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Vanderbilt University, J.D., 2016; Student Writing Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

University of Alabama, B.A., magna cum laude, 2012


Akya Rice focuses her litigation practice on employment disputes and counseling. She has experience in both state and federal courts with employment discrimination and wage-and-hour claims under state and federal statutes including Title VII, the ADA, the FMLA, the ADEA, the FLSA and the NCEEPA. Akya also advises clients on internal investigations, conducts client trainings on diversity and harassment, and drafts employment-related policies and procedures. She also represent clients in general corporate and business litigation matters.

Before joining Robinson Bradshaw, Akya was an attorney at Ogletree Deakins.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2021-24; Nominating Committee, 2022; Pipeline Subcommittee, 2020-22; Linking Lawyers Committee, 2020-22
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Pathfinder, 2022
  • Women Lawyers of Charlotte, Sponsorship Co-Chair, 2021-22
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Bar Leadership Institute, Class of 2020

Community Affiliations

  • Carolina Refugee and Resettlement Agency, Financial Literacy Program Instructor, 2020-21
  • Junior Achievement of Alabama, Junior Board Member, 2017-18
  • Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Junior Board Member, 2017-18
  • Workshops, Inc., Junior Board Member, 2016-18
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