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Johnston Allison & Hord Attorneys
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Johnston, Allison & Hord
1065 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
704.332.1181    Fax: 704.376.1628
Kathleen K. Lucchesi (Kathi) PARTNER
Tel: 704-998-2320 | Fax: 704-376-1628
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  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Federal/State Criminal Law


  • University of Mississippi (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
  • University of Indianapolis, admitted with distinction (B.S. Communications, cum laude, 1990)


  • North Carolina, 1997

Representative Transactions

  • Advises and defends employers with regard to all employment issues including EEOC and wrongful discharge claims and claims brought under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA and FMLA.
  • Assists employers with the drafting and review of employment handbooks, contracts and severance agreements.
  • Advises and represents individuals charged with and/or under investigation by the DOJ and SEC for various white collar crimes.
  • Advises and counsels corporate employers when employees commit criminal acts such as embezzlement and corporate malfeasance against the company.
  • Obtained petition for discretionary review to North Carolina Supreme Court for defendant-physician and defendant-medical practice in a medical malpractice action.
  • Successfully defended hospitals, medical practices, physicians and nurses against medical negligence claims at trial.
  • Obtained extensive jury trial experience prosecuting attempted murder, armed robbery and narcotics traffi cking cases during six years at the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office.

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Winner, 1992 Indiana Associated Press Television Award - First Place, Feature Division
  • 4-year Starter, Letter Winner, & Scholarship Athlete - Volleyball
  • Completed 7 marathons including Chicago Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, and Thunder Road Marathon

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, "The Pros Don't Always Get Three Strikes: How Gambling Shaped the Supervisory Powers Governing Professional Sports," 1 Gaming L. Rev. 511 (1997)
  • Instructor - Legal/Criminal Section, Forensic Medicine course, Queens University

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute


Community Involvement

  • Member, St. Gabriel Catholic Church
  • Board Member, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Active in the Cotswold Elementary School PTA
  • Past Chairperson, Girls on the Run-Charlotte Advisory Board
  • Past Member, Girls on the Run International Board

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