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Daniel P. Hart

Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 885-1500
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Dan Hart is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  A member of the Labor & Employment department and the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud and Non-Compete practice group, he focuses his practice in representing companies in employment-related litigation.  Mr. Hart has defended hundreds of lawsuits and investigative matters alleging violations of state and federal employment laws.  Such matters have ranged from individual EEOC charges and single plaintiff lawsuits to class and collective actions brought by thousands of employees.  In addition, Dan regularly represents employers in restrictive covenant, trade secret misappropriation, and employee raiding cases throughout the United States, including obtaining permanent injunctive relief on behalf of his clients against former employees and competitors.

Outside the courtroom, Dan provides day-to-day counseling and advice to employers about the various laws affecting the employment relationship, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other state and federal statutes.  A frequent speaker and blogger on trade secrets and non-compete issues, he regularly advises employers on developing strategies for protecting their trade secrets, confidential information, and customer goodwill through the use of restrictive covenants and other practical measures.  Combining his passion for international business with a decade of experience as an employment litigator and counselor, Dan particularly focuses his counseling practice on advising foreign-based companies on the intricacies of U.S. employment, trade secrets, and non-compete law.

Dan Hart is a Partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  A member of the Labor & Employment department and the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud and Non-Compete practice group, he focuses his practice in representing companies in employment-related litigation.  Mr. Hart has defended hundreds of lawsuits and investigative matters alleging violations of state and federal employment laws.  Such matters have ranged from individual EEOC charges and single plaintiff lawsuits to class and collective actions brought by thousands of employees.  In addition, Dan regularly represents employers in restrictive covenant, trade secret misappropriation, and employee raiding cases throughout the United States, including obtaining permanent injunctive relief on behalf of his clients against former employees and competitors.

Outside the courtroom, Dan provides day-to-day counseling and advice to employers about the various laws affecting the employment relationship, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other state and federal statutes.  A frequent speaker and blogger on trade secrets and non-compete issues, he regularly advises employers on developing strategies for protecting their trade secrets, confidential information, and customer goodwill through the use of restrictive covenants and other practical measures.  Combining his passion for international business with a decade of experience as an employment litigator and counselor, Dan particularly focuses his counseling practice on advising foreign-based companies on the intricacies of U.S. employment, trade secrets, and non-compete law.

Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia Law School
    magna cum laude
    Senior managing editor, Georgia Law Review
  • B.A., Presbyterian College, summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Superior and State Courts

Affiliations

  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association Labor & Employment Section (current Board Member)
  • American Bar Association
  • International Technology Law Association

Representative Engagements

Trade Secret and Restrictive Covenant Cases

  • Obtained Temporary Restraining Order, finding of Contempt and Permanent Injunction and entered into subsequent global settlement in litigation in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona on behalf of sustainable technologies company against former executive.
  • Obtained consent judgment on behalf of a restoration/disaster mitigation company in restrictive covenants / trade secrets litigation in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia against former employees/competitors.
  • Obtained temporary restraining order and consent judgment on behalf of a financial services company in restrictive covenants / trade secret litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against former sales employees.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction and consent judgment on behalf of a security services company in restrictive covenants litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against former employee / competitor.  (Securitas Security Servs. USA, Inc. v. Whitt, No. 5:12-cv-00690-AKK, 2012 WL 1565984 (N.D. Ala. 2012)).

Employment Discrimination Cases

  • Obtained summary judgment for retailer in litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama involving claims of sex discrimination and retaliation under Title VII.  (Moat v. Aaron’s Inc., No. 4:13-cv-181-VEH, 2014 WL 5860574 (N.D. Ala. 2014)).
  • Obtained summary judgment for an eye care company in litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama involving claims of race discrimination, sex discrimination and retaliation under Title VII and Section 1981, FMLA claims, and numerous state law tort claims; summary judgment affirmed on appeal by United States Court of Appeals for Eleventh Circuit.  (Edwards v. National Vision, Inc., 946 F. Supp. 2d 1153 (N.D. Ala. 2013), aff’d, 568 Fed. App’x 854 (11th Cir. 2014)).
  • Obtained summary judgment for a poultry processing company in litigation in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia involving claim of “reverse” race discrimination under Title VII and Section 1981.  (Thompson v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 939 F. Supp. 2d 1356 (M.D. Ga. 2013).
  • Obtained summary judgment for a defense contractor in litigation in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina involving claims of sex, age, and disability discrimination under Title VII, ADEA, and ADA.
  • Obtained summary judgment for the operator of a senior care home in litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida involving claims of gender identity discrimination and harassment under Title VII.
  • Represented a large brewing company in an appeal brought by a former employee who alleged Title VII race discrimination; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment for the employer.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 insurance company in an appeal brought by a former employee who alleged retaliation under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1981; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment to the employer.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a railroad company in a lawsuit brought in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida by an applicant for employment who alleged disability discrimination and breach of contract.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a railroad company in a lawsuit brought in United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama by a demoted manager who alleged age discrimination and retaliation.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a municipality in a lawsuit brought in the Superior Court of DeKalb County, Georgia by a former police office who alleged intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent retention and supervision arising from alleged co-worker harassment.

Wage and Hour Cases

  • Obtained denial of conditional certification in FLSA litigation in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin against a defense contractor.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 telecommunications company in three Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions throughout the United States brought by call center employees, obtaining favorable settlements in two cases and a denial of conditional collective action certification in a third case.

Presentations

  • “International Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Law Update,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (webinar April 14, 2015) (with Ming Henderson and Wan Li)
  • “2014 National Year in Review: What You Need to Know About the Recent Cases/Developments in Trade Secrets, Non-Compete and Computer Fraud Law,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (webinar January 27, 2015) (with Michael D. Wexler and Robert B. Milligan)
  • “The Ethics of In-House Lawyer and Outside Lawyer Mobility: How Lawyers, Law Firms and Companies Should Manage the Trade Secrets Minefield,” 2014 AIPLA Trade Secrets Law Summit (Santa Clara, CA December 4, 2014) (with Erik Weibust and Eva Almirantearena)
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets: The Current Landscape, Top Threats, Best Practices for Assessing and Protecting Trade Secrets, Proposed Legislation and Future Scenarios,” Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Atlanta, GA October 7, 2014) (with Robert B. Milligan, Pamela Passman and George W. Prokop)
  • “International Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Law Update,” Seyfarth Shaw, LLP (Atlanta, GA July 31, 2014) (with Ming Henderson, Wan Li and Justine Turnbull)
  • ““Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Legislative Update,” Seyfarth Shaw, LLP (Atlanta, GA June 17, 2014) (with Katherine E. Perrelli and Dawn Mertineit)
  • “Highlights of Proposed European Commission Directive for Trade Secrets Protection,” ITechLaw 2014 World Technology Law Conference & Annual Meeting, Intellectual Property Committee Meeting (New York, NY May 14, 2014)
  • “Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Legislative Update,” Seyfarth Shaw, LLP (Atlanta, GA June 25, 2013) (with Bob Stevens and Erik Weibust)
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information in the Digital Age, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP (Atlanta, GA Oct. 18, 2012) (with Benjamin D. Briggs)
  • “How to Keep Secrets: Non-Disclosure Agreements,” Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA April 17, 2013)
  • “Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Legislative Update,” Seyfarth Shaw, LLP (Atlanta, GA Sept. 20, 2012) (with Bob Stevens and Erik Weibust)

Publications

Accolades

  • Selected as a Georgia “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers and Atlanta magazines (2012-15)