AA Contact info

Jennifer Ragan
Phone: 919.838.2090
Fax: 919.821.6800
jragan@smithlaw.com

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

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

Education

University of North Carolina, J.D., 2003

Campbell University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2000

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J. Travis Hockaday

Partner
  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6757
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Travis Hockaday has practiced with Smith Anderson since September 2003. His practice focuses on providing employment-related counseling and risk management advice to clients in a variety of industries, both public and private. He also has represented clients in state and federal courts and agencies throughout North Carolina and other jurisdictions. His experience includes defending employers against claims involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, harassment and civil rights claims; defending wage and hour, ERISA, and other benefit-related claims; and representing clients in investigations conducted by, and proceedings before, both federal and state departments of labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the North Carolina Division of Employment Security. 

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment and Litigation Sections
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Labor & Employment, and Litigation Sections
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association Lawyer Effectiveness/Quality of Life Committee (2008-present)
  • Member, Society for Human Resources Management
  • Wake County/Tenth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member, Raleigh-Wake Human Resources Management Association, Community Services/Small Business Liaison Committee
  • Elder, Grove Presbyterian Church (Active 1999-2005; 2012-Present)
  • Class of 2003 Reunion Representative, University of North Carolina School of Law

Honors & Awards

  • Listed, North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star (Employment Litigation: Defense)

Experience

  • Defending employers against claims involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, harassment and civil rights claims
  • Defending wage and hour, ERISA, and other benefit-related claims
  • Representing clients in investigations conducted by both federal and state Departments of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Representing clients before the North Carolina Employment Security Commission
  • Advising clients regarding the development of effective employee handbooks, policies and practices
  • Representing employers and individuals in connection with allegations of violation of non-compete agreements, unfair competition, and tortious interference with contract
  • Providing training to management, human resource professionals and employees regarding numerous employment-related topics, including workplace discrimination and harassment, religion in the workplace, unemployment compensation, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Advising clients on variety of state and federal regulatory issues
  • Serving as outside counsel to a state licensing agency

News

Publications

  • Co-author, North Carolina Human Resources Manual, published in collaboration with the North Carolina Chamber and HRSimple.com (2014)

Events

  • Presenter, When Performance is Impacted by Health, Webinar, May 2014
  • Presenter, North Carolina Unemployment Insurance Reform, Webinar, February 2014
  • Presenter, Effectively Managing Absences Under the FMLA and the ADA, Webinar, October 2013
  • Presenter, North Carolina Unemployment Insurance Reform, Smith Anderson’s 21st Annual Employment Law Update, November 2013
  • Presenter, Protecting Social Media Accounts and Contacts, Protecting Proprietary Business Assets: Strategies to Safeguard Your Company seminar at Vaco, Raleigh, N.C., October 2013
  • Presenter, Threats to Confidential Data on Mobile Devices, the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, 2013 Fall Seminar, Greensboro, N.C., October 2013
  • Presenter, Nuts and Bolts of Unemployment Insurance Law Changes: A Primer for Managers and Human Resources Professionals, Part 2 of a two-part webinar co-hosted by the North Carolina Chamber and Smith Anderson, June 2013
  • Presenter, View from the Top: A Primer on NC Unemployment Insurance Reform for the C-Suite, Part 1 of a two-part webinar co-hosted by the North Carolina Chamber and Smith Anderson, June 2013
  • Presenter, From Unemployment to Reemployment: Preparing Your Business for HB4, Webinar, June 2013
  • Presenter, Be Careful What You Ask For: Recent Developments on Background, Criminal History and Credit Checks, Smith Anderson’s 20th Annual Employment Law Update, November 2012
  • Presenter, Religion at Work: Best Practices for Avoiding Claims of Discrimination and Handling Requests for Accommodation, Smith Anderson’s 20th Annual Employment Law Update, November 2012
  • Presenter, North Carolina Update 2011, Smith Anderson’s 19th Annual Employment Law Update, November 2011
  • Presenter, Small Business Workshop, Raleigh-Wake Human Resources Management Association, 2010
  • Panelist, Changing Faces - Achieving Workforce Diversity , Raleigh-Wake Human Resources Management Association, 2009
  • Presenter, North Carolina FMLA Update, Council on Education in Management, 2007
  • Presenter, North Carolina FMLA Update, Council on Education in Management, 2005