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Rita serves as a Staff Attorney in the firm’s Lexington office focusing her practice on labor and employment, business litigation matters, and workers’ compensation issues in Kentucky. Rita combines the experience of an Administrative Law Judge and private practice to assist employers in avoiding and defending labor and employment law claims. Rita concentrates her practice on responding to EEOC charges, wrongful discharge litigation, employment discrimination, and actions brought under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act. Rita regularly guides employers and their carriers in avoiding litigation by negotiating favorable settlements and by providing training and counseling on a variety of workplace issues.

Prior to joining the FBT, she served as an Administrative Law Judge at the North Carolina Industrial Commission before transitioning to private practice where she successfully defended numerous employers and insurance carriers in the area of worker’s compensation. She has also prosecuted criminal misdemeanors and felonies as an Assistant District Attorney in North Carolina and served as a Legislative Research Attorney for members of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Other Info About Rita


Law School

North Carolina Central School of Law, J.D., 2015

Undergraduate School

North Carolina State University, B.S. Criminology, 2011


Rita served as a clerk for the court(s) and judge(s) below:

North Carolina Supreme Court, former Chief Justice Mark Martin

Bar Memberships

Rita is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Kentucky, 2022

North Carolina, 2015


Local & National Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Rising Stars® 2021-2024

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

North Carolina Bar Association

Wake County Bar

10th Judicial District Bar

Susie Sharp Inn of Court

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Raleigh Distance Project, founder and competitive distance athlete, 2017-2022

Neighbor-to-Neighbor mentor and tutor, 2013-2018

Wake County Teen Court Judge, 2017-2018

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