Whitnie Gladden Attorney Profile on UpCounsel
Whitnie Gladden

Whitnie Gladden

Innovative Counsel

Concord
North Carolina
Licensed in
IL
Duke University School of Law
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About
Whitnie Gladden is a creative, solution-focused, and accomplished senior attorney with proven success in managing, negotiating and resolving candidate and employee claims and employee-related issues. Her specialties include global employment law, employee benefits, risk mitigation, compliance, contracts, and corporate investigations.

Whitnie's most notable current client is Darden Restaurants, an approximately 165,000-employee restaurant company supporting 1,600 restaurants in 50 states. Her prior experience includes 10 years at Accenture LLP, a Fortune Global 500 company, and six years representing companies as outside counsel at top law
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15
Years
experience
Fortune 500 Badge
Top 200 Firm Badge

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Client Reviews

5.0
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"I've had the pleasure of working with Whitnie for a number of years. She is smart, motivated, collaborative and detail-oriented. She is not only a strong subject matter expert, but also good at balancing priorities and delivering results. She is a team player, but can also work well independently. She is an all-around asset to any legal project."

General Legal Support
Non-UpCounsel Client
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"I joined the Accenture team in 2012 and immediately found Whitnie to be a welcoming and stabilizing force against the disorder of working within a complex enterprise. Here’s what I mean: It’s one thing to say – and it’s true about Whitnie – that she is a subject matter expert on employment compliance, adept at advising clients on complex and emotionally-charged employee relations issues. But it’s not common to see that skill matched with Whitnie’s mindset of building something – of taking complex legal advice and turning it into program or structure that, day in and day out, leads to compliant decision-making. Yes, Whitnie does the advising, analyzing and educating that good lawyers do. But what makes her great is how she leads large teams through the development of a process that is effortlessly and efficiently compliant. That’s a rare find."

North American Employment Law Support
Non-UpCounsel Client

Work History

Darden Restaurants

Senior Employment Law/Employee Benefits Contract Counsel

Apr 2018 - Present

Advise on a wide variety of employment, compensation and benefits matters; including the expansion of Darden Restaurants to various global locations. Develop model contract provisions, communications and guidance documents regarding contractor procurement and proper contractor management to reduce co-employment and misclassification risks. Draft employee policies and procedures.

Apr 2018 - Present

Accenture LLP

Employment Law Counsel, Global Contracts, Ventures and Acquisitions

Jun 2015 - Apr 2018

Counsel and train global legal leadership and management on staff augmentation arrangements and background check regulations in over 40 countries. Negotiated, drafted and reviewed global performance and retention plans and employment agreements. Served as lead employment law counsel on global asset and stock-based acquisitions, and outsourcing deals.

Jun 2015 - Apr 2018

Accenture LLP

North American Employment Law Counsel

Jan 2008 - Jun 2015

Counseled management and Human Resources personnel on sexual harassment, FMLA, FLSA, ADA, CFRA, NLRA, federal and state WARN Acts, leave and accommodations, recruiting and hiring practices, discrimination complaints and investigations, workforce reductions, contractor misclassification risks, performance management and other employment-related issues.

Jan 2008 - Jun 2015

Franczek P.C.

Senior Associate

Dec 2004 - Dec 2008

Represented both private and public employers in all aspects of employment law including; litigation and preventative counseling. Conducted corporate investigations and audits for clients. Drafted and filed position statements, trial briefs, motions in limine and motions to dismiss. Conducted depositions for employment litigation cases.

Dec 2004 - Dec 2008

Schiff Hardin

Employment Law/Employee Benefits Associate

Sep 2003 - Nov 2004

• Designed plan amendments and summary plan descriptions for tax-qualified defined benefit, defined contribution and non-qualified plans.
• Assisted with the termination of qualified plans, drafted QDROs, and reviewed plan documents to ensure compliance with ERISA and HIPAA.
• Authored memoranda regarding numerous employment and employee benefit issues.

Sep 2003 - Nov 2004

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