|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2002||03/25/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2012|
|Teaching Fellow||University of North Carolina||N/A|
|Association of Fundraising Professionals||Outstanding Emerging Philanthropist||N/A|
|Partner||Essex Richards, PA||2010 - Present|
|Assistant General Counsel||LendingTree, LLC||2007 - 2009|
|Associate||Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman||2004 - 2007|
|Associate||Alston & Bird, LLP||2001 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Bar Association||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Charlotte Viewpoint||Dangerous Use of Pronouns||2013|
|Lawyers Weekly||Everything I learned About Being a Lawyer I Learned in Retail||2013|
|Charlotte Observer||What Charlotte's Public Art Says About Wow We View World||2013|
|Lawyer Weekly||Savoring the good times can breed more success||2011|
|Lawyer Weekly||Lawyers operate in different universe from clients||2011|
|Lawyer Weekly||Telling Your Client's Story||2010|
|Lawyer Weekly||Pitching an expedient white lie can create lasting skepticism||2010|
|Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington||N/A||JD||2001|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||Education, History, Political Science||BA||1997|
|Continuing Legal Education||Lessons Learned from a Litigator||2012|
Posted by anonymous
Marc Gustafson was a terrific support for me though a severance negotiation. He fully explained the details of the agreement and ensured that I understood my options. Marc regularly communicated the status of the project (even when he was on vacation!) and maintained sufficient pressure to keep the negotiations moving at a steady pace. The results were very positive. I strongly recommend Marc for helping with employment issues.
Posted by anonymous
I came across Marc like many of you who are looking for an attorney for an important matter that possibly showed up unknowingly in your life. I spoke to several attorneys before hiring Marc based on my gut instinct. He is an avid listener, understands the nature of your problem by asking you many questions. If he decides to represent you, he will offer many possible solutions along with the possible consequences associated with each particular way of moving forward.
My case required understanding of employment law and solid negotiation skill sets. Marc really used his legal knowledge throughout the process and suggested several steps along the process that was well thought out. My ex-employer had retained legal counsel from a very large firm who played dirty and used sneaky techniques, however Marc played it like Garry Kasparov (who is one of the best Chess players of all times and could think several steps ahead). He will also follow up to make sure that all bases are covered and will keep you updated on the entire process.
He is expensive but worth the price; you pay what you get. He is honest and will be upfront with you if he is not happy about something and I really appreciate that. You don't want a yes man who is just doing what you ask him to do. Marc will put himself on the line if he believes in you, sadly a characteristic not many "IVY" league attorneys demonstrate these days. One other thing that I liked about him is that he doesn't try to use "scare" tactics that most of these attorneys will use to get business from you.
He has my thumbs up and I wish him best of luck in all his future ventures.
Posted by Matt
I met with Marc shortly after being laid off from a company for which I had worked over 20 years. It was a very difficult time in my life and I asked Marc to review the severance agreement I received before I signed it. He was great. I found Marc very easy to talk to and I found his advice very help. At his recommendation, I asked for and received the money necessary to extend my COBRA benefits from one month to 4 months, which meant I received an additional $4,200 in severance. That was more than ten times what I paid for the consultation with Marc and it was something I would never have thought to do without his input. I would recommend Marc to anyone who gets laid off.