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J. Travis Hockaday

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Jennifer Ragan
Phone: 919.838.2090
jragan@smithlaw.com

Overview

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. 

  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment and Litigation Sections
  • 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 (2008-2012)
  • Member, Society for Human Resources Management
  • Wake County/Tenth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Elder, Grove Presbyterian Church (Active 1999-2005; 2012-Present)
  • Class of 2003 Reunion Representative, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Listed, North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star (Employment Litigation: Defense)

Experience

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
  • Advised a leading CRO in Asia on the employment law aspects of its acquisition of CRO assets in the United States
  • Advised a publicly traded health services company on the employment law aspects of its acquisition of a health services division of a privately held company for $105 million in cash
  • Advised a leading healthcare services provider on the employment law aspects of its $60 million cash acquisition of a global sourcing company
  • 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

Publications

Events & Webinars

Events

  • Presenter, "To Be or Not To Be (An Employer): Developments in Worker Classification Law," NCACPA Symposium
    11.2015
  • Presenter, "Social Media Scramble," Smith Anderson's 23rd Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
    10.2015
  • Panel Moderator, "Today's Top Five Employer Mistakes (and Answers to Questions on Your Mind...)," Smith Anderson's 23rd Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
    10.2015
  • Presenter, "The Legal Ins and Outs of Hiring Troops, Hiring and Employing Troops: Translating and Transitioning Military Culture to Civilian Workplaces," USO of North Carolina's Workshop, Charlotte, N.C.
    03.2015
  • Presenter, "Contractor or Employee? The Million-Dollar Question and the Sometimes 'Clear as Mud' Tests for Classification," Smith Anderson’s 22nd Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
    10.2014
  • Presenter, "Social Media Accounts: Exploring Issues of Ownership and Solicitation," Smith Anderson’s 22nd Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
    10.12.2014
  • Presenter, "North Carolina Unemployment Insurance Reform," Smith Anderson Live Webinar
    02.2014
  • Presenter, "North Carolina Unemployment Insurance Reform," Smith Anderson’s 21st Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
    11.2013
  • Presenter, "Protecting Social Media Accounts and Contacts," Protecting Proprietary Business Assets: Strategies to Safeguard Your Company Seminar at Vaco, Raleigh, N.C.
    10.2013
  • Presenter, "Threats to Confidential Data on Mobile Devices," the NC Association of Defense Attorneys, 2013 Fall Seminar, Greensboro, N.C.
    10.2013
  • Presenter, "Effectively Managing Absences Under the FMLA and the ADA," Smith Anderson Live Webinar
    10.2013
  • Presenter, "From Unemployment to Reemployment: Preparing Your Business for HB4," Smith Anderson and N.C. Chamber Live Webinar
    06.2013
  • 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
    06.2013
  • 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
    06.2013
  • Presenter, "Religion at Work: Best Practices for Avoiding Claims of Discrimination and Handling Requests for Accommodation," Smith Anderson’s 20th Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
    11.2012
  • Presenter, "Be Careful What You Ask For: Recent Developments on Background, Criminal History and Credit Checks," Smith Anderson’s 20th Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
    11.2012
  • Presenter, "North Carolina Update 2011," Smith Anderson’s 19th Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
    11.2011
  • 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

Bar & Court Admissions

  • 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

Education

University of North Carolina, J.D., 2003

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

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