Nicole Haynes, Esq.
In March 2019, Nicole Haynes professionally reconnected with Van Kampen Law, PC, the mentor firm she clerked with from 2013-2014. Nicole is one of only 2.5% of attorneys in North Carolina to be selected to the SuperLawyers Rising Stars list, an honor she received in 2018, 2019, and 2020.
Nicole takes pride in providing her clients quality representation in all areas of labor and employment law, including: navigating current workplace dilemmas; negotiating employment contracts, severance agreements, and non-competes; attending mediations and arbitrations; and pursuing legal claims in court. She has experience representing clients who have been subjected to workplace discrimination or retaliation because of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, and disability as well as those who have been retaliated for whistleblowing, raising workplace safety concerns, or for taking a protected leave of absence. Nicole enjoys working with clients from all walks of life and economic backgrounds and understands that employees at every level, from hourly to executive, experience unlawful treatment at work.
Prior to joining Van Kampen Law as a senior associate, Nicole practiced with the Charlotte office of Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP, a premier management-side labor and employment law boutique firm based in Los Angeles, California. During her four years as a management-side attorney, Nicole represented clients nation-wide before the National Labor Relations Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also provided daily advice to human resource departments regarding legal compliance—specifically, compliance with discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and traditional labor laws—and worked tirelessly to ensure employers lawfully managed their workforces. Nicole is also credentialed as having experience with family law litigation. Her exposure to both plaintiff and defense representation allows Nicole to use a holistic approach to bridge the communication gap between businesses and individuals.
Nicole’s passion for labor and employment law dates back to her law school career where she was mentored and inspired by her labor and employment law and appellate advocacy professors. While in law school, she completed the Employment Law Certificate program and participated as an executive member of the Moot Court Honor Board in addition to acting as a senior articles’ editor of the Charlotte Law Review. Nicole also received an outstanding legal writing award from the National Order of Scribes and was a quarter-finalist at the Robert F. Wagner Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition.
Nicole was born and raised in Wyoming and attended the University of Wyoming where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her small town Rocky Mountain upbringing instilled in her the values of hard work, cooperation, and pride in her community which she has carried through to her volunteer work with Ascension Lutheran Church’s outreach program and as a volunteer for Lucky Pup Rescue, South Carolina. Nicole moved to North Carolina in 2010 and has called Charlotte home since 2011. She, her husband, and their three dogs enjoy camping, softball, and DIY projects. When Nicole is not partaking in her favorite past-time as an avid reader, she enjoys moonlighting as a party planner.
Memberships and Leadership Positions
North Carolina State Bar, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
Federal Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section
Mecklenburg County Bar – Labor and Employment Law Section
Scholarly Lectures and Writings
“Federal Employment Discrimination Laws,” North Carolina Bar Association Basics of Employment Law Program, February 2020
“Wage and Benefits Issues,” NBI Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now, November 2019
“Employment Law Update,” NBI Human Resource Law From A to Z Seminar, November 2018
“What Every Non-Labor Lawyer Should Know About Labor Law,” Mecklenburg County Bar Labor and Employment Law Program, February 2018