With over 25 years of experience, Woody Lay focuses his practice on employment, ERISA, non-competition, trade secret, and commercial litigation matters.
Woody has extensive knowledge of ERISA litigation issues as he routinely advises and defends employers and plan administrators against ERISA denial of benefit and breach of fiduciary duty claims under all types of benefit plans, including claims involving executive compensation, pension eligibility and calculation issues, and elimination or modification of retiree health care coverage.
Woody also advises clients on the investigation, discipline and termination of all levels of employees; wage and hour issues; whistleblower allegations; joint employment and independent contractor issues; restructuring, layoffs, and shutdown of facilities, including advice on the WARN act and severance issues; harassment or discrimination complaints; employee attendance or leave issues under FMLA, ADA, state workers’ compensation laws, and ERISA benefit plans; workplace fatalities, OSHA investigations; and employment agreements, including severance, non-competition and confidentiality agreements.
Woody is recognized in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America, and is the Managing Partner of O’Hagan Meyer’s Charlotte, North Carolina office. He obtained is law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he was Editor of the Law Review, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.