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Moore & Van Allen Member Cabell Clay selected as 2019 ABA Top 40 Young Lawyer

June 2019

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that Charlotte Litigation and Employment & Labor Member M. Cabell Clay has been selected as a 2019 American Bar Association (ABA) On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer. The award program provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal and community service. Winners will be formally honored at the ABA Young Lawyers Division Awards Breakfast in August, and will also receive recognition in ABA print publications, online and via social media.

A selection committee comprised of attorneys from various practice settings reviewed nominations and made selections based on the reputation of the nominator, the professional relationship between the nominator and the nominee, and the nominator’s firsthand knowledge of the nominee’s experience, skill and character. Nominees had to be 36 years old or younger or admitted to practice for five years or less as of August 30, 2019. Self-nominating is not permitted.

In her practice, Cabell provides clients with counseling and litigation experience in both employment matters and commercial disputes. Whether it involves high stakes litigation defense or review of employment practices and policies, Cabell works with clients to develop strategies that align closely with their long-term goals and interests. She routinely advises clients on a variety of employment matters, including employment agreements, drafting of restrictive covenants, trade secret protections, employee discipline and terminations, severance agreements, employment handbooks and policies, ADA accommodation requests, FMLA compliance, discrimination and harassment issues, and wage and hour compliance and audits. She also handles wide-ranging employment and commercial litigation, class action defense, internal investigations, contract claims, securities and mortgage fraud defense, unfair trade practices claims, and civil appeals.

In addition to her commitment to her clients, Cabell is a dedicated public servant. In the last five years, she has contributed more than 2,500 hours to pro bono work, community service and bar leadership. Cabell assists victims of domestic violence in obtaining domestic violence protective orders, represents the best interests of children caught in the middle of high conflict custody disputes, and provides housing rights advice through Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Lawyer on the Line program. Along with serving as a member of the Junior League of Charlotte and a volunteer judge for the Assistance League of Charlotte’s Teen Court, Cabell is a member of the Steering Committee for Chameleon’s Journey, a grief camp for children run by Hospice and Palliative Care Greater Charlotte Region. She also serves on the Council for Children’s Rights Board of Directors. Cabell is a respected leader within the Mecklenburg County Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division.