RaShawnda Murphy Williams is a skilled litigation and general advice attorney, who provides advice to school boards and school leadership as to legal issues in both K-12 and the higher education setting. She also defends employers, ranging from the owners of mom-and-pop shops to large companies with a national presence, in litigation and administrative agency claims. RaShawnda also defends cases involving contract disputes, premises liability, and personal injury.

Education Law

RaShawnda advises and litigates on behalf of schools at every level across the primary school to postsecondary school gamut. She counsels educational entities in navigating a variety of legal issues that arise in the educational context, including governance, student disciplinary matters, student affairs, personnel issues, contractual agreements, and laws governing public entities. She also advocates for schools and school officials in the litigation context, representing schools in lawsuits and cases brought before administrative agencies, as well as state and federal courts.

Employment Law

RaShawnda regularly advises and defends employers, ranging from national companies, locally owned businesses, nonprofit organizations, and family-owned businesses in claims involving personnel disputes. She is a tireless advocate for employers as they navigate claims from the beginning, including pre-litigation demands and administrative agency cases, until the resolution of a lawsuit.

As part of her employment law practice, RaShawnda represents employers in claims involving wage disputes, claims for employment security, employment discrimination charges, labor rights disputes, and contractual claims. RaShawnda takes a proactive defense approach and advises her clients regarding current employment disputes, as well as how employers can prevent future litigation, and prepare to defend against future claims. While employment relationships and disputes can be complex and sensitive in nature, RaShawnda maintains an open line of communication with her clients to guide them as she navigates their legal disputes.

Civil Litigation

RaShawnda is a zealous litigator in a range of civil litigation areas, including contract disputes, premises liability, and general negligence claims. Within this practice, she has represented a variety of companies and individuals, oftentimes working with their insurance companies to resolve disputes. She litigates with her clients’ desires at the forefront of her overall defense approach.

As part of this practice, she represents clients before agencies, and both state and federal courts, including appellate courts. In addition, she advises clients through pre-litigation claims by assisting clients through resolution negotiations, pre-litigation investigations and inspections, and preservation of evidence.

Memberships, Honors, and Presentations

RaShawnda is an active member of the Education Law section of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), as well as the Young Lawyer’s Division. She has been honored as a Legal Elite honoree by Business North Carolina, and was selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers list of Schools and Education Rising Stars. RaShawnda was NCBA Appellate Section Scholarship Recipient in 2020. She has previously served as a Co-Chair for the NCBA’s Young Lawyers Division Membership and Outreach Committee, as well as Parliamentarian of Capital City Lawyer’s Association. RaShawnda also served her local community as a member of the Junior League of Raleigh for many years.

RaShawnda is regularly invited by clients and organizations to present on various legal topics, including continuing education to educators, lawyers, human resource professionals, and claims adjusters. She has presented on an array of topics including:

  • Title IX regulations and requirements
  • Equal access to education and the workplace under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Navigating school personnel issues
  • Conducting internal investigations

Background

Before RaShawnda began her civil litigation career, she served the state of North Carolina as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Chief Justice Cheri L. Beasley at the North Carolina Supreme Court. RaShawnda graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2019. During her time in law school, she worked as a summer clerk for Supervisory Administrative Judge Regina Stephens of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. RaShawnda also worked as an extern of the North Carolina Central University Office of Legal Affairs and served as Articles Editor of the Science and Intellectual Property Law Review.

Prior to attending law school, RaShawnda attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. RaShawnda is an eastern North Carolina native who enjoys reading, developing new recipes, yoga, and traveling the world with her husband Collin.


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