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H. Bernard Tisdale

Office Managing Principal

P 704-331-3985
F 704-331-3988


H. Bernard Tisdale, III, is the Office Managing Principal of the Charlotte, North Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is engaged exclusively in the practice of employment law on behalf of management.

Mr. Tisdale has represented employers in litigation matters before various state and federal trial and appellate courts, and administrative agencies including the Federal OSH Review Commission, the North Carolina OSH Review Commission, the South Carolina Administrative Law Court, and the worker’s compensation commissions in North and South Carolina.  He regularly represents employers on safety and health matters including advising and defending clients on ADA, FMLA, and workers’ compensation issues, and on OSHA compliance issues involving Federal OSHA and state plans.

Mr. Tisdale has handled a wide-variety of employment matters involving claims such as discrimination based on: race, sex, national origin, age and disability; sexual and racial harassment; wrongful discharge; retaliation; breach of contract; defamation; covenants not to compete and trade secret violations; and violations of the Family Medical Leave Act. In addition, he has extensive experience counseling clients on compliance issues and litigation avoidance strategies and regularly conducts management training programs on various employment-related topics.

Before joining Jackson Lewis in August 2019, Mr. Tisdale spent 24 years practicing management-side employment law with another national labor and employment law firm, where he served as Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Charlotte office for 12 years. 

Mr. Tisdale lives in Matthews, NC with his wife, Kathy, three children, and three dogs.

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Carolinas AGC
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Safety, Health, and Security Committee

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Cancer Survivors Park Alliance, Former Board Member and Chief Operating Officer
  • Speech, Hearing & Learning Center, Former Board Member and Chair

Published Works

  • "U.S. Eleventh Circuit Highlights Importance of Safety Training in Affirming Willful Violation of OSHA Standard," HazMat Management (May 2018) [Author]

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Navigating the EEO-1 Pay Data Requirements,” Western Carolina Industries (Asheville, NC, July 2019) (Presenter)
  • “Employee Misconduct Investigations,” Western Carolina Industries (Asheville, NC, June 2019) (Presenter)
  • “Beyond Broken Bones: Mental Health Issues Under the ADA and FMLA,” Capital Associated Industries (Raleigh, NC, May 2019) (Co-Presenter)
  • “Safety Liability at Multi-Employer Worksites,” Charlotte Regional Safety and Health Conference (Charlotte, NC, April 2019) (Presenter)
  • "OUCH! Top Challenges in Handling the Myriad of Issues Resulting From Work-Related Injuries” Western Carolina Industries (Asheville, NC, April 2019) (Co-Presenter)
  • “Union Activity and Labor Relations,” CarolinasAGC (Myrtle Beach, SC, March 2019) (Presenter)
  • “Advanced Leave Issues,” Association of Corporate Counsel (Charlotte, NC, March 2019) (Presenter)
  • “Leadership Challenges,” Junior League of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC, February 2019) (Co-Presenter)
  • “You Call the Shot! Ethical Dilemmas for In-house Counsel,” Association of Corporate Counsel (Charlotte, NC, June 2018) (Presenter)

See AllH. Bernard Tisdale in the News

August 19, 2019
Law 360

H. Bernard Tisdale Comments on Joining Jackson Lewis to Lead New Office in Charlotte

August 19, 2019

H. Bernard Tisdale comments on joining Jackson Lewis after spending 24 years at Ogletree and the firm's new office in Charlotte, in "Jackson Lewis Lures Ogletree Vet To Head New NC Office," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 19, 2019
Jackson Lewis

Bernard Tisdale Joins Jackson Lewis to Open Firm's 61st Office in Charlotte

August 19, 2019

CHARLOTTE, NC (August 19, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce litigator H. Bernard Tisdale III has joined the firm to lead its 61st office in Charlotte, N.C. The firm recently announced the opening of its 60th office in Silicon Valley. “Charlotte’s growth as a... Read More