Marc E. Gustafson
Name: Marc E. Gustafson
Firm Name: Bell Davis Pitt
Jurisdiction: North Carolina
Practice Area: Employment Law

Telephone: 704.227.9837
Fax: (704) 227-0400

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Professional Biography:

Marc advises clients on and drafts employment policies and handbooks, employment contracts, including non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality restrictions, independent contractor agreements and severance agreements. He also frequently counsels clients on a host of employment matters, including employment discriminatio›n, charges of wrongful termination, FMLA leave, reasonable accommodations under the ADA, and wage and hour law violations.

In the courtroom, Marc represents clients in state and federal courts in lawsuits involving race, gender and age discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage and hour claims, breach of contract, and non-compete enforcement. Marc practices in the state, federal and appellate courts situated in North Carolina and Georgia and regularly appears before the EEOC and the North Carolina Employment Security Commission.

Marc has represented shareholders, managers, executives and corporations in matters involving breaches of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, usurpation of corporate opportunities, breaches of contract and fraud. Marc has represented both employers and executives in internal investigations in matters involving mismanagement, insider trading, misconduct and accounting malpractice.

Marc sees his role as a counselor of law and works closely with his clients to develop a relationship that best represents their legal, financial, and personal interests.

Marc is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of North Carolina and Georgia. He has had articles published in NC Lawyers Weekly, Deal Lawyers, and the Charlotte Observer. He has also been featured by the Charlotte Business Journal, WSOC, nFocus magazine, and Charlotte Viewpoint. Marc is a Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Super Lawyers Rising Star, and Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated attorney.

Marc is also active in the community, serving on the Board of 24 Foundation and as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. In the past, Marc has served as the Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar, Labor and Employment Section, on the Board of the Arts and Science Council, as the Chair of the Public Art Commission, on the UNC Board of Visitors, the ASC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, the Boards of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Common Grounds Farm Stand, and the Spokes Group. Marc is an Eagle Scout.

The Employment Law Practice:

The experienced attorneys within our Employment and Human Resources Law practice understand that employment law issues often arise unexpectedly and require immediate attention. We are committed to responding quickly and efficiently.

Our employment attorneys work with businesses of all sizes and stages of development to help them understand and comply with state and federal laws that impact employers. Our experience covers a broad range of services, from helping new businesses develop policies and handbooks, to helping well-established businesses with downsizing.

In addition to working with businesses, we regularly represent individuals in employment matters such as review of employment contracts, non-competition agreements, and severance agreements.

Although the goal of much of our work is to promote compliance and prevent disputes, we also represent employers in litigation when it becomes necessary. Our litigation experience includes matters in state and federal courts and before state and federal agencies.

Bell Davis Pitt:

Frank M. Bell, Jr., William K. Davis and Walter W. Pitt, Jr. co-founded Bell, Davis & Pitt in 1980 to establish a practice that excels at client service and creates a work environment that encourages long-term professional association.

Those founding principles have created a thriving law firm that is dedicated to its clients, the profession, and community. Since then, Bell, Davis & Pitt has grown organically to meet the needs of its clients. We’re proud of our long-standing client relationships — including some that date back to our founding — and our team’s dedication to our clients and each other, evidenced by our low turnover.

At Bell, Davis & Pitt, we strive to handle each matter in the most cost-effective way possible, involving supervised associates and paralegals when consistent with the client’s goals. We structure each client team with the appropriate attorney (or attorneys) to achieve the best results at the most reasonable rates possible.