Sabrina Presnell Rockoff

Sabrina is the Managing Partner of McGuire, Wood & Bissette. She advises employers on issues related to human resources. Sabrina develops and drafts human resources practices, policies and contracts; conducts employee-related investigations; represents employers in front of governmental agencies and in federal and state courts and works with employers on union-related matters. Sabrina frequently trains human resources professionals and managers through her involvement with Western Carolina Industries, Inc., the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. Sabrina practiced for 10 years with large international law firms prior to returning to her hometown.

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Client Successes

  • Achieved the dismissal of a multi-count employment-related lawsuit against a local municipal employer
  • Represented several local restaurants successfully in audits by the Department of Labor
  • Defended one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers in disability discrimination lawsuit brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Argued an issue of first impression under the ADA before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in summary judgment for her client on all claims
  • Investigated and brought to resolution significant sexual harassment and fraud allegations concerning management-level employees in corporations
  • Negotiated and drafted executive and professional-level employment agreements for a variety of companies in several industries
  • Defended a local government successfully through jury trial and decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Participated in negotiating the largest proposed OSHA fine in North Carolina history from $1M to $100,000
  • Defended a client successfully in a suit brought by 71 individual plaintiffs and former employees seeking class action relief alleging various injuries from mercury poisoning
  • Represented and assisted multiple non-profit organizations with employment, employee benefits and governance-related advice, with an understanding of the issues specific to many non-profit employers
  • Assisted breweries across North Carolina with startup and expansion

Community Involvement

In the community, Sabrina’s service includes participation in organizations such as:

  • N.C. Stage Theatre Company Board (Vice-President 2014-2015)
  • YWCA of Asheville Board Member
  • Congregation Beth HaTephila Board of Trustees
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of NC Chapter, Executive Committee
  • Leadership Asheville, Class of 2012
  • Leadership Raleigh, Class of 2010

Bar

North Carolina (2002)

New Jersey (2006)

New York (2009)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (2002)

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (2003)

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (2003)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2006)

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (2007)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2009)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2011)

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan (2011)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2011)

Supreme Court of the United States (2011)

Education

University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2002)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.S., 1999)

Awards

Super Lawyer “Rising Star” (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite (2012, 2013, 2014)

Biltmore Beacon 40 Under Forty (Class of 2015)

Blog

www.mwblawyers.com/employmentblog/