Hayley Wells

Ward & Smith PA

Contact Details

Ward & Smith PA


Professional Experience

Hayley's practice primarily focuses on labor and employment law and alcoholic beverage law. She regularly advises individual and corporate clients in matters of covenants not to compete, employment discrimination, discipline and termination, harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour matters, personnel policies and procedures, and preparation of employee handbooks and employment

agreements. Hayley also advises brewery and craft alcoholic beverage clients in various aspects of the law, including permitting, negotiation and preparation of distribution agreements, enforcement actions, interpretative guidance, music licensing, and personnel matters.


Practice Concentrations

Employment Contracts and

Covenants Not to Compete

Employment Discrimination and


Employment Law

Employment Litigation

Wage and Hour Law

Alcoholic Beverage Law



J.D., cum laude, The University of Georgia School of Law, 2008.  Editorial Board member, Journal of

International and Comparative Law.

M.B.A., The University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, 2005

B.A., cum laude, International Business, The University of Georgia, 2001


Admitted to Practice

North Carolina, 2008

Colorado, 2015

All state courts in North Carolina

All state courts in Colorado

United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina


Honors and Distinctions*

"Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2012-2016


Professional and Community Affiliations

28th Judicial Bar — Division: Young Lawyers

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Asheville Alumnus, Class XXVIII)

Asheville Helpmate (member, board of directors)

Brewers Association Associate Member

Colorado Bar Association

Federal Bar Association—Western District of North Carolina Chapter (member)

Harry C. Martin Inn of Court

Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys

North Carolina Bar Association—Sections: Labor & Employment Law; Litigation

Pink Boots Society

Pisgah Legal Services' Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers Program

Society for Human Resource Management

Western North Carolina Human Resource Association


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