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Kenneth P. Carlson, Jr.

Partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Ken Carlson is a senior litigator who has successfully defended companies in virtually every aspect of employment law. He also has a strong practice in drafting employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, and noncompetition agreements, combined with a significant amount of work involving trade secret and noncompetition law. In addition to his litigation practice, Ken regularly advises employers on how to avoid problems before they occur, and helps companies protect their intellectual property by developing trade secret protection programs. Ken is also a certified mediator with an emphasis on mediating employment-related disputes, and is an adjunct professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law where he teaches courses in trial practice and trade secrets/unfair competition. He is a frequent speaker at corporate training and continuing education seminars throughout North Carolina, and has published numerous articles through the years on various employment law topics.

About Me

What honors or awards have you received?
Ken is consistently named to Business North Carolina’s annual “Legal Elite” for employment law, to the list of North Carolina “Super Lawyers,” and to the Best Lawyers in America for labor & employment law and alternative dispute resolution.
What publications have you contributed to?
Employment Law Mediations: Boldly Going Where Many Have Gone Before, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Docket, June 2012

The Road to Redemption: Saving North Carolina Noncompete Law From Itself, Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law, Spring 2012

To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate -- Is That The Question?, North Carolina Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting & CLE, March 20, 2009

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Association Position
American Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association
Winston-Salem Society for Human Resources Management
Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the NC Bar Association Council Member


School Degree Graduation Year
Wake Forest University School of Law J.D. 1990
Yale Divinity School Master of Divinity 1981
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill B.A., English Literature 1976

Contact Information

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

100 N Cherry St STE 300
Winston Salem, NC 27101