, Fla.)
02.01.2002Basic Wage and Hour Law in North Carolina (National Business Institute, Charlotte, N.C.)

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Education

  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, 1995
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Southeast Regional Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Clemson University, 1992

Bar and Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court, 2014
  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 2005
  • United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, 2000
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit, 1999
  • United States District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1999
  • United States District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1999
  • United States District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1999
  • North Carolina, 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, 1998
  • Alabama, 1995
  • United States District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1995
  • United States District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1995
  • United States District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1995

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