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
DOL Final Rule on Joint Employer Status

DOL Final Rule on Joint Employer Status

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR HAS BEEN HARD AT WORK.Right on the heels of its Final Rule on Overtime, the DOL just issued its Final Rule on Joint Employer Status. What does that mean for you,  Average Joe Employer? Maybe nothing. However, if you’re an...

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New Year, New 2020 Laws for Employers

New Year, New 2020 Laws for Employers

Anyone having trouble remembering to write “2020”? Even though you know it’s coming, that’s one New Year’s change that never ceases to catch people by surprise. Just as you can count on having to scribble through the errant “2019” for the next few weeks, employers can count on a flurry of new employment laws and regulations to trip them up in this year’s first few weeks.

Let’s ring in the new calendar year with a couple of new laws employers should expect to encounter in early 2020:

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A Holiday Message For Employers

A Holiday Message For Employers

It’s an oldie, but a goodie – the lawyer Christmas card invoking dry legal-speak without overpromising – and just more support for the notion that lawyers truly are the fun police. While I’m not here to set

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Department of Labor Updated Overtime Rule

Department of Labor Updated Overtime Rule

It looks like it could be a very Happy New Year for nearly 1.5 million workers come January 1, 2020. On September 25, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released its final overtime rule which calls for a significant – though not as significant as originally proposed under the Obama administration – increase to the minimum salary threshold for overtime eligibility.

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