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Chara M. O'Neale

Director of Talent Management and Diversity & Inclusion
Charlotte | 704.335.9527
Fax | 704.334.4706

Chara O'Neale leads Parker Poe’s efforts to cultivate and reinforce a culture that attracts and develops superior talent. She focuses on the growth of the firm’s professional development program and the continued expansion of its firmwide diversity and inclusion initiatives. She brings a deep passion for diversity and inclusion to her role and is a tireless advocate for attorneys and staff, both within Parker Poe and the broader legal community.

Previously, Chara was an attorney in Parker Poe’s Health Care Industry Team. She focused primarily on the representation of hospitals, physician groups, and other health care providers in the resolution of legal, regulatory, and business issues.

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Honors & Awards

  • Charlotte Business Journal's 40 Under 40, 2020
  • Career Mastered, National Diversity Leadership Award, 2020
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Diversity and Inclusion Award, 2019
  • The Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women, 2019


  • Council for Children's Rights, Board of Directors, Class of 2018
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, Class of 2018
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Class of 2014; Community Service Committee, 2013-2015; Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program, Co-Chair, 2012-2014; APEX Mentoring Program, Class of 2011; Communications Committee, 2010-2013, Chair, 2012-2013
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Co-Coordinator, Western Regional Moot Court Competition, 2009-2012