Taylor Dewberry joined Smith Anderson in 2017. She is an associate in Smith Anderson’s Employment, Labor and Human Resources practice group. Her practice focuses on employment-related counseling and defending employers against claims involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, harassment and civil rights claims. She has represented clients in state and federal courts and agencies throughout North Carolina.
Professional & Community Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- District 9 Representative, Young Lawyers Division
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Division, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2018-2022)
- Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Division, Disaster Legal Services Committee
- Wake County Bar Association
- Executive Board Member, Black Law Students Association
Honors & Awards
- Best Lawyers®, "Ones to Watch," Labor and Employment Law – Management (2022)
- The National Black Lawyers Top 100, Top 40 Under 40 (2020)
- Executive Notes Editor, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
- Advised a Nasdaq-listed pharmaceutical development company in the acquisition of a specialty dermatology company for up to $51 million in up-front and contingent consideration.
- Advised a global contract research organization and drug development services company in a transaction to acquire a provider of mobile-connected self-service platform solutions for decentralized clinical trials that included cross-border employment issues for employees and contractors located in Europe and India.
- Advised a life sciences company on its acquisition of a clinical manufacturing facility for an undisclosed amount.
- Advised a specialty pharmaceutical company in its acquisition of a private pharmaceutical company focusing on pediatric medications.
- Advised a leading contract research organization on the employment law aspects of a definitive agreement to acquire a provider of contract research, clinical and regulatory and other consulting services.
- Defended employers against claims involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour, and civil rights claims.
- Represented clients in investigations conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- Presented on workplace issues, such as recruiting, onboarding and sexual harassment law.
- Conducted an internal investigation into workplace harassment.
News & Publications
- Best Lawyers® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Recognizes 98 Smith Anderson Attorneys in Latest PublicationBest Lawyers®, 08.18.2022
- Smith Anderson Attorneys’ Presentation to N.C. State Football Team Wins National Public Service Award08.16.2022
- Hitting a New Milestone - 100 Members of Smith Anderson’s Legal Team Recognized by Best Lawyers® and Best Lawyers: Ones to WatchBest Lawyers, 08.19.2021
- The National Black Lawyers, 08.10.2020
- Employee Privacy Laws: North Carolina03.18.2020Practical Law™ Labor & Employment
- Note – Title VII and African American Hair: A Clash of Cultures, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Vol 54
- Presenter, “Fostering LGBTQ+ Equity, Inclusion and Belonging: Past, Present and Future” North Carolina Bar Association CLE, Cary, N.C.02.23.2022
- Co-Panelist, "Hot (Non-COVID-19) Topics in Employment Law," Smith Anderson 29th Annual Employment Law Update, Virtual10.26.2021
- Panel Member, "Hot Topics in Employment Law,” Smith Anderson 28th Annual Employment Law Update, Virtual10.13.2020
- Co-Presenter, "Good Trouble: Making It Good, Avoiding the Trouble," Smith Anderson 28th Annual Employment Law Update10.13.2020
- Co-Presenter, "Boomers, Bots and Gen Z," Smith Anderson 27th Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.11.2019
- Co-Panelist, "Panel Discussion - Hot Topics in Employment Law," Smith Anderson 27th Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.11.2019
- Co-Presenter, "The Post-#MeToo Era: Emerging Trends & Best Practices,” Smith Anderson 26th Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.11.14.2018
Bar & Court Admissions
- North Carolina
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
- Washington University School of Law, cum laude, J.D., 2017
- Stanford University, B.A., with honors, American Studies with a minor in African-American Studies, 2014
- Judicial Intern, Chief Justice Mark Martin, North Carolina Supreme Court
- Judicial Intern, Judge James A. Wynn Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit