Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • B.A., Texas A&M University, 1991, magna cum laude
  • J.D., University of Texas, 1994, with honors
  • LL.M., University of London, 1995, with merit
  • New York, 1996
  • North Carolina, 2003
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, and the Northern District of Texas
  • United States Courts of Appeals: Second,Third, and Fourth Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003
Alternate Address

150 Fayetteville St., Ste. 510
Raleigh, NC 27601

John A. Zaloom

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John Zaloom brings substantial experience to his employment and litigation clients. Primarily focused on employment law, Zaloom advises clients on matters such as restrictive covenants, trade secrets issues, discrimination claims, Fair Labor Standards Act violations, and wage and hour matters. He also assists clients with day-to-day employment issues, including employment contracts, employee policies and handbooks, Family and Medical Leave Act, accommodating disabilities, and termination and severance.  In addition to employment and general business litigation, Zaloom has assisted clients in disputes involving intellectual property.  He has also assisted health care industry clients with employment issues and as well as credentialing and business-related disputes.

Restrictive Covenants

Zaloom has drafted, enforced, disputed, and provided counsel on numerous non-compete and non-solicitation covenants. Due to his experience in this area, Zaloom can quickly analyze restrictive covenants and advise on their effects and likely enforceability. Zaloom advises clients on all sides of the issue, including those looking to:

  • Prevent unfair competition and solicitation of their employees
  • Protect their trade secrets and confidential information
  • Hire employees with pre-existing non-compete agreements
  • Understand their rights and avoid litigation
  • Defend against litigation related to restrictive covenants

Commercial Litigation

In addition to his employment practice, Zaloom is a commercial litigator. Admitted to practice in North Carolina, New York, and numerous federal courts, Zaloom has handled a variety of disputes, including general business and contract disputes, intellectual property matters, and First Amendment issues.

Zaloom prides himself on being the kind of attorney who clients feel comfortable putting on speed dial, trusting him to always put their needs first. Zaloom doesn’t simply advise on what the law says—instead he develops legal solutions aimed at helping clients meet their practical business objectives.

Prior to joining Moore & Van Allen, Zaloom worked at two large firms in New York City, working on several high-profile international cases. He also studied international business law at the University of London, graduating with merit.

Zaloom’s primary areas of practice include:

  • Employment matters
  • Employment contracts
  • Termination and severance
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation covenants
  • Trade secrets
  • Independent contractor versus employee status
  • Wage and hour and Fair Labor Standards Act issues
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • WARN Act
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Retaliation
  • Age, race, sex, religion, national origin, and disability discrimination
  • Contract disputes
  • Fraud claims
  • Contract and commercial litigation
  • Credentialing disputes

Speaking Engagements       

  • July 1, 2004 – MVA Employment Update: The New FLSA Overtime Regulations
  • April 26, 2005 – MVA Employment Update: Delving into the Disability Dilemma: Focus on the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • May 18, 2006 – MVA Employment Update: Proper Hiring, Discipline, and Termination
  • March 22, 2007 – North Carolina Workers’ Comp Conference: Americans with Disabilities Act, Proactive Strategies for Handling Repeat Claimants and Preexisting and Chronic Conditions
  • March 24, 2009 – MVA Employment Update 2009: Alphabet Soup: The FMLA, ERISA, COBRA, and the ADA
  • June 23, 2009 – Triangle Community Foundation: Retool for 2010
  • April 21, 2010 – MVA Employment Update 2010: Spring Cleaning: Trade Secrets, GINA, FLSA
  • March 13, 2012 – MVA Employment Update 2012: Look Before You Leap: What Employers Need to Know To Prepare For Hot Employment Issues in 2012
  • March 15, 2012 – Presentation to North Carolina Association of Occupational Health Nurses: The Interplay of the FMLA, ADA, and Workers Comp
  • May 8, 2012 – Presentation to Morrisville Chamber of Commerce: Business Tool Box: Clarifying the World of Employment Compliance
  • March 20, 2013 – MVA Employment Update 2013: A Gameplan for Mastering Emerging Challenges in the Post-Recession Workplace
  • September 18, 2019 – MVA Employment Update 2019: Employer Obligations Regarding Privacy in the Workplace.

Of Note

  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation- Labor & Employment, 2016-2021; Employment Law - Management, 2021
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2017-2020
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2017-2019
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 2011, 2014-2015, 2017
  • Graduated with honors from The University of Texas School of Law where he received the Robert S. Strauss Endowed Presidential Scholarship and served on the staff of the Texas Environmental Law Journal
  • Graduated with merit from the University of London with an LL.M. in international business law
  • Has been active in pro bono representations on behalf of indigent individuals
  • Co-authored an Aspatore book entitled "Understanding Fair Labor Standards Act Violations," January 2010
  • 2010 Graduate of Leadership Raleigh 25
  • Served as the Chair of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Executive Leadership Council (Raleigh-Durham Region), 2012-2013
  • Currently serving on the board of the Durham Technical Community College Foundation
  • Currently serving on the board of North Carolina Theatre

Representative Matters

  • Michael Shaughnessy v. Private Diagnostic Clinic, PLLC, et al., No. 1:18-cv-461 (MDNC November 19, 2018, July 10, 2020, July 23, 2020). Obtained dismissal of federal employment discrimination claims and summary judgment on state wrongful discharge and tortious interference claims.
  • Paul E. Enochs v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, 17-CVS-3491 (NC Superior Court, Durham County, July 25, 2017). Obtained preliminary injunction restraining health insurance company from removing physician from network in contravention of network participation agreement.
  • Margaret Lynch v. Private Diagnostic Clinic, PLLC, et al., No. 1:16-cv-526 (MDNC December 20, 2016). Obtained dismissal of employment discrimination claims against client based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
  • Wedderburn Corporation v. Jetcraft Corporation, et al., 2015 NCBC 101; 2015 NCBC LEXIS 105 (N.C. Bus. Court 2015). Obtained dismissal of nearly all claims regarding plaintiff’s allegations of breach of contract in client’s sale of $16 million aircraft to plaintiff.
  • EEOC v. PBM Graphics, Inc., 877 F. Supp. 2d 334 (MDNC 2012). Obtained partial dismissal of EEOC “pattern and practice” class action discrimination claims.
  • MJM Investigations v. Brian Sjostedt, 2010 WL 2814531 (N.C. App. 2010). Won appeal at the North Carolina Court of Appeals invalidating an overbroad non-compete clause that a company asserted in an attempt to restrain its former employee from working in a competitive field.
  • Pattridge v.Parata Systems, LLC, (MD Fla. 2008). Successfully resolved FLSA collective action against client-employer.
  • Dula v. Gold Peak Industries Ltd., (EDNC 2004). Obtained dismissal of a claim against a Hong Kong client on personal jurisdiction grounds. The motion required proving that the client was not a joint employer of the plaintiff.
  • Estate Of Shelia Williams-Moore v. Duke University Health System, Inc., et al., 335 F.Supp.2d 636 (MDNC 2004). Obtained summary judgment on a claim of race discrimination by a patient.
  • Woolford v. Frontier Spinning Mills, Inc., 04-CVS-4030 (Forsyth County 2004). Obtained a dismissal of a claim under the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act by a former employee of a client in the textile industry.
  • In re Austrian and German Holocaust Litigation, 250 F.3d 156 (2nd Cir. 2001). Part of team that obtained mandamus requiring District Court Judge to allow agreed dismissal without conditions.


Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Litigation Section; Labor and Employment Sections 
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Litigation Section; Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Wake County Bar Association