Lois Colbert engages in a comprehensive employee benefits practice with concentration in the areas of deferred compensation (including 409A compliance), retirement plan qualification (including drafting and obtaining Internal Revenue Service determination letters on tax-qualified status), equity compensation, fiduciary responsibility, prohibited transactions (including obtaining Department of Labor exemptions) and negotiation of employee benefit aspects of business transactions.

Ms. Colbert is a frequent speaker on various employee benefits and equity compensation topics. She has been an author or editor for each annual supplement to "Employee Benefits Law" from 2001 to 2010. Prior to joining the firm, she was associated with a law firm in Washington D.C., where she also concentrated in the area of employee benefits.

Ms. Colbert was listed as a North Carolina "Super Lawyer" in the area of Employee Benefits/ERISA Law in 2006, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Super Lawyers magazine and in 2012, 2013 and 2017, she was named a North Carolina "Top 50 Women Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine. Ms. Colbert was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law in 2018 and the five years immediately preceding. She was also named a 2014 "Charlotte Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Ms. Colbert was named one of "Charlotte's 50 Influential Women" in 2012 by The Mecklenberg Times. She was the recipient of Business Leader magazine's "2008 Movers & Shakers" award. Ms. Colbert was also recognized by the American Lung Association of North Carolina as its 2002-03 "Volunteer of the Year."

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Tax Section

American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Former Senior Editor of Employee Benefits Law, Member of Employee Benefits Committee

American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast, Former Board Member

National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), Member

ASPPA Benefits Council of the Carolinas, Board Member

NASPP Carolinas Chapter, Former Board Member and Former President

Junior League of Raleigh, Former Treasurer and Former Member


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1988)
  • University of Illinois, B.S., Accountancy (1985)
    with high honors

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (1994)

Who We Are

Suite 2400, 214 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC, 28202-2381
t +1 704.338.5045
f +1 704.371.6414
Suite 1400, 4208 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC, 27609
t +1 919.420.1722

Lois Wagman Colbert

Experience Highlights

Sale of business for supplier of custom machine parts
Represented a long-established supplier of seals, O-rings and other custom machine parts in connection with the sale of its business to a UK-based more
Merger of office supply companies
Addressed the employee benefit aspects of the merger of two office supply companies, a transformational event in the office supply business. Since more
Bolt-On Acquisition of Medical Device Manufacturer
Represented French private equity fund sponsor and its portfolio company, a Franco-American manufacturer of surgical devices, in the leveraged more
Representation of a leading source of commercial information
Comprehensive benefits and compensation representation to one of the world’s leading sources of commercial information and insight on businesses. more