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Donna Anderson
Phone: 919.838.2069
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 Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • All North Carolina State Courts


University of North Carolina and Vermont Law School, J.D., with honors, 1981

University of North Carolina, M.P.H., 1978

Duke University, B.A., with honors 1974

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Susan Milner Parrott

  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6664
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Susan Parrott has extensive experience in identifying and managing employment-related issues in mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations.  She is frequently called upon to develop and interpret employment, non-competition, confidentiality, and severance agreements.  In addition, she routinely advises clients on wage and hour matters, and assists in conducting internal compliance audits and responding to Department of Labor investigations.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    - Personnel Committee, Member
  • North Carolina State Bar
    - Board of Continuing Legal Education, Past Member
  • Wake County Bar Association
    - Professionalism Committee, Past Member
  • Community Foundation
    - Wake County Advisory Board, Past Member
  • White Memorial Presbyterian Church
    - Elder

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • Fellow, American Bar Association


  • Served as lead employment lawyer in the representation of a publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company in its acquisition of a privately-traded specialty pharmaceutical company
  • Served as lead employment lawyer for numerous acquisitions by a multi-state, publicly-traded convenience store operator
  • Prepared executive employment agreement for the president and chief executive officer of a publicly-traded bank holding company
  • Responsible for executive employment agreements required for the succession of the chief executive officer of a publicly-traded, global manufacturer of consumable products
  • Successfully defended U.S. Department of Labor investigations of wage and hour exemption classification in various industries including banking, software, retail distributing, restaurant, civil engineering, and pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Successfully defended North Carolina Department of Labor investigation of wage payment practices for retail distributing company
  • Conducted internal audits of wage and hour and wage payment matters for clients in various industries, including banking, pharmaceutical manufacturing and sales, retail, and internet/technology
  • Advised a private equity fund on employment-related matters in connection with its acquisition, equity and debt financing of a reference laboratory
  • Advised a leading healthcare services provider on employment-related matters in connection with its $60 million cash acquisition of a global sourcing company
  • Advised a leading provider of pharmacy-based patient care solutions and medication synchronization services to independent and chain pharmacies on employment-related matters in its approximately $41 million sale of the company to a publicly traded buyer
  • Advised a French multinational industrial and steel distributor on employment-related matters in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in a Virginia-based steel service center
  • Appellate advocacy practice has included representation of clients before the North Carolina appellate courts, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States



Contributor, Chapter 33, "Litigation Procedure," Employment Discrimination Law (3rd Edition 2002 Cumulative Supplement BNA)



  • Presenter, Understanding the Department of Labor Proposed Overtime Changes, The City Club, Raleigh, N.C., March 2016
  • Co-Presenter, Wage and Hour Update: New Rules, New Interpretations and More, Smith Anderson’s 23rd Annual Employment Law Update, October 2015
  • Presenter, Wage and Hour Update: What’s New and What May Be Coming, Smith Anderson’s 22nd Annual Employment Law Update, October and November 2014
  • Presenter, Time and Money: Avoiding Commons Mistakes Under the FLSA and N.C. Wage and Hour Act, Smith Anderson’s 21st Annual Employment Law Update, November 2013
  • Presenter, Are Your Employees Properly Classified?, Smith Anderson Live Webinar, August 2013
  • Presenter, What is "Work Time" Under the Fair Labor Standards Act?, Smith Anderson Live Webinar, June 2013
  • Presenter, Recent Developments Regarding the FLSA, Worker Misclassification and DOL Rule Changes, Smith Anderson’s 19th Annual Employment Law Update, November 2011
  • Presenter, Fair Labor Standards Act: Exemptions and Recent Court Decisions, Smith Anderson’s 18th Annual Employment Law Update, October 2010
  • Presenter, Emerging Issues Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Smith Anderson’s 17th Annual Employment Law Update, October 2009
  • Presenter, Wage and Hour: Hot Topics, Smith Anderson’s 16th Annual Employment Law Update, October 2008
  • Presenter, Fair Labor Standards Act: Highlights and New Cases, Smith Anderson’s 15th Annual Employment Law Update, October 2007