Louis L. Lesesne Jr.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Lou Lesesne was raised in a small town in South Carolina, graduated from Davidson College in 1967, served three years active duty service in the US Navy, including a year as an intelligence officer in Vietnam, and graduated from Boston University Law School in 1973. Lou has practiced in Charlotte since 1975. In 1981, he founded the firm that became Lesesne & Connette, which merged with Essex Richards in 2005.
Lou's practice concentrates on employment and labor law. He regularly represents both employees and management, both in the private and public sectors, on matters involving executive contracts and compensation, non-compete agreements, benefits, sexual harassment, whistle-blowing, race, gender, religion and disability discrimination.
Lou is certified as a mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. He finds that mediation provides a means for focusing on creative ways to resolve complex issues.
He has been consistently recognized by his peers as a top lawyer in the field of employment law, including Business North Carolina magazine's annual Legal Elite, "The Best Lawyers in America", Charlotte Magazine and North Carolina Super Lawyers.
Areas of Practice:
- Executive Contracts and Compensation
- Non-Compete Agreements
- Sexual Harassment
- Race, Gender, Religion, Age and Disability Discrimination
- Boston University School of Law, 1973 J.D.
- Davidson College, 1967. B.A.
- Best Lawyers in America: included for more than 20 years, including 1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 editions, in the field of employment law.
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (Recognized in years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 as one of the Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers and in 2013 as one of the Top 25 Charlotte Super Lawyers).
Legal Elite in every year since 2002, in Business North Carolina Magazine for Employment Law, including being top vote getter in 2007, and being recognized in subsequent years in the Hall of Fame.