People: Frederick T. Smith, Partner

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Frederick T. Smith

Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 888-1021
Fax: (404) 892-7056
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Mr. Smith is a partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Smith represents employers in numerous industries (including financial services, hospitality, health care, risk information, technology, retail, and defense) in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters.  Mr. Smith devotes the majority of his practice to state and federal court litigation and arbitration (AAA and FINRA) matters, including actions involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants, state law tort and contract claims, and claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various other local, state and federal statutes. 

Mr. Smith has significant experience representing employers in all phases of complex employment litigation, including:

  • Multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuits under the ADA, Title VII/Section 1981, the FCRA, RICO, and state law claims
  • Collective actions under the ADEA, EPA, and FLSA
  • Lawsuits filed by the EEOC in federal courts across the country
  • EEOC Commissioner’s Charges 

Mr. Smith also regularly counsels clients regarding their employment policies and practices, including their drug and alcohol testing policies and practices, to help them comply with local, state, and federal laws and to avoid the expense and other wasted resources associated with state and federal court litigation.

Mr. Smith is one of the Firm’s leaders in the adoption of Six Sigma business process improvement methodologies to deliver legal services, and one of the architects of the SeyfarthLean administrative agency charge and employment litigation flat fee service offerings. 

Mr. Smith is a former Chairperson of the Firm’s Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group, and currently is a member of the Firm’s National Labor and Employment Group Steering Committee.

Mr. Smith is a partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Smith represents employers in numerous industries (including financial services, hospitality, health care, risk information, technology, retail, and defense) in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters.  Mr. Smith devotes the majority of his practice to state and federal court litigation and arbitration (AAA and FINRA) matters, including actions involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants, state law tort and contract claims, and claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various other local, state and federal statutes. 

Mr. Smith has significant experience representing employers in all phases of complex employment litigation, including:

  • Multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuits under the ADA, Title VII/Section 1981, the FCRA, RICO, and state law claims
  • Collective actions under the ADEA, EPA, and FLSA
  • Lawsuits filed by the EEOC in federal courts across the country
  • EEOC Commissioner’s Charges 

Mr. Smith also regularly counsels clients regarding their employment policies and practices, including their drug and alcohol testing policies and practices, to help them comply with local, state, and federal laws and to avoid the expense and other wasted resources associated with state and federal court litigation.

Mr. Smith is one of the Firm’s leaders in the adoption of Six Sigma business process improvement methodologies to deliver legal services, and one of the architects of the SeyfarthLean administrative agency charge and employment litigation flat fee service offerings. 

Mr. Smith is a former Chairperson of the Firm’s Employment Litigation and Counseling Practice Group, and currently is a member of the Firm’s National Labor and Employment Group Steering Committee.

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (1989)
    Associate Editor, Comparative Labor Law Journal
  • B.A., Wake Forest University, magna cum laude (1985)

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • North Carolina

Courts

  • Georgia State Courts
  • Illinois State Courts
  • North Carolina State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Representative Engagements

