Overview

Shameka Rolla joined Smith Anderson’s Litigation team after graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law where she was a member of the National Trial Team. Her practice focuses on a wide range of business disputes, including contract and business tort claims, as well as employment disputes, in which she defends employers against claims involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, harassment and civil rights claims.

Shameka enjoys Duke University basketball, live sporting events and travel.

Areas of Focus

Credentials

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2020
    • The Order of Barristers
  • Duke University, B.A., 2017
    • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Bar & Court Admissions

Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Young Lawyers Division, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar

Experience

  • Defend employers against employment claims, including, without limitation, claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, and retaliation, and wage and hour claims.
  • Conduct internal investigations for employers regarding allegations of workplace misconduct, including, without limitation, claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
  • Represented a software company in federal district court in defending against breach of contract claim involving resale of software and related services and pursued numerous counterclaims; successfully obtained orders denying plaintiff’s requests for TRO and preliminary injunction; case dismissed upon reaching a settlement.
  • Successfully obtained a pre-trial dismissal of claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent supervision and retention against corporate clients. 
  • Successfully obtained a contested default judgment after oral argument in state court on behalf of client.
  • Represented an individual against claims of breach of non-competition agreement, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment; successfully defended against motion for TRO; case dismissed upon reaching a settlement.
  • Assist clients in responding to third-party subpoenas.

Insights

Publications & Alerts

Title VII & Color: How Bringing Title VII Cases Under the Protected Class of Color can Further Highlight Colorism in Employment & Society at Large, 10 Wake Forest J.L. & Pol’y 277 (2020)

Events & Programming

  • Co-Presenter, "Navigating Rough Seas: Non-Compete Law in 2023," Smith Anderson's 31st Annual Employment Law Update, Cary, N.C.
    Speaking Engagement
  • Co-Presenter, "Restrictive Covenants and Telehealth Boom," CLE presented by Smith Anderson, Winston-Salem, N.C.
    Speaking Engagement
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