Rendi L. Mann-Stadt

Employment and Business Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
828.348.6016 Fax 828.348.6077
Post Office Box 2020, Asheville, NC 28802-2020

Rendi's practice experience encompasses a wide range employment and business law matters.  Additionally, she counsels health care providers on employment, regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters.  Rendi has represented clients before professional boards, administrative agencies, and in state and federal courts in a wide variety of employment matters, including FLSA, FMLA, USERRA, and wrongful discharge.  She also represents clients in general and business litigation matters, including closely-held businesses and their owners on such issues as the formation of business entities and the acquisition and sale of businesses, including start-up businesses, business transfers and acquisitions, transactional matters, and contract drafting and negotiation.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 1994.  Articles Editor, University of Illinois Law Review.
  • M.B.A., University of Louisville, 1986
  • B.S., Boston College, 1977

Representative Experience

  • Regular representation and assistance to large and small employers in a variety of employment issues including Fair Labor Standards compliance, severance and discharge matters, discrimination claims, ACA compliance, NLRA matters
  • Representation of employer in National Labor Relations Board complaint of wrongful discharge
  • Representation of seller of $1 million established manufacturing entity with buyer SBA financing
  • Representation of developer in new $5 million hotel project
  • Representation of entity with significant statutory liability in Telephone Consumer Protection Act matter resulting in settlement
  • Representation of medical practice in contractual and shareholder issues related to entry and exit of partners
  • Representation of medical service provider in litigation brought by former employee
  • Representation of municipalities in wrongful discharge suit

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Employment, 2013, 2016, 2018


Professional and Community Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial Bar (member and secretary 2009-present, Pro Bono Committee)
  • American Bar Association — Sections: Labor and Employment Law; Litigation
  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Asheville Alumnus, Class XXXI)
  • Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Child Abuse Prevention Services (member, board of directors 2008-2010)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Irene Wortham Center (past chair; member, board of directors 2005-present)
  • The Mediation Center (member, board of directors 2011-present)
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Section: Labor and Employment Law
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • United Way (funding council)
  • WCQS Public Radio (member, Advisory Board 2011-present; president, 2012)
  • Western North Carolina Human Resource Association
  • YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award Recipient (2010)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2002
  • Illinois, 1994
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Seventh Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina

About Me

My motto is integrity and honesty in all endeavors.  I admire the tenacity and effort of my clients to provide their clients and employees with the best possible service and products and workplace.  Whether a large or small business, our clients strive to excel in their area and to create a positive workplace in the process.

One surprising thing people don't know about me is that I had very interesting work during my vacations as a college student:  I spent two stints in the Indian Health Service and another working as an au pair abroad.

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