Steven A. Rowe 
Partner
Education

Wake Forest University, JD, 1988

Wake Forest University, BA, 1985

Professional and Community Activities

North Carolina Bar Association (Litigation Section, Labor and Employment Section, Workers Compensation Section)

Defense Research Institute

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Chair, Attorneys Section of Carolinas Council of Housing, Redevelopment and Code Officials

Elder and Clerk of Session, First Presbyterian Church of Rocky Mount

Board of Directors, United Community Ministries

Board of Directors, Triangle East Community Penalties/Eastern Carolina Judicial Resource Center, Inc.

Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Rocky Mount Area United Way

Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery of New Hope

Advisory Committee, CareNet Counseling East of Rocky Mount

Jurisdictions Licensed
130 S. Franklin St., Rocky Mount, NC 27804t: 252.972.7108|
PO Box 353, Rocky Mount, NC 27802-0353f: 252.972.7045|
Steve represents employers in a wide variety of employment matters in state and federal court and before the North Carolina Industrial Commission, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, North Carolina Employment Security Commission, State of North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings, United States Department of Labor, and the North Carolina Department of Labor. In addition, Steve represents business, insurance and housing authority clients in a wide range of matters in state and federal court. Steve regularly advises clients on employment issues and matters and is a frequent speaker on employment law topics.

Representative Experience

Harris v. Matthews, 361 N.C. 265, 643 S.E.2d 566 (2007)-Counsel for church pastor in lawsuit arising from internal church governance dispute.  The plaintiffs, representing the minority of the congregation, sued the pastor and other church officials for alleged mismanagement of church resources.  Successfully argued to the North Carolina Supreme Court that the trial court did not have jurisdiction over the case, as the First Amendment prohibits involvement in matters of religious doctrine and practice. 

Jacobs vs. Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, Inc. et al., 214 F. Supp. 2d 552; WDNC 2002 -
Represented Church, Presbytery, and other Defendants being sued by minister, who claimed he was harmed by the procedural actions taken by the church administration in investigating allegations of misconduct. Obtained dismissal of all Defendants.

Charlene Eley v. Rocky Mount Family YMCA, et al., 536 S.E.2d 71, 1999 N.C. LEXIS 413 - Represented YMCA and others in action brought by former employee. Former employee’s claims included conspiracy, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and tortious interference with contract. Obtained dismissal of all claims and dismissal of appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Petition for discretionary review was denied by the North Carolina Supreme Court.


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