  • Pasternack v. LexisNexis Occupational Health Solutions Inc. et al., No. 14-4101 (2d Cir. 2016) (court of appeals affirmed district court order granting drug testing program administrator’s motion to dismiss employee’s negligence and fraud claims).
  • Whitten v. MetLife Securities Inc., No. 16-00122 (FINRA 2016) (arbitrator denied claimant’s request for expungement of termination information in Form U5 and for compensatory damages).
  • Muir v. First Advantage Background Servs. Corp., No. 2:16-cv-00521 (D.N.J. 2016) (district court granted consumer reporting agency’s motion to dismiss employee’s FCRA class action complaint).
  • McGuire v. 3M Co., No. 6:14-cv-02015-LCS (N.D. Ala. 2016) (district court granted employer’s motion for summary judgment in lawsuit brought by former employee for race discrimination under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1981).
  • Rocheleau v. First Advantage LNS Screening Solutions, Inc., No. 15-1588 (6th Cir. 2016) (appellate court affirmed district court grant of summary judgment to consumer reporting agency, holding FCRA’s two-year statute of limitations barred lawsuit).
  • Millman v. First Advantage Background Servs. Corp., No. 2:15-cv-00134-DRH-GRB (E.D.N.Y. 2015) (district court granted drug testing service agent’s motion to dismiss donor’s disability discrimination claims under ADA and New York State Human Rights Law).
  • Kugler v. LexisNexis Occupational Health Solutions Inc., No. 1:12-cv-00840-WCG (E.D. Wis. 2015) (jury verdict in favor of drug testing service agent in connection with donor’s negligence claim under Wisconsin law).
  • Holland v. Compass Group USA, Inc., 2015 WL 4208623 (W.D.N.C. 2015) (district court granted employer’s motion to dismiss lawsuit brought by former employee for race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII and wrongful termination under North Carolina law).
  • Cazeau v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 614 F. App’x 972 (11th Cir. 2015) (appellate court affirmed district court grant of summary judgment to employer in lawsuit by former employee for national origin and sex discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, discriminatory pay under EPA, and disability discrimination under ADA).
  • Johnson v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., No. 1:12-cv-03823-TWT (N.D. Ga. 2015) (district court granted employer’s motion for summary judgment in lawsuit brought by former employee for race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1981).
  • Stovall v. Compass Group USA, Inc., 2014 WL 2803522 (S.D. Ala. 2014) (district court granted employer’s motion for summary judgment in lawsuit brought by former employee for race and religious discrimination and retaliation under Title VII).
  • Mynatt v. Morrison Mgmt. Specialists, Inc. et al., No. 3:12-cv-00303-RLJ-HBG (E.D. Tenn. 2014) (district court granted employer’s motion for summary judgment in lawsuit brought by former employee for disability discrimination and retaliation under ADA and gender and race discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation under Title VII).
  • Austin v. Compass Group USA, Inc.,No. 2:12-cv-02564-RDP (N.D. Ala. 2014) (district court granted employer’s motion for summary judgment in lawsuit brought by former employee for race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII).
  • Jackson v. LexisNexis Risk Solutions FL Inc.,No. 3:11-cv-00778-WHB-RHW (S.D. Miss. 2013) (district court granted employer’s motion for summary judgment in lawsuit brought by former employee for gender discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, age discrimination under ADEA, and infliction of emotional distress under Mississippi law).
  • Toussaint v. JPMorgan Chase & Co.,No. 32 524 00285 12 (AAA 2013) (arbitrator granted summary judgment to employer on claimant’s national origin and race discrimination claims under Title VII and Florida Civil Rights Act).
  • Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc. v. Gupton et al.,No. 1:13-cv-00520-SCJ (N.D. Ga. 2013) (district court granted employer’s emergency motion for TRO and preliminary injunctive relief in connection with former sales executive’s breach of non-solicitation agreement).
  • Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. v. Whitt,No. 5:12-cv-00690-AKK (N.D. Ala. 2012) (district court granted employer’s emergency motion for TRO and preliminary injunctive relief in connection with former employee’s breach of non-disclosure/non-competition/non-solicitation agreement).
  • Holland v. Levy Premium Foodservice Ltd. P’ship and Compass Group USA, Inc., No. 11-14518-BB (11th Cir. 2012) (appellate court affirmed district court’s dismissal with prejudice of class action complaint brought by luxury suite attendants at the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, and the Atlanta Motor Speedway to recover service charge on suite food and beverage purchases through common law claims of breach of contract, breach of third-party beneficiary contract, unjust enrichment/quantum meruit, and conversion).
