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Margaret (Meg) Behringer Maloney
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Charlotte, NC





The founder of Maloney Law & Associates, PLLC, Meg Maloney serves clients in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. She focuses her practice on employment law and her services include the following: representation in general litigation on employment issues, advice on incentive and severance plans, executive counseling, training and support for state and federal compliance of labor law, creation of employment-related agreements, counsel during company changes related to employment law, wage and hour violations, representation in whistleblower and discrimination cases, and representation in employment contract disputes.

In 1982, Ms. Maloney received a Bachelor of Science in philosophy from Northwestern University, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She attended Duke University School of Law, and during her studies she was the winner of the school's moot court competition. In 1985, Ms. Maloney graduated with her Juris Doctor.

For over 15 years, Ms. Maloney has worked with corporations, assisting them with their employment law matters and now works with plaintiffs as well. She has been named one of the legal elite employment law attorneys in the state of North Carolina and honored as one of the best lawyers among her peers. The Mecklenburg County Bar presented her with its pro bono award, and she was honored as one of the 50 most influential women by The Mecklenburg Times in 2012 and Leaders in the Law by Lawyers Weekly in 2015.

Involvement in the legal and local community is important to Ms. Maloney. She is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Women Executives, Charlotte Women Attorneys, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Ms. Maloney served as president and board member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and has held positions on boards and committees for various organizations. She has represented both the Charlotte and Union County Humane Societies on a variety of matters, and has handled cases to terminate ownership of persons who abuse or neglect animals in their care.  She is a committed supporter of the arts and Charlotte Ballet.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment and Labor Law Counseling, including:
  • Discrimination
  • Wrongful termination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Severance and separation benefit negotiation
  • Litigation
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Wage and hour
  • Termination, separation and benefits
  • Executive counseling
  • Whistleblower and qui tam actions
  • Mediation
  • ADA/Disability Rights

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1986


  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1985
    • Honors: Winner of Moot Court Competition
  • Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
    • B.S. - 1982
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Philosophy

Honors and Awards

  • Selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of: Labor Law - Union and Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Elected to Business North Carolina Magazine's, Legal Elite in the Category of Employment Law
  • Selected for Publication in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Pro Bono Award
  • Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women Award, 2012
  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in North Carolina, 2014 – 2016, 2018, 2019
  • Recognized as one of the Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2014
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law Honoree, 2015
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
  • Received the highest peer rating of professional excellence on Martindale-Hubble, “AV Preeminent”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Former President and Board Member
  • Community School of the Arts, Former Board Member
  • Women Executives of Charlotte, Member
  • Charlotte Women's Bar Association, Former Board Member and North Carolina Association for Women Attorneys Liaison
  • Strategic Leadership of the Carolinas, Former Legal Committee Chair
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Employment Law Section Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • National Employment Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

  • First Union Corporation, Senior Vice President, 1996 to 2001
  • First Union Corporation, Legal Division, Senior Employment Law Counsel, 1996 to 2001
  • First Union Women's Advisory Board for Marketing and Product Development, Member, 1985 to 1986
  • Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, Associate then Partner/Member, 1985 to 1996

Pro Bono Activities

  • Pro Bono Assistance, Legal Services for Southern Piedmont
  • Humane Society of Union County
  • WDNC Pro Se Settlement Assistance Program