Employment Litigation

Representative Experience

  • Lead arbitration counsel securing a complete defense verdict in in favor of a leading, international IT solutions provider against the gender discrimination and retaliation claims brought by a former high-ranking female executive after she was terminated following an internal investigation into allegations that she was engaging in discriminatory hiring practices. Through detailed e-discovery efforts, we discovered evidence proving that the executive was using code words for her hiring preferences – evidence that shattered her credibility.
  • Lead arbitration counsel securing a complete defense verdict at trial in favor of a nationwide employee benefits provider, against breach of contract claims brought by a former sales executive who was seeking over $4 million in damages.
  • Lead counsel in a series of internal investigations of retaliation and Code of Conduct claims brought against various executives of a national energy company.
  • Lead counsel for the nation’s leading hospital linen service provider in the multi-phase restructuring of its twenty-plus state workforce, including providing management training, risk analysis, and handling all transactional aspects of the restructuring, including for its union and non-union workforce. No lawsuits were filed by any employees displaced by this restructuring.
  • Lead counsel in conducting a series of comprehensive audits of a national energy company’s human resources, salary and compensation and benefits practices, including developing proactive plans to address issues discovered in the audits and to promote best practices on a going forward basis.
  • Lead counsel for a national supplier of motor fuels in its workforce integration and combination of several businesses, including providing guidance on various changes in control plans, union restructuring and related dispute avoidance.
  • Lead trial counsel securing a jury verdict in favor of a national pipeline company its defense of an age discrimination lawsuit brought by a senior engineer following his termination, with no resulting appeal. The jury needed less than an hour to deliberate and decide in favor of the company despite the sympathetic plaintiff and millions of dollars at stake.
  • Lead counsel defending a national nursing home company in three company-wide putative actions brought in Pennsylvania and North Carolina under the Fair Labor Standards Act focusing on meal break and related timekeeping practices.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of suit alleging claims for unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets against client in the low voltage industry.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for four former employees of the nation’s largest provider of building HVAC controls, equipment, and services, including successfully moving to dismiss claims based on employee restrictive covenants found by the court to be unenforceable under Georgia law.
  • Obtained full defense summary judgment on employee’s claims of race discrimination, pay disparity, and retaliation on behalf of specialty foods distributor, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Litigated and supported favorable resolution in mediation of race discrimination claims against plastics manufacturer.
  • Successfully represented US Mammo, LLC in an unlawful competition and business divorce dispute, obtaining favorable settlement.
  • Successfully secured an injunction precluding the enforcement of non-competition covenants against two employees of Personnel Options, a prominent staffing company in metro Atlanta. After a lawsuit was filed against our client's in Ohio, we secured an immediate restraining order in Georgia and then a rapid judgment in favor of our client that concluded both lawsuits within three months. During that short period of time, we navigated the lawsuits through four separate courts and multiple hearings, all leading to a fully successful outcome for Personnel Options.
  • Represented the Board of Directors of a financial institution in connection with an internal investigation of the client's Chief Executive Officer regarding complaints of discrimination and harassment, completing the investigation and advising the client regarding appropriate action without claims being asserted by the complainant or the CEO.
  • Successfully defended an IT staffing company against multiple simultaneous charges of race discrimination, resolving the matters with no monies paid and avoiding a potential class action.
  • Assisted in securing a complete defense verdict at trial in in favor of a leading, international IT solutions provider against the gender discrimination and retaliation claims brought by a former high-ranking female executive. The executive brought these claims after she was terminated following an internal investigation into allegations that she was engaging in discriminatory hiring practices. Through detailed e-discovery efforts, we discovered evidence proving that the executive was using code words for her hiring preferences – evidence that shattered her credibility at trial.
  • Represented the largest healthcare practice of its type in Georgia in connection with a potential class action alleging race discrimination threatened by current and former employees. Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission indicated that it was going to pursue the case, we were able to negotiate a favorable settlement prior to suit being brought by the plaintiffs or the agency.
  • Successfully defended numerous physician practices with respect to related federal court actions alleging improper billing and secured an order granting sanctions against the plaintiff for filing a frivolous lawsuit.
  • Advised Buckeye Pipeline Services Co. with the benefits risks and analysis associated with its company-wide multi-jurisdictional workforce reorganization, including the implementation of voluntary and involuntary reduction programs designed to avoid partial plan termination events.
  • Obtained plaintiff’s verdict for physicians group, after three-week jury trial, in action for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract resulting from the break-up of a medical practice.
  • Representing a Germany-based manufacturer in a dispute with a former employee.  Assisted in obtaining an order sending several of the claims to arbitration while also obtaining a stay of the related litigation.