  • Lefevers v. GAF Corp., No. 00-5667 (6th Cir. 2012) (court of appeals affirmed award of summary judgment to employer in ADEA and Tennessee Human Rights Act lawsuit brought by former employee terminated as part of a reduction-in-force).
  • Alms v. LexisNexis Occupational Health Solutions Inc. et al.,U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27081 (S.D. Ala. 2012) (district court granted summary judgment to drug testing program administrator in connection with employee’s negligence, wantonness, and defamation claims).
  • Lewis v. Wachovia Bank, No. 2:10-cv-01770-WMA (N.D. Ala. 2011) (district court granted employer’s motion for summary judgment in lawsuit brought by former employee for sex and pregnancy discrimination under Title VII and race discrimination under 42 U.S.C. § 1981).
  • Gordon v. LexisNexis Screening Solutions Inc. et al., No. 3:10-cv-00579-CWR-LRA (S.D. Miss. 2011) (district court dismissed plaintiff’s Fair Credit Reporting Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and negligence claims against consumer reporting agency).
  • Smith v. AlliedBarton Sec. Serv. LLC et al., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107552 (W.D.N.C. 2011) (district court granted consumer reporting agency’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s Fair Credit Reporting Act, invasion of privacy, and unfair and deceptive trade practices claims and its motion to dismiss co-defendant’s claims for indemnification and contribution).
  • Morgan v. Kilgore Flares Co.,No. 1:09-cv-01056-JDB-egb (W.D. Tenn. 2010) (district court granted employer’s motion for summary judgment in lawsuit brought by former employee for race discrimination under Title VII and Tennessee Human Rights Act).
  • Maddox v. Chase Home Finance, LLC,No. 1:09-cv-02943-JOF (N.D. Ga. 2010) (district court granted company’s motion to dismiss pro se plaintiff’s discrimination lawsuit because of failure to timely serve defendant).
  • Boatner v. ChoicePoint Workplace Solutions Inc. et al.,2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44264 (D. Or. 2010) (district court granted consumer reporting agency’s motion to dismiss cross claims for contribution and indemnification).
  • Woo et al. v. Nike, Inc.,2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38465 (N.D. Ga. 2010) (district court granted employer’s motion to transfer case in restrictive covenant litigation involving former employee and her potential new employer).
  • Chambers et al. v. North Highland Properties, Inc. et al.,Nos. 1:09-cv-00291-WSD and 1:09-cv-00502-WSD (N.D. Ga. 2009) (district court granted commercial property owner’s motions for summary judgment in ADA Title III lawsuits).
  • Lerman et al. v. The City of Fort Lauderdale, 346 F. App’x 500 (11th Cir. 2009) (court of appeals affirmed grant of summary judgment to city in lawsuit brought by group of police officers who alleged that the city discriminated against them because of their age in violation of the ADEA and the Florida Civil Rights Act by implementing an early retirement incentive plan), cert. denied, 130 S. Ct. 1543 (2010).
  • Jenkins v. Wachovia Bank, N.A.,No. 1:08-cv-00052-LGW-WLB (S.D. Ga. 2009) (court granted company’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s Title VII and common law tort claims).
  • Culverson v. GSC Atlanta, Inc.,No. 1:07-cv-00655-JEC (N.D. Ga. 2009) (district court granted employer’s motion for summary judgment in lawsuit brought by former employee for race discrimination and racial and sexual harassment under Title VII).
  • Conner v. Lafarge North America Inc., 343 F. App’x 537 (11th Cir. 2009) (grant of summary judgment affirmed in lawsuit filed by current employee who brought claims of race discrimination under Title VII and Section 1981 over denial of promotion).
  • Brown v. United HealthCare of Florida, Inc., 984 So. 2d 583 (District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District 2008) (appeals court reversed circuit court order denying employer’s motion to stay proceedings and to compel arbitration of former employee’s lawsuit involving gender discrimination and retaliation claims under Florida Civil Rights Act and six other claims).
  • Chemence, Inc. et al. v. Godfrey & Wing, Inc., No. 08-CV-147142 (Superior Court of Fulton County, Ga. 2008) (superior court dismissed complaint for declaratory judgment filed by former employee and his new employer, in which they sought to have restrictive covenants in employment agreement between the employee and his former employer declared void and unenforceable, for lack of personal jurisdiction).
  • Lafarge North America Inc. and United Steelworkers, Local 9-0537, No. 07-56272-3 (FMCS 2008) (arbitrator denied grievance and upheld discharge of employee who used racial slurs in workplace).
