Kerry Shad Awarded 2015 Women in Business Award

Raleigh, N.C. – Kerry Shad, a partner in Smith Anderson’s Employment, Labor and Human Resources practice, is one of 26 female leaders across the Research Triangle region to be awarded the Triangle Business Journal’s (TBJ) 2015 Women in Business Award. The Women in Business Award recognizes Triangle-based women who have proven to be dynamic and outstanding leaders with established track records of significant accomplishments in business and/or community service. The judges, a mixture of Triangle business leaders and TBJ staffers, poured through nearly 100 entries to select the 2015 class of winners. 

“Kerry gives credit where credit is due, she sticks her neck out when necessary and provides an incredible amount of support and guidance to our younger attorneys, and is a role model for all. She is, in a word, inspiring.” – Kim Korando, head of Smith Anderson’s Employment, Labor and Human Resources practice.

About Kerry Shad

Kerry's practice focuses on representing employers in all types of employment-related litigation. Over the last several years, she has focused on wage and hour investigations and disputes. Most notably, Kerry was part of the defense team that successfully represented GlaxoSmithKline in a case that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court where the issue was whether pharmaceutical sales representatives are exempt as outside sales people under the FLSA. She also regularly defends employers against EEOC charges and lawsuits involving alleged discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Kerry has been recognized as a leading employment lawyer by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America©, Business North Carolina “Legal Elite” and North Carolina Super Lawyers.  Within the Firm, Kerry serves on a number of leadership committees, including the Compensation and Recruiting Committees, as well as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee. For more information, visit Kerry’s bio at

About Smith Anderson

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