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Carol Laundon
Phone: 919.838.2044
Fax: 919.821.6800

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • All North Carolina State Courts


University of Oklahoma, J.D., with honors, 1986

University of Oklahoma, B.S., in psychology, 1980

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Kimberly J. Korando

  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6671
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Kim Korando is recognized as one of North Carolina’s leading employment lawyers by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Law and Politics North Carolina Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America© and Business North Carolina Legal Elite. She leads Smith Anderson’s Employment, Labor and Human Resources practice group.

Kim’s advice and representation are sought in matters of financial, reputational and operational significance to leading employers. Her work has led to Chambers’ client reviews describing her as “simply outstanding on employment law,” “a diligent top tier attorney,” who does “a first class job” and “has a way of looking at several different sides of a situation to evaluate it clearly,” and “is exceedingly bright, capable and practical, and gives current pragmatic advice.” She serves as general outside employment, labor and human resources counsel to public and private companies in a wide variety of industries including utilities, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, hospitals and healthcare, automotive, semiconductor, paper/cellulose and furniture manufacturers, insurance, banking, retail, hospitality, and food and beverage distribution, as well as municipalities and law firms.

Kim is a frequent speaker, trainer and writer on employment and human resources issues in the business and legal community. She regularly collaborates with companies developing in-house training programs, and has trained more than 20,000 supervisors, managers and Human Resources professionals in legally compliant employment practices, as well as investigators for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She served as Chapter Editor for the nation’s leading employment discrimination treatise, authored two leading North Carolina workplace guidebooks through the North Carolina Chamber, North Carolina Human Resources Manual and Model Policies and Forms for North Carolina Employers, and is a frequent speaker for nationally recognized organizations.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Committee (1990-present)
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • American Employment Law Council
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management (2007-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© “Lawyer of the Year,” Raleigh Labor Law - Management (2013)
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite (2007, 2009-2010, 2012-2013)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Labor & Employment (2005-2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated since 1999
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2006-2017)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers,Top 50 Women (2013-2015)
  • Oklahoma Law Review, Note Editor


  • Regularly advises global companies based outside the U.S. (Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, France, U.K. and Canada) and outside North Carolina with regard to establishing North Carolina workforces and associated compliance with U.S. and North Carolina laws.


  • Enterprise-wide audits of worker classification and time recording practices and development of strategies for reclassifying misclassified workers and practical solutions for time recording practices (including donning/doffing, automatic clocking/deductions and use of remote devices for work) for manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality, distribution, technology and other industry employers.


  • Successful defense of EEOC investigations and OFCCP compliance audits focusing on allegations of class-wide race, gender and disability discrimination in hiring, promotion, compensation and terminations, including challenges to criminal history, testing and other employee selection criteria.
  • Successful pre-litigation resolution of allegations of systemic race and gender discrimination, including those made by current employees and supported by national and local civil rights groups, and allegations of harassment against executives and high ranking officials.

Affirmative Action

  • Establishment and annual update of affirmative action plans for defense and other federal contractors (financial, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, consulting, distribution, hospitality) with special emphasis on risk management regarding analysis of employment activity, compensation, recruiting and selection procedures.


  • Successful defense of whistleblower and retaliation complaints before the U.S. Department of Labor, EEOC and other agencies, including environmental and financial fraud complaints.

Internal Investigations

  • Retained as special counsel to conduct internal investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination, code of conduct violations, embezzlement and root cause of management failures.


  • Design of comprehensive workforce restructuring programs, including voluntary separation programs and employee selection and staffing processes that have been successfully defended before the U.S. Court of Appeals.

ADA/FMLA/Absence Management

  • Led interdisciplinary publicly-traded Fortune 500 corporate ADA task force charged with: identifying Title I and Title III compliance issues; reviewing and modifying corporate policies, procedures and practices including medical testing, qualification standards, and test administration accommodation.
  • Developed and integrated corporate policies for hospitals, banks and pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and technology companies regarding FMLA/STD/ADA reasonable accommodation leave/workers’ compensation leave and absence management.  Developed fitness for duty programs including functional capacity testing for manufacturing, healthcare and distribution worksites.

Crisis Management

  • Coordinated and managed regulatory, communication and risk management response to high profile industrial accidents and fatalities and other workplace crises.


  • Coordinated responses to union organization campaigns and collective bargaining with USW and IBEW.


  • Developed highly participatory mock trial training experience in which supervisors experience first-hand how their decisions play out in front of a jury which has been customized for employers in a wide range of industries and delivered across the country.

Technology and Related Policies

  • Assisted companies with development of BYOD, remote work, social media and departing employees procedures designed to protect company reputation and assets.