As a psychology major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dalton Green was aiming for a career in counseling. Along the way, she discovered a keen talent for debate and problem solving and adjusted her career goals to focus on law.

“I learned quickly that I do not have the temperament required for counseling – I am much too argumentative,” she says. “Law seemed inevitable after that.”

She went on to graduate from UNC-CH with highest honors and received her Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. Now a partner in Hedrick Gardner’s Wilmington office, Dalton’s practice focuses in the areas of employment law and workers’ compensation.

Dalton guides employers in all aspects of employment law and has a special interest in issues arising out of employee usage of technology, including social media and the internet, as well as employer-provided or employer-sanctioned smartphones and tablets. She also has a special interest in the intersection of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) with workers’ compensation laws, often referred to as the “Bermuda Triangle.” Her experience in both employment liability and the workers’ compensation arena makes her uniquely qualified to address these issues.

Dalton holds an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, a prestigious peer review rating system that recognizes attorneys who have reached the highest levels of skill and integrity. While her practice has afforded her notable achievements such as this; bringing her children home from the hospital remain two of the proudest moments of her life.

Dalton and her husband are parents to two young children and have perfected the art of tag teaming. She enjoys all types of music, especially live outdoor events, and welcomes a vacation anywhere that promises a few minutes of quiet time.

What you may not know about Dalton is that she studied classical voice with a focus on Italian opera for 12 years and is also a competitive skeet shooter. When she is not working or spending time with her family, she continues to cultivate her two favorite pastimes.

Experience and Involvement


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Vice Chair, Employment Law Practice Group (2013-2014)
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Member, Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Lower Cape Fear Human Resource Association
    • President (2018-2020)
    • President-Elect (2015-2017)
    • Legislative Chair (2013-2014)


  • The National Labor Relations Act: Employment Law Gap Filler, DRI For the Defense, January 2014  Click here to read the full article.
  • Contributed to a feature piece entitled “New Federal Overtime Rules Could Impact Area Businesses” appearing in the April 22, 2016, issue of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal  Click here to read the full article.




  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to the North Carolina Rising Stars list, published nationwide in Super Lawyers® Magazine, in 2014