An employment lawyer with a niche area and focus on navigating the workplace leveraging the law.
Bartina is an entrepreneur at heart – always has been and believes she always will be. This spirit is visible in the law practice, which means that she finds new ways to solve old problems–that is her “passion and her why.” It is life-giving. Because that’s who Bartina is, she has led the charge in reimagining a law firm model, mitigating the inefficiencies and reducing costs, so it is better positioned to serve you, the client.
Bartina’s focus, in building her team and in dedicating her time, has helped companies build employee-centric enterprises. She has assembled a team of diverse backgrounds and experiences with years of experience as litigators, advisors, counselors, and business owners so the team understands your problem holistically (from every angle . . . whether personal or professional).
Ultimately, you can trust that Bartina and her team will be nimble and responsive because she has created (and continues to refine) her law firm model to be best-in-class so that you, the client, pay only for what you need, nor for what you might need. When you think of Bartina and her representative team, these things should come to mind: reduced overhead; leveraging technology; automating the mundane; creative in the approach; and thoughtful in the delivery.
The team lives by these core principles and believes that, in doing so, your interests will be served and protected.
Transformative thinking, bold results . . . that’s Bartina Edwards. She is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. Never afraid to try new things in search of delivering one more bold result. As a lawyer, she is business-minded and collaborative. On that latter front, her energy and advocacy were instrumental in helping enact the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, an innovative piece of legislation formally acknowledging collaborative law as a stand-alone dispute resolution vehicle in North Carolina. As such, she is one of the founding members of the North Carolina Collaborative Law Association, and she is a member of the Global Collaborative Law Council.
But transformative thinking extends beyond Bartina’s law practice or her collaborative and social justice work, she is also a founding partner of the consulting firm, CP3 Paradigm. And if you were to visit the website, you won’t see her name, or the names of her colleagues . . . only their initials. Which begs the question, why? Because to know Bartina, is to know that everything has a purpose. She will quickly remind you of two things: (1) there are no coincidences; and (2) be well. She’s been saying be well long before our nation (and world) encountered a pandemic.
In addition to volunteering in various capacities and access to justice initiatives, Bartina is a member of the PAC and a former member of the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, a member of the College of Charleston Foundation Board, Secretary of the North Carolina Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Council and Chair of the Employment Law Section of the Mecklenburg County Bar.
She is admitted to and is a member of the North Carolina State Bar; the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of the United States Federal Courts; has appeared before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the 4th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. She is an approved attorney having supported and represented the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers in the Resolution of their USDA Discrimination Claims.
Bartina previously held a Life & Health Insurance and Series 6 & 63 investment licenses. While at NCCU School of Law she was a member of the NCCU Law Journal. Upon graduation from law school, she received the Floyd B. McKissick Leadership Award, the North Carolina Chapter of Academy Matrimonial Lawyers Award and the North Carolina State Bar (Student) Pro Bono Award. She is the recipient of numerous awards and has been profiled in The Charlotte Observer and the University Times. She has been active in several civic and community associations, boards, and organizations including National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, and the John S. Leary Bar.
Bartina has volunteered with the NCCU Business Law Clinic, the Innocence Project, volunteered in Legal Services on the Immigration and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Project, Hope Haven, Crisis Assistance, Urban Ministries, CAAC, NCCU School of Law, University of Phoenix, Davidson College, and she has held internships with the 26th Judicial District, the law offices of Julie Fosbinder, and Ferguson, Stein, Chambers, Adkins & Sumter. Bartina worked with Shirley L. Fulton at Tin Fulton Greene & Owen, PLLC. For 4 years, she served as an Adjunct Professor at the North Carolina Central University School of Law where she taught Employment Law and the Workplace.
Bartina is published and speaks on topics that contribute meaningfully to the community, including but not limited to Employment, Equity, Bias and Resolution through Collaboration. Her background has been one of serving individuals, businesses, professionals, and the community in ways that make a difference.