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Susan Milner Parrott

AA Contact Info

Claire Dodd
Phone: 919.821.6693


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.

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    - Personnel Committee, Past 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

  • 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 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 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

News & Publications


Events & Webinars



  • Co-Presenter, "A Case Study: Navigating Performance Issues in Light of the Minefield of Overlapping Laws on Mandatory Leave, Disability and Discrimination,” Smith Anderson 26th Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
  • Co-Presenter, "Evolving Leave Trends: Employer Challenges with Unlimited or Discretionary Leave, Paid Parental Leave and Mandatory Paid Sick Leave,” Smith Anderson 26th Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
  • Presenter, "Understanding the Department of Labor Proposed Overtime Changes," The City Club, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Co-Presenter, "Wage and Hour Update: New Rules, New Interpretations and More," Smith Anderson’s 23rd Annual Employment Law Update
  • Presenter, "Wage and Hour Update: What’s New and What May Be Coming," Smith Anderson’s 22nd Annual Employment Law Update
  • Presenter, "Wage and Hour Update: What’s New and What May Be Coming," Smith Anderson’s 22nd Annual Employment Law Update
  • 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
  • Presenter, "Recent Developments Regarding the FLSA, Worker Misclassification and DOL Rule Changes," Smith Anderson’s 19th Annual Employment Law Update
  • Presenter, "Fair Labor Standards Act: Exemptions and Recent Court Decisions," Smith Anderson’s 18th Annual Employment Law Update
  • Presenter, "Emerging Issues Under the Fair Labor Standards Act," Smith Anderson’s 17th Annual Employment Law Update
  • Presenter, "Wage and Hour: Hot Topics," Smith Anderson’s 16th Annual Employment Law Update
  • Presenter, "Fair Labor Standards Act: Highlights and New Cases," Smith Anderson’s 15th Annual Employment Law Update

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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