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Bridget A. Blinn-Spears

Counsel
+1.919.743.7350
Fax +1.919.743.7358

Bridget A. Blinn-Spears, counsel in the Raleigh office of K&L Gates, focuses her practice on employment and labor litigation, client counseling and investigations, employment and restrictive covenant agreements, and due diligence in support of corporate deals. She has experience defending claims of various kinds of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation/whistleblowing claims under both state and federal laws. She also handles tort claims against individual defendants. Her experience also includes defense of class actions under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. She defends her clients in both state and federal court, as well as in administrative actions.

She also provides counseling to clients regarding employment decisions related to managing complex discipline and termination scenarios, assisting clients to solve problems in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, including Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various other federal and state laws impacting employment relationships. She also conducts investigations into employee complaints of discrimination and harassment or other whistleblowing claims.

Ms. Blinn-Spears regularly drafts employment agreements for executives and other key employees, including protection of trade secrets and confidential information, as well as restrictive covenants prohibiting competition and solicitation. She litigates both the enforcement and defense of these agreements on behalf of corporate clients.

Achievements

  • Recognized as Texas Super Lawyers: Rising Star 2011
  • Recognized as North Carolina Super Lawyers: Rising Star 2014-2016

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Texas Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Discrimination and Leave Issues in the Hospitality Industry,” K&L Gates Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety Webinar Series, July 2016
  • “Implementing USDOL’s New Minimum Salary Requirements for White-Collar Exemptions,” K&L Gates Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety Webinar, June 2016
  • “Leveraging the USDOL’s Proposed White Collar Exemption Changes: What Employers Should Be Doing Now,” K&L Gates Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety Webinar, April 2016
  • Panel Moderator, “Considering Confidentiality: the SEC’s KBR Order Intensifies Complex Company Communications with Secret Keepers and Whistleblowers,” K&L Gates “Under the Wire” CLE Seminar, February 2016
  • “Assessing Independent Contractor Relationships: Can They Survive the USDOL’s Interpretation?,” K&L Gates Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety Webinar, September 2015
  • “Human Resources Law: What You Need to Know,” National Business Institute
  • Author and Presenter, “Beyond the Locker Room: Bullying in the Workplace,” K&L Gates Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety Webinar, February 2014