Jeremy R. Sayre

Employment Law Counselor and Litigator, Advising Employers
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9174 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Jerry's practice experience encompasses all aspects of federal and state employment law, including Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and various state law provisions.  He has litigated employment matters in federal and state courts at both trial and appellate levels.  He regularly defends claims of discrimination (including sex, race, age, national origin, and disability), retaliation, sexual and racial harassment, breach of contract, wrongful discharge, and other work-related tort claims. 

Jerry also is an experienced employment counselor.  He regularly advises employers on ways to avoid litigation and improve employee relations.  He advises clients on all aspects of federal and state employment law, including hiring and termination practices, pay policies and practices, employee discipline, employee handbooks, drug testing, background checks, and employee safety.  He is a frequent author and speaker, addressing topics related to employment law and litigation.


  • J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 1998
  • B.S., John Carroll University, 1994

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Employment, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018 - 2020

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Raleigh Alumnus, Class of 2007)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Section: Labor and Employment Law
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2004 
  • Ohio, 1998 
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina

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