Bar Admissions

North Carolina


Harvard Law School, J.D., 1980; Member, Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review; Vice President, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

Wake Forest University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1977, Phi Beta Kappa


Charles Johnson is an experienced litigator and counselor who concentrates his practice in complex employment and labor and commercial disputes. He has represented companies in a wide variety of employment and commercial cases in federal and state courts, on appeal and before administrative agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor. He also regularly counsels employers on labor and employment issues. 

In recent years, Charles has litigated cases involving class and individual claims of employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, and violations of federal and state wage and hour laws. He has also represented employers and individuals in cases involving employment contracts, covenants not to compete, misappropriation of trade secrets, constitutional issues and collective bargaining rights.

A tenacious and persuasive advocate, Charles has conducted numerous jury trials and arbitrations, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each step of the litigation process. In one recent case, a physician asserted 11 claims — ranging from breach of contract to violation of the First Amendment — against the hospital where he formerly worked. On behalf of the hospital, Charles argued and prevailed on summary judgment and in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on all claims.

Honors & Awards


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable James B. McMillan, U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1980-81



News & Events





Professional Affiliations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, McMillan Fellowship Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Council, 1996-99
  • American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, Legal Committee and Past President

Community Affiliations

  • The Diversity Forum, Board of Directors
  • WFAE, Board of Directors, 2016-21
Main Menu