Professional Work History:
Danae is an engaging, persistent, and creative mediator, with a thorough understanding of individual and corporate interests. She is a Superior Court Mediator certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and has been mediating employment related matters since 2006. Danae brings a unique perspective to the table as she has experience as an in-house lawyer representing a large local government and publicly traded companies in the energy and financial sectors. She has also represented companies of a variety of sizes and non-profits as well as individuals and labor unions. Danae served as Chair of the North Carolina Bar Associations' Dispute Resolution Section during the 2014-2015 term.
EMPLOYMENT LAW EXPERIENCE
WOODWARD & WOODWARD PLLC (formerly Danae C. Woodward, PLLC) - Charlotte NC 2006-present
Attorney and Mediator
We represent both employees and employers and have been mediating employment disputes since 2006. Our employer clients include national and multi-national companies of all sizes, local governments, and non-profits for which we provide oversight on discrete projects as well as enterprise-wide employment practices. We also represent executives and individuals in all aspects of employment and compensation matters with a special emphasis on executive agreements and related negotiations. We seek cooperative, negotiated, collaborative, and mediated solutions which efficiently meet our clients' needs and protect their interests.
Consulting services provided to:
WELLS FARGO & COMPANY - Provided Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity management consulting services to the Corporate Employee Relations team. (2011).
WACHOVIA CORPORATION - Provided legal consulting services to the Legal Division Employment Team supporting retail banking and brokerage, asset and wealth management, corporate and investment banking, and international operations. (2007, 2008)
MECKLENBURG COUNTY GOVERNMENT, County Manager's Office - Charlotte NC 2012-2015
Senior Associate Attorney
Advised senior management on the prevention and resolution of employment based internal disputes, civil lawsuits, and administrative agency charges.
DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION - Charlotte NC 1998-2006
Assistant General Counsel 2004 - 2006
Senior Counsel 1999 - 2004
Counsel 1998 - 1999
Office of General Counsel, Labor & Employment Department
Employment litigation counsel with responsibility for advising senior management on the prevention and resolution of employment and labor law-based internal disputes, civil lawsuits, and administrative agency charges. Internal clients included business units in the nuclear facility, power generation, engineering services, and real estate development sectors with represented and non-represented employees located throughout the US and Canada.
SINGLETON, GENDLER & TERRASA, Baltimore MD 1995-1998
Litigation associate for boutique firm representing multiple labor unions, individuals, and small businesses.
GOODALL & DAVISON, P.C., Austin TX 1992-1994
Litigation associate focused on commercial, real estate, employment, and oil and gas litigation.
Dispute Resolution Experience
Danae has been mediating employment matters since 2006. Disputes have involved Title VII (harassment, discrimination and retaliation), Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, restrictive covenants, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and attorney-client fee disputes.
Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)
Cornell University ILR School, The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution 4-Day Employment Law and Workplace Mediation Training Program (October 16 - 19, 2017)
Other Dispute Resolution Training
40-hour Beason & Ellis Dispute Resolution Training Program, Durham, NC (2006)
Getting Beyond Impasse in the Mediation of Insured Claims, Mediation, Inc., Raleigh, NC (2009)
Regularly attend North Carolina Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section's annual one-day CLE
Supreme Court of Texas, 1992 (inactive)
Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1995 (inactive)
Court of Appeals of North Carolina, 2000
US District Court for the Western District of NC, 2000
North Carolina Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Legislative Liaison
North Carolina Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section (Multiple Positions between 2006 and 2016, including Chair for the 2014-2015 Term)
Mecklenburg County Bar Association Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
Global Collaborative Law Counsel for Collaborative Dispute Resolution
Women Lawyers of Charlotte
Juris Doctorate - Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Arts, Economics - University of Texas, Austin, TX
Private Mediations - $375/hour