  • Robinson v. Lafarge North America Inc., No. 06-15000-F (11th Cir. 2007) (district court order awarding summary judgment to employer in current employee’s lawsuit involving racial harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims under Title VII and Section 1981 affirmed by court of appeals).
  • Terry v. EarthLink, Inc., No. 1:05-CV-1059-JTC-LTW (N.D. Ga. 2007) (district court granted employer’s motion for summary judgment involving former employee’s claims of race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII and Section 1981).
  • Fontenot v. Wachovia Securities, LLC, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77288 (E.D. La. 2006) (summary judgment granted to employer in lawsuit brought by former employee for age discrimination and retaliation under the ADEA and Louisiana’s age discrimination act).
  • Price v. Lafarge North America Inc., No. 06-14112-F (11th Cir. 2006) (court of appeals affirmed district court grant of summary judgment to employer with respect to former employee’s claims of gender harassment and discrimination under Title VII, racial harassment and discrimination under Title VII and Section 1981, retaliation under Title VII and Section 1981, FMLA interference, and state law claims for invasion of privacy and negligent supervision, training and retention).
  • Becerra v. EarthLink, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2383 (D. Kan. 2006) (summary judgment granted to employer in former employee’s lawsuit involving failure to accommodate, retaliation, and constructive discharge claims under the ADA).
  • Patel et al. v. United Behavioral Health et al., No. 32 160 M 00216 04 (AAA 2005) (arbitrator granted summary judgment to employer on claimants’ wrongful termination claims under Florida Whistle-blower Act).
  • Pearsall v. United HealthCare Serv., Inc., No. 4:03-CV-00722-JLH (E.D. Ark. 2005) (summary judgment granted to employer in lawsuit involving Title VII hostile work environment, disparate pay, and retaliation claims brought by former employee).
  • Smith v. Burns Int’l Serv. Corp., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13128 (M.D. Ga. 2005) (summary judgment granted to employer with respect to former employee’s claims of sex discrimination and retaliation under Title VII and state law claims of emotional distress and negligent retention).
  • Triguero v. ABN AMRO Bank N.V. et al., 273 Ga. App. 92, 614 S.E.2d 209 (Ga. Ct. App. 2005) (court of appeals affirmed superior court grant of summary judgment to employer, subsidiary, and executive in defamation lawsuit brought by former employee, a nonresident alien, in connection with an employment reference provided by executive in The Netherlands).
  • Wells et al. v. EarthLink, Inc., No. CV-02-1372-PHX-RGS (D. Ariz. 2005) (summary judgment granted to employer in lawsuit involving Title VII hostile work environment and retaliation claims and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims brought by three former employees).
  • Holman v. Lafarge North America Inc., No. 5:04-22404-27 (D.S.C. 2005) (district court granted employer’s motion to dismiss, with prejudice, former employee’s wrongful termination and intentional infliction of emotional distress/outrage claims).
  • PACE Int’l Union Local No. 3-0537 v. Lafarge North America Inc., No. CV-04-B-2652-W (N.D. Ala. 2005) (district court granted employer’s motion to dismiss union’s claims for breach of contract, declaratory judgment, and specific performance in connection with employer’s processing of terminated employee’s grievance pursuant to Section 301 and statute of limitations).
  • Kornegay v. Lafarge North America Inc. et al., No. 04-14405-1 (11th Cir. 2005) (court of appeals affirmed district court grant of summary judgment to employer with respect to former employee’s Section 301 claim as well as state law claims for breach of contract, declaratory judgment, retaliatory discharge, and fraud).
  • Amy v. United HealthCare Serv., Inc., No. 1:02-CV-2853-CAM (N.D. Ga. 2004) (summary judgment granted to employer in Title VII religious discrimination lawsuit involving failure to accommodate and disparate treatment claims brought by former employee terminated as part of a reduction in force).
  • Pearison v. Pinkerton’s, Inc., No. 03-5491 (6th Cir. 2004) (appellate court affirmed district court’s granting of employer’s motion to dismiss Title VII and Tennessee Human Rights Act race discrimination lawsuit brought by former employee).
  • Gober et al. v. ALLTEL Communications, Inc., No. 1:01-CV-3381-ODE (N.D. Ga. 2003) (summary judgment granted to employer in lawsuit involving claims of race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII and Section 1981 and intentional infliction of emotional distress brought by a current employee and his former supervisor who was terminated).
  • AT&T Broadband and CWA, Local 3250, No. 020724-13754-3 (FMCS 2003) (arbitrator denied grievance and upheld termination of employee whose safety-related misconduct resulted in his accumulation of excessive points under the employer’s safety policy).
