Henry M. Perlowski leads the Employment Practice and is a partner in the Litigation Practice. Mr. Perlowski co-chairs the firm’s Background Screening and Oil and Gas industry teams, and is a member of the Hospital and Health Systems team.
Mr. Perlowski’s national practice focuses on helping employers and employer service providers solve their most complex legal issues. He has served as lead counsel in litigation matters in over thirty jurisdictions, taking dozens of cases to verdict before juries and arbitration tribunals. Mr. Perlowski has particular expertise defending employers and advising Boards in executive separation, earn-out and fiduciary duty disputes; defending class and collective actions of all kinds under federal and state antidiscrimination and wage and hour laws; handling all forms of ERISA and employee benefits disputes, including disputes under various forms of health plan structures; and addressing all forms of competition, trade secret, breach of corporate opportunity and related disputes. As part of his litigation avoidance practice, Mr. Perlowski regularly counsels employers on multi-jurisdictional restructurings, workplace integrations following corporate transactions, and developing alternative dispute resolution programs. Mr. Perlowski also advises management teams on negotiating employment contracts, equity and other benefits in corporate acquisitions.
In connection with the firm’s nationally preeminent background screening practice, Mr. Perlowski regularly defends consumer reporting agencies and employers in putative class actions and other lawsuits brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and related consumer protection statutes. Mr. Perlowski also advises clients on all aspects of developing compliant background screening programs under the FCRA and various EEO and state guidance on criminal, credit and other background checks.
Mr. Perlowski also frequently represents employee benefit plans and service providers in ERISA litigation and related contract litigation regarding claims under PPO and traditional network plans and under reference based reimbursement plans.
Mr. Perlowski also serves as outside general counsel and/or as the relationship partner for many clients in the background screening, employee benefits, energy (focusing on oil and gas, pipeline, and alternative energy), and health care industries. Mr. Perlowski’s representative clients include industry leading motor fuels, pipeline, financial services, nursing home and healthcare service provider companies.
Mr. Perlowski has been recognized annually by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, by Georgia Super Lawyers, and as a member of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend magazine. He also serves as the firm’s primary liaison with the Employment Law Alliance, the most prominent and awarded international network of law firms dedicated to providing counsel to employers. Mr. Perlowski is a frequent speaker and author on all aspects of his practice.
Mr. Perlowski’s interests include travel, live music (particularly in small clubs/dive bars), cooking, and virtually any sport. He is a big believer that the true quality of life is measured by the accumulation of experiences, not things.