Kathleen K. Lucchesi


866.393.6043 (fax)

A good lawyer knows the law, but a great lawyer knows the judge.

In reality, great lawyers don’t just “know” the judge, they know the law specific to the Court, the local rules and practices, and the judge’s preferences and pet peeves. A lawyer who takes the time to know a judge in these ways is better prepared for Court and can better communicate a legal argument because she “knows her audience.”

I’m an employment lawyer; so for me, it’s all about relationships. When you take the time to build relationships and know your audience, you can get to the heart of a problem much more quickly. That’s why I take the time to get to know each of my clients – so I can effectively and efficiently get to the best resolution of their legal issues and identify and develop the necessary policies and best practices to avoid similar problems in the future.

Look – nobody loves a trial like a trial lawyer, it’s true. When you get to know your clients like I do, you know creative solutions outside of litigation are often a better resolution than going through the time and expense of a trial. But, when all roads lead to the courtroom, I know the judge.

  • University of Mississippi – J.D. (cum laude), 1997
  • University of Indianapolis – B.S. in Communications (cum laude), 1990
Bar & Court Admissions
  • North Carolina 1997
  • North Carolina State Courts
  • United States Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • North Carolina State Bar Association
  • National Association For Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (“NAMWOLF”), Co-Editor, NAMWOLF Newsletter (2017-2020)
  • National Association For Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (“NAMWOLF”), Labor and Employment Practice Area Committee (2017-19)
  • National Association For Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (“NAMWOLF”), Trial Practice Area Committee (2017-18)
Community Involvement
  • The 24 Foundation (formerly 24 Hours of Booty)
  • Girls on the Run Charlotte, Past Board Chair
  • Girls on the Run International, Past Board Member
  • Susan G. Komen Charlotte, Board Member (2011 – 2017)
Awards & Achievements
  • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine – Labor & Employment, 2018-2020
  • Chambers USA Recognized Practitioner – Labor & Employment, 2017-2019
  • AV Peer Review Rating – Martindale Hubbell
Vaccines and Going Back to Work – Guide for Employers

Vaccines and Going Back to Work – Guide for Employers

Working from home and that work-from-home fashion staple, sweatpants have become the norm for millions of American workers since mid-March 2020. With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout finally picking up some steam, many employers are either gearing up to safely bring employees back to work or looking for ways to keep those already working onsite healthy. In both cases, the COVID vaccine is likely to be a big factor.

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$8 Million Awarded to Lincoln Derr Client

$8 Million Awarded to Lincoln Derr Client

North Carolina Federal Jury Awards $8 to Lincoln Derr Client Lincoln Derr Attorney Kathleen (Kathi) Lucchesi teamed with attorney Kerry L. Traynum of Scufca Law to represent a plaintiff they argued was rendered uninsurable by the negligent reporting of incorrect...

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Congress Passes the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020

Congress Passes the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020

Congress is Down with PPP If you’re an employer still trying to stay afloat amidst the Coronavirus restrictions, Congress has just passed you a lifeline. Last week the House voted 417-1 and just last night, the Senate unanimously passed the Paycheck Protection Program...

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IRS Tax Credit Guidance – FFCRA Compliance

IRS Tax Credit Guidance – FFCRA Compliance

No Joke – The FFCRA Goes Into Effect Today The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) passed by Congress and signed into law on March 18, 2020 goes into effect today. That means employers must immediately begin complying with the paid sick leave and...

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