  • Brooks v. Dow Jones & Co., Inc., No. 1:01-CV-0882-CC (N.D. Ga. 2002) (summary judgment awarded to employer in ADA lawsuit brought by former employee who claimed that the company terminated his employment because it perceived him to be disabled).
  • McCarley v. MediaOne of Colorado, Inc., No. 1:00-CV-3415-CC (N.D. Ga. 2002) (district court adopted arbitrator’s award of judgment to employer with respect to former employee’s Title VII and Section 1981 race discrimination and breach of contract claims).
  • McBride v. United HealthCare of Florida, Inc., No. 3:00-CV-1005-J-25TJC (M.D. Fla. 2002) (summary judgment awarded to employer in ADEA and Title VII lawsuit brought by former employee who claimed she was terminated because of her age and sex).
  • Willis v. Blue Ridge Paper Prod., Inc., No. 3:00-CV-77 (DF) (M.D. Ga. 2001) (summary judgment granted to employer in lawsuit brought by former employee who claimed he was slandered, and terminated because of his race and subjected to a sexually hostile work environment in violation of Title VII).
  • Calhoun v. Blue Circle Cement, Inc., No. CV-99-N-2147-S (N.D. Ala. 2001) (summary judgment awarded to employer in Title VII race discrimination lawsuit brought by former employee who claimed he was unlawfully denied promotion, subjected to a racially hostile work environment, and constructively discharged).
  • Freeman v. Wells Fargo Fin., Inc., No. 4 00-CV-388-HLM (N.D. Ga. 2001) (employer’s motion to stay proceedings and to compel arbitration of former employee’s Title VII, ADA, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, and negligent hiring, retention, supervision, and entrustment claims granted pursuant to employment agreement and Federal Arbitration Act).
  • Harper v. United HealthCare of Florida, Inc., No. 2D01-193 (District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Second District 2001) (appeals court affirmed circuit court granting of employer’s motion to compel arbitration of former employee’s Florida Whistle-blower Act claim pursuant to employer’s employment arbitration policy and Florida Arbitration Code). 
  • Benitez v. United HealthCare Corp. et al., No. 99-1447 (S.D. Fla. 2001) (district court adopted arbitrator’s award of judgment to employer, after three day hearing, with respect to terminated employee’s age discrimination claims under the ADEA and the Florida Civil Rights Act).
  • Hulcher Services, Inc. v. R.J. Corman R.R. Co., L.L.C. and Daniel J. Keating, 247 Ga. App. 486, 543 S.E.2d 461 (Ga. Ct. App. 2000) (court of appeals affirmed trial court’s grant of declaratory judgment to company and its employee, declaring restrictive covenant in employment agreement between employee and his former employer to be void and unenforceable as a matter of Georgia law).
  • R.J. Corman R.R. Co., L.L.C. and Randy Hegwood v. Hulcher Services, Inc., No. 2000CV29361 (Superior Court of Fulton County, Ga. 2000) (superior court entered temporary restraining order enjoining company from attempting to enforce in any manner, including the filing of another lawsuit in any other forum, a restrictive covenant contained in an employment agreement between the company and one of its former employees).
  • Amos v. Blount County Health Care, Inc. et al., No. CV-99-N-0612-S (N.D. Ala. 2000) (summary judgment granted to employer in lawsuit brought by former employee who alleged she was retaliated against in violation of the ADEA because she filed two charges of discrimination against her employer’s predecessor).
  • Crosskey v. United HealthCare Corp., No. CV 97-5181 ER (Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit, Jefferson County, Ala. 2000) (circuit court adopted arbitrator’s award of summary judgment to employer with respect to terminated employee’s workers’ compensation retaliation claim under Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act).
  • McNally v. United HealthCare of Florida, Inc., No. 99-017070 CACE (18) (Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Fla. 2000) (circuit court granted employer’s motion to stay proceedings and to compel arbitration of former employee’s sexual harassment and retaliation claims under the Florida Civil Rights Act pursuant to employer’s employment arbitration policy and Florida Arbitration Code).
  • Marshall v. American Hosp. Ass’n, 157 F.3d 520 (7th Cir. 1998) (award of summary judgment to employer affirmed in Title VII sex/pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by pregnant employee terminated during probationary period).
  • Auston v. Schubnell et al., 116 F.3d 251 (7th Cir. 1997) (award of summary judgment to Children’s Memorial Medical Center and six individual defendants affirmed in lawsuit involving Title VII, breach of contract, promissory estoppel and tortious inference with contract claims filed by employee who was terminated following a protracted leave of absence).

