D. Beth Langley

PHONE
Work: 336-232-0658
Work 2: 336-232-0650
Fax: 336-232-0651

EMAIL
blangley@haganbarrett.com

    PRACTICE AREAS

  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Covenants Against Competition
  • Fair Debt and Fair Credit Defense
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Rights and Duties of Officers and Directors
  • Trade Secrets Protection
  • Unfair Competition and Antitrust
  • Civil Rights and Public Accommodations
  • Shareholder and Fiduciary Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
“Clients should look for a trusted advisor who is committed to telling them the truth about their matter – the good, the bad and the ugly – not just what they want to hear. The lawyer should ask the client early on about goals and objectives, so they can develop a legal strategy that is in line with those goals. If a setback occurs, it’s the lawyer’s job to deliver the news immediately and completely, and give an honest evaluation of how the development impacts the established strategy and goals – and then re-assess and re-group.”

 

Beth’s practice is constantly evolving to successfully represent her business and executive clients in employment, business litigation and consumer rights issues as the complexity of the laws in these areas ever increases. From workplace employment compliance, executive compensation, covenants against competition, trade secret protection, harassment and discrimination defense, and the representation of professionals before licensing boards, her experience and acumen in these rapidly changing areas of the law provides an extraordinary level of expertise that is generally unexpected in a firm of our size.

Growing up in a family business, Beth has always been drawn to businesses and the needs of business owners. She double majored in Economics and Politics at Wake Forest University. Before law school, she spent three years working for Life of Georgia in Atlanta, first as a management associate, and then in management positions in the Policyholders Service Division. Through her work with Life of Georgia and its General Counsel’s office, Beth figured out how her love of business could meld with her love of problem solving, and returned to Wake Forest for law school. When Beth won the First –Year Moot Court Competition, arguing the final round before three NC Supreme Court Justices, she found her true calling and was passionately drawn to litigation and the courtroom.

Significant new legislation was argued and passed while Beth was a law student and contemplating her area of specialty. The Anita Hill hearings were going on, the 1991 Amendments to Title VII had just passed, the ADA had just become law, and the FMLA was being debated and would soon be passed. She studied all of the new laws and watched the Anita Hill/Justice Thomas hearings intently. When she started her career at Adams Kleemeier, supportive mentors assigned her to complex employment and civil rights cases that were on the cutting edge of these new laws.

Beth loves her job, even though she admits she has sleepless nights re-thinking strategy and worrying about outcomes that affect her clients’ lives. She considers herself to be blessed to have many clients that have been with her for a long time, returning for legal advice over the years. As a Certified Mediator, Beth especially enjoys the other side of litigation –working with parties and attorneys on both sides of the “v” to resolve conflicts.

Beth takes community responsibility very seriously and has served on many local volunteer boards, with a special focus on education and children. She currently serves on the Human Resources Committee of the United Way of Greater Greensboro and Degrees Matter!, an advisory group dedicated to increasing the number of adults in Guilford County who hold college degrees. She has been very active in the NC Bar Association throughout her career, chairing and serving on several committees.

Beth’s personal life includes leadership positions as a member of Christ United Methodist Church. She tries to spend any free time outdoors — gardening, visiting Ocracoke Island, paddle boarding, and sharing a good laugh with friends and family.

    EDUCATION

  • B.A., cum laude, Wake Forest University, 1986
    • Double Majors in Economics and Politics
    • Omicron Delta  Epsilon, Economics International Honor Society
    • Pi Sigma Alpha, American Political Honor Society
  • J.D., with honors, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1992
    • Editor-in-Chief, Wake Forest Law Review
    • Moot Court Board
    • E. McGruder Faris Award Recipient, presented to law student who exhibited high standards of character, leadership and scholarship
    BAR ADMISSIONS

  • North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
    ACTIVITIES AND RECOGNITIONS

  • NCDRC Certified Mediator – Superior Court
  • Mediator – On panel of US District Courts for Middle, Eastern, and Western Districts of NC
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • North Carolina Bar Association Development Committee, 2010 to present, Committee Chair, 2014 to present
  • North Carolina Bar Association Administration of Justice Committee, 2010 to present
  • Wake Forest University School of Law Board of Visitors, 2007-2012
  • Magistrate Judge Selection Panel, United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2011
  • Chair, Labor & Employment Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association, 2002
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Guilford County Bar Association
  • Former adjunct professor of law, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in North Carolina by Super Lawyers magazine, 2012 and 2013
  • Recognized as a “Best Lawyers in America” in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Employment Law – Management
  • Recognized as a “North Carolina Super Lawyer” in the area of Employment & Labor by Super Lawyers magazine, every year since 2009
  • Recognized by Business North Carolina among the “Legal Elite” of employment attorneys in North Carolina every year since 2004
  • Recognized as a “2008 Top Lawyer” for Business in the Triad Region by Business Leader magazine
    RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES

  • Federal Legislative Update, Scott Insurance CFO/CPA Risk Management Conference, November 13, 2013.
  • Updates on the EEOC Guidance on Arrest and Conviction Records and the Fair Credit Reporting Act, The HR Group and FirstPoint, Inc., August 7, 2013.
  • Essentials of Employment Agreements, North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, May 18, 2012.
  • Understanding the New EEOC Guidance on Arrest and Conviction Records, FirstPoint, Inc. Webinar, May 23, 2012.
  • What Employers Need to Know About the EEOC Guidance on Arrest and Conviction Records and the Fair Credit Reporting Act, The HR Group and FirstPoint, Inc., October 3, 2012.
  • Social Media and Electronic Communications, the Top 10 to Win (or Be Left in the Dust), Greensboro Merchants Association, January 14, 2010.
  • Best Practices to Avoid Employment Claims, Scott Insurance Company Executive Conference, November 19, 2009.
  • Not-for-Profit Board Governance: Legal Liability and Responsibilities, September 26, 2009.
  • The Supreme Court Changes the Legal Landscape: How Ricci v. DeStefano Affects Employers, Hagan Davis Client Seminar, September 24, 2009.
  • Essentials of Employment Agreements, North Carolina Bar Association Business Law Section – Basics of Business Law, May 16, 2008.
    COMMUNITY

  • United Way of Greater Greensboro Human Resources Committee, 2010 to present
  • Degrees Matter!, a cross sector of community partners working collectively to increase talent and college degree holders in Guilford County, North Carolina, 2013 to present
  • Christ United Methodist Church, Staff Parish Relations Committee, 2009 -2012
  • Christ United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees, 2007-2009
  • Foster Friends of North Carolina, Board of Directors, 2011-2012
  • Participated in two home rebuilding mission trips in Biloxi, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina
  • Bethany Community Middle School, Board of Directors, 2001-2003