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Patrick D. Lawler

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Jacqueline Williams
Phone: 919.838.2050


Patrick Lawler is an associate in Smith Anderson’s Employment, Labor and Human Resources practice group. Patrick advises clients in a variety of industries on a broad range of employment issues, including developing effective policies and procedures and providing risk management advice. He assists in identifying and managing employment-related issues in mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and other corporate transactions. In addition, Patrick defends employers from claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, unfair trade practices and other business-related claims.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Patrick was an associate in the Raleigh office of a global labor and employment law firm. 

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Aycock-Poe Scholarship
  • North Carolina Law Review (2012-2013)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2018-2019)



  • Advised a multinational Fortune 500 provider of product development and integrated healthcare services on employment-related matters in its merger with a NYSE-listed global information and technology services company, creating a leading information and tech-enabled healthcare service provider. The equity market capitalization of the joined companies was more than $17.6 billion at closing.
  • Advised a company specializing in technological pharmaceutical solutions on employment-related matters in a definitive agreement to acquire a company specializing in customized pharmaceutical reimbursement-based programs.

News & Publications

Events & Webinars


  • Co-Presenter, "Shifting Sands in Labor Law: A Review of Recent Developments Under the New NLRB,” Smith Anderson 26th Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Handling Unemployment Insurance Claims and Appeals Hearings: Employer Do's and Don'ts," Smith Anderson's 25th Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina


University of North Carolina, J.D., with honors, 2014

University of North Carolina, B.A., 2009

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