Recent Presentations and Publications

  • Co-Author, "Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Employers May Need To Accommodate Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use," Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (July 18, 2017)
  • Speaker “SEC Confidentiality Provisions and Whistleblowing Highlights,” 16th Banking and Finance Forum, Charlotte, North Carolina (November 18, 2016)
  • Expert Interview, “GC Agenda - Labor & Employment,” Practical Law The Journal (April 2016)
  • Expert Interview, “GC Agenda - Labor & Employment,” Practical Law The Journal (July/August 2015)
  • Expert Interview, “GC Agenda - Labor & Employment,” Practical Law The Journal (April 2014)
  • Author, “Marijuana at Work - Medical or Not,” ASA Staffing Success  (January/February 2014)
  • Expert Interview, “GC Agenda - Labor & Employment,” Practical Law The Journal (October 2013)
  • Expert Interview, “GC Agenda - Labor & Employment,” Practical Law The Journal (July/August 2013)
  • Speaker, “Best Practices for Drug and Alcohol Testing - What You Need to Know,” American Staffing Association Webinar (February 23, 2012)
  • Author, “The Straight Dope on Medical Marijuana,” ASA Staffing Today (February 13, 2012)
  • Speaker, “Recommended Practices for Drug Testing and the Use of Medical Marijuana,” Lexington Insurance Webcast (March 10, 2011)
  • Quoted in “Medical Marijuana Laws Create Dilemma for Firms,” Business Insurance (February 14, 2010)
  • Speaker, “Preventing Substance Abuse in the Workplace: How to Implement a Successful Program That Saves Dollars and Lives,” Brickhouse of NY, Inc. Webcast (October 26, 2009)
  • Author, “Law Firms Must Respond to Recession,” Atlanta Business Chronicle, at 28A (July 3-9, 2009)
  • Speaker, “State and Federal Legislative Update,” Employment, Labor & Benefits Issues for the New Economic & Political Environment Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia (May 15, 2008)
  • Television Interview, CBS 46 Investigates: City of Atlanta Payroll (February 20, 2008)
  • Speaker, “Controlling Substance Abuse,” National Association of Tower Erectors Convention, Orlando, Florida (February 12, 2008)
  • Speaker, “Avoiding Legal Jeopardy: Legal Trends in the Staffing Industry,” Labor Finders International, Inc. Convention, Miami, Florida (August 18, 2007)
  • Speaker, “Religious Accommodation Principles: Balancing Bible Belt Values, a Diverse Work Force and an Increasingly Secular World,” Compliance Boot Camps for the HR Professional, Dalton and Atlanta, Georgia (April 3, 2007 and May 15, 2007)
  • Speaker, “Protecting The Executive Suite,” The Association of Corporate Counsel, Atlanta, Georgia, (June 20, 2006)
  • Speaker, “What Advocates Want From Mediators:  Empathy?  Effectiveness?  Evaluation?  All of the Above?” The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s Spring Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (April 8, 2006)
  • Moderator,  “Conducting Investigations of Complaints of Harassment, Discrimination, Fraud & Corruption”, NorthStar Conferences LLC’s Advanced Approaches to Labor and Employment Law and Employee Benefits for In-House Counsel Conference,  New York City (May 5, 2005)
  • Speaker, “Cutting Edge Ideas on the Use of Affirmative Defenses,” The Atlanta Bar Association Advanced Employment Law Conference and Retreat, (March 18, 2005)

Community Involvement

  • Pro bono counselor on employment issues to CARE, Georgia Organics, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charlotte.
  • Christ Episcopal Church (Charlotte) Children and Family Ministry Commission
  • Wake Forest University Alumni Council