Bob’s practice focuses on representing and advising employers in complex labor relations and employment planning and disputes, including trade secrets/non-compete disputes and wage and hour issues.
Bob has obtained numerous positive results in litigated matters, including large-scale labor relations matters and restrictive covenants disputes, one of which was the groundbreaking relief under Georgia’s recently-passed Restrictive Covenants Act. Bob believes it is important for employers to proactively think about how to avoid or mitigate the risks of litigation and works closely with clients on these issues. He prides himself in being extremely responsive to client needs.
Bob also enjoys working with businesses and individuals to help them reach their goals on transactional matters without the need for litigation or excessive adversarialism. Bob is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Labor and Employment Law Section and the Atlanta Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, US Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the Second Circuit and the Georgia Superior Courts.
Bob volunteers with the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and other organizations. He is a contributing author to the Hunton Employment & Labor Perspectives blog.
Regularly represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board, including prosecution and defense of unfair labor practice charges. Experience also includes litigating a compliance proceeding in which back pay award of over $50 million was sought.
Counsels clients subjected to union organizing campaigns and coordinated corporate campaigns. Has counseled clients in several industries to successful results in several union organizing campaigns conducted under National Labor Relations Board’s new expedited election rules.
Handles appeals of adverse agency rulings, including those from the National Labor Relations Board.
Provides training to clients on labor relations issues.
Represents clients at labor arbitrations and in collective bargaining negotiations.
Represents employers under investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor and state agencies.
Represented national food processing company in multiple putative class and collective actions alleging violations of the FLSA and state wage and hour laws.
Advises management in developing compliance and preventative employment strategies under relevant federal and state laws, including Title VII, the FLSA, and the National Labor Relations Act.
Regularly represents businesses and individuals in disputes and negotiations regarding restrictive covenants and other agreements and has recovered substantial economic and non-economic relief on behalf of clients.
Awards & Recognition
Selected as “Georgia Rising Star,” Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016, 2017. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Super Lawyers’ webpage.
Co-author, 4th Circuit: Pension Plan Administrator Failed to Notify Participants of Changes, HR Magazine (Online) March 6, 2009
Co-author, 2nd Circuit: Limitations Period Started When Seniority Lost, HR Magazine (Online) December 19, 2008
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