University of Pittsburgh

Chatón T. Turner

Adjunct Faculty

2004-Present   University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Assistant Counsel (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Provide strategic and legal support to UPMC Physician Services Division, Center for Fertility, and UPMC hospitals and affiliates (including fraud and abuse analysis, employment law, patient services, e-record and medical staff issues). Proactively address patient safety and regulatory compliance issues. Defend physicians before medical board. Policy review. Prepare and draft service agreements, employment agreements, and staffing agreements. Increased efficiency of contract review process. Conduct training. Manage outside legal counsel. Manage patient relations manager. Improve process for resolving customer service complaints. Project Management: UPMC Intermediation Program (a system-wide patient focused ADR program); Co-manage internship program.

2002-2004   Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, Employment Law Associate (Raleigh, NC ) Identified, developed, and influenced client relationships. Trained and counseled employees about employment laws (e.g., Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, ADEA, etc.). Represented clients in litigation, ADR, EEOC and DOL proceedings. Negotiated and prepared employment agreements. Prepared employee handbooks and other manuals. Retail. Managed paralegals. Industry Focus: Activities: Diversity Initiative, Domestic Violence Proceedings.

1999-2002 Summer 2001 *   Kilpatrick Stockton, Employment Law and Litigation Associate (Summer Associate 1998) (Charlotte, NC) Identified, developed, and influenced relationships with clients. Trained and counseled employees about federal, employment laws (e.g., Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, ADEA, etc.). Counseled clients regarding benefits plans. Developed client diversity committee, Represented client before City Council and Zoning Board of Adjustment). Activities: Marketing Committee; Honors: Earned Pro Bono Service Bonus (2000)

* Summer Pro Bono Coordinator—Special Assignment (Charlotte, NC) Trained and evaluated summer associates. Managed “Wills on Wheels” event. Coordinated “Pro Bono Fair”.

Summer 1997   Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Legal Intern (Charlotte, NC) Assisted with case development, evaluation, and investigations. Assisted in marketing ADR program.

1994-1996   The Dial Corporation, Customer Marketing Analyst (Charlotte, NC) Conducted market research analysis and created presentations for sales force. Marketing presentations. Interfaced with brand management and prepared marketing programs consistent with brand strategy.

1993-1994   M&M/MARS, Territory Sales Representative (Rochester, New York) Managed territory; increased response to customer complaints; Managed customer appreciation event.


  • The University of South Carolina, Juris Doctorate 1999
  • The University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts and Science Major: Economics, Minor: Spanish 1993
  • Selected Publications


    • North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry Unemployment Manual, SC Chamber of Commerce, 2003


    • Co-Author, Malpractice Case Alternative Dispute Resolution, Physician News Digest, November 2005
    • Fourth Circuit Returns to its Conservative Roots, NC Employment Law Letter, February 2004
    • Co-Author, A Guide Through the Garnishment Jungle, Employment Relations Today, Spring 2000

    SSRN Author Page


    Awards and Honors

    • Pittsburgh Courier Woman of Excellence (2010)

    • Award Recipient, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (2001)

    Selected Professional Activities


    FISA Foundation Board (2006-Present), Girl Scouts Trillium Council Board (2006-2008), Staunton Farms Foundation Member (2006-2007), Ridley Funds Board, University Relations Chair (2004-2007), The YouthNetwork Board, Chair Personnel Committee (2001-2002, Highest Gala Fundraiser), YMCA of Greater Charlotte Community Partnership Board (Strategic Planning Committee 2001-2002).


    Conversational and written Spanish


    Executive Womens Council, United Way of Allegheny County Women’s Leadership Circle and Young Leaders Circle Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

    Member, Gates Chili High School Hall of Fame (2004)

    Graduate, Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute (2002)

    Member, NC Bar Association, Pro Bono Honor Roll (2001)

    Legal Aid Volunteer (2000)

    Member, NC Bar Association Brown v. Board of Education Program Committee

    Former Member, Triangle United Way Silver Circle (2003-2004)

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