Meeting Information
How To Protect Yourself When Company Management Wants To Act Illegally Or Unethically
Wednesday March 9, 2022
1:00pm - 2:15pm US/Eastern GMT-5:00
Directions/Parking: Park yourself in a comfortable chair or at your desk. This is VIRTUAL. Dress is very casual.

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Notice that in response to the results of our survey, we are changing the time of our meeting to 1 pm. 


The fall out of Covid has often put people in a difficult position, whether it is pressure on how to present less than desired results of operations, other financial presentations and representations, or new considerations in employment law.  The people who work at our host firm this month are experts in this area.  You won’t want to miss this presentation. 


Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM (Virtual

Place: Virtual - Register for this Zoom meeting on the FENG website.


Location: Raleigh FENG VIRTUAL Zoom Meeting.  Park yourself in a comfortable chair or at your desk.  Dress is very casual

Zoom Instructions will be sent to you the day before the meeting when you register on the FENG website.


Host: Noble Law– Special thanks to Laura Nobel for hosting our meeting. 


As an employment law firm headquartered in the Research Triangle, The Noble Law is committed to leveling the playing field for employees who are facing workplace disputes, compensation disparity, and unfamiliar employment contracts.


The firm has six full time attorneys who provide consultation, document review, and legal

representation to those who feel undermined in, overwhelmed by, or unsure of their employment

situation. To learn more about acquiring legal services through The Noble Law, feel free to reach

out to them at (919) 251-6008, or via email at [email protected]


Topic: How To Protect Yourself When Company Management Wants To Act Illegally Or Unethically


Has your Board, CEO, company owner or other stakeholder ever pressured you to “cook the books,” cheat on the company’s taxes, issue questionable or evasive financial statements, or make false certifications to the government or any funding entities? This presentation will cover what you need to know to protect yourself, your income stream, licensure and reputation when you are pressured to engage in illegal or unethical conduct at work.  This presentation will discuss:

  • Your legal and professional obligations to disclose illegal or unethical financial conduct to State and federal regulators
  • Whistleblower protections and what you need to do to qualify for them
  • What you need to do right now to ensure you can readily prove that you were pressured to engage in illegal or unethical conduct
  • Specific and timely areas of concern for financial professionals, including tax returns and PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications and Certifications
  • How to handle internal reporting to resist pressure to engage in improper conduct.



Speaker: Katie Abernethy


The Noble Law is proud to utilize Katie Abernethy’s tremendous skill and experience in her position as partner and employment attorney. When joining The Noble Law in January 2018, Katie brought with her a sterling record built on more than 15 years of work in the defense bar at large international law firms. She quickly demonstrated skill and proclivity for matters of employment law, guiding clients through challenging issues under Title VII, the North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act, the North Carolina Whistleblower Statute, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other state and federal employment statutes.


One area Katie has particular knowledge of is whistleblower protection. She has deep, relevant experience navigating the complex regulatory frameworks governing medical practice and other highly-regulated industries. However, it is not just her experience, talent, and knowledge that make her such an asset to The Noble Law. Katie takes sincere pride knowing that her work helps clients succeed in their professional lives as well as removing the burden of discrimination or maltreatment from an employer. 


She perfectly embodies The Noble Law’s goal – being a firm that is efficient, empathetic, and effective while delivering results for our clients. It’s why Katie is rated as a “Top Attorney” on Avvo.


In her (limited) free time, Katie writes screenplays. She has had two of them purchased for the purposes of production, and one of them has already been made into a feature film! 


One of her professional joys is discussing the law. She would be excited to speak about the topics listed below or to tailor a more specific one to the needs of your group!


• Whistleblower Protections and Qui Tam: Exposing and reporting illegal or unethical behavior in a workplace may entitle employees to whistleblower protections. However, the statutes that protect whistleblowers from retaliation and potentially reward them for their reports are complex, and an experienced employment attorney is critical in successfully navigating them.


• Medical Employment Contracts: It’s always a good idea to have an employment attorney review a contract with your goals in mind (your employer used one to write it!). This is particularly true when navigating the unique complexities of the medical field.


Kathryn F. (Taylor) Abernethy joined The Noble Law employment law firm in January 2018 following more than 15 years in the defense bar at large international law firms. Ms. Abernethy has represented clients in matters arising under Title VII, the North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (“REDA”), the North Carolina Whistleblower Statute, the North Carolina False Claims Act, the North Carolina Wage & Hour Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other state and federal employment statutes.  Ms. Abernethy has extensive background and experience as a litigator in class and collective action cases.  She has also developed significant experience with navigating the regulatory frameworks surrounding medical practice and related industries.  Among other things, Ms. Abernethy has represented physicians and medical providers in Administrative Law Judge proceedings and appeals before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with respect to licensure proceedings.

Ms. Abernethy has litigated cases in State and Federal Courts all over the United States, from Manhattan to San Francisco, and from Detroit to Dallas. She also has extensive experience in arbitration, mediation and in courts of appeals. She is admitted to practice before the State Bars of both North Carolina and Illinois, and in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Circuits. She has written and presented on topics relating to e-discovery, civil procedure, insurance coverage and the Medicare payment process.

Ms. Abernethy received her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 2001. She graduated Order of the Coif (top 10% of law school graduating class), and was an Articles Editor for the Washington University Law Quarterly. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. While practicing as an employment attorney in Chicago, Ms. Abernethy was named a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers Magazine in 2010 and 2011.

Bar / Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court Eastern, Middle, and Western District of North Carolina Affiliation
  • United States District Court of Northern Illinois Affiliation
  • United States District Court of Eastern and Western Michigan
  • Wake County Bar (Tenth Judicial District Bar)

Special Licenses / Certifications:

  • Admitted to the Fourth, Fifth, and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Presentations/Speaking Engagements:

  • North Carolina Bar Association’s COVID-19 Legal Webinar Series, April 2020
  • The Noble Law, “Top Ten Things To Look For In A N.C. Physician’s Contract” Live Webinar, January 2021

Media Interviews:

For meeting information, please contact:

Ted Bachman

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