Hayley R. Wells

Alcoholic Beverage and Employment Attorney
828.348.6018 828.348.6077
Post Office Box 2020, Asheville, NC 28802-2020

Hayley's practice primarily focuses on labor and employment law and alcoholic beverage law.  She regularly advises individual and corporate clients in matters of covenants not to compete, employment discrimination, discipline and termination, harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour matters, personnel policies and procedures, and preparation of employee handbooks and employment agreements.  Hayley also advises brewery and craft alcoholic beverage clients in various aspects of the law, including permitting, negotiation and preparation of distribution agreements, enforcement actions, interpretative guidance, music licensing, and personnel matters.


  • J.D., cum laude, The University of Georgia School of Law, 2008.  Editorial Board member, Journal of International and Comparative Law.
  • M.B.A., The University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, 2005
  • B.A., cum laude, International Business, The University of Georgia, 2001

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defend employers in U.S. Department of Labor, N.C. Department of Labor, and Equal Employment Opportunity Investigations
  • Representation of lender in deficiency action with related lender liability claims resulting in seven-figure settlement for client
  • Representation of individuals in challenging manner of death decision by North Carolina Medical Examiner
  • Representation of alcoholic beverage clients in matters before the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission
  • Representation of employer in federal discrimination lawsuit
  • Representation of town in defending against wage and hour claims
  • Representation of corporation in lawsuit involving breach of contract, breach of warranty and unfair and deceptive trade practices
  • Negotiations and preparation of distribution agreements for alcoholic beverage law clients
  • Drafting and negotiating of various agreements in the employment context, including non-competition agreements, employment agreements, severance packages, employee handbooks, and executive compensation arrangements.

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Under 40 Hot List," Benchmark Litigation, 2017
  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2013-2017

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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial Bar — Division: Young Lawyers
  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Asheville Alumnus, Class XXVIII)
  • Asheville Helpmate (member, board of directors)
  • Brewers Association Associate Member
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association—Western District of North Carolina Chapter (member)
  • Harry C. Martin American Inn of Court
  • Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association—Sections: Labor & Employment Law; Litigation
  • Pink Boots Society
  • Pisgah Legal Services' Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Western North Carolina Human Resource Association

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2008
  • Colorado, 2015
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • All state courts in Colorado
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina

* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.

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