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Kevin M. Young

Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 885-6697
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Kevin Young is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and a member of the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group. His primary expertise is in the area of state and federal wage and hour laws. Mr. Young has defended virtually every type of wage-hour lawsuit, from single-plaintiff cases to nationwide class or collective actions, in addition to counseling employers to help them identify, manage, and mitigate risk. Mr. Young has represented employers on a range of other issues as well, including under Title VII, the FMLA, the ADA, state laws, local ordinances, and private contracts.

While Mr. Young’s primary focus is counseling and defending businesses in employment law matters, he has made his deepest impact as an innovator who leverages technology and big data, and teams with attorneys and non-attorneys alike, to manage cases effectively and efficiently. Over the course of his career, Mr. Young has developed litigation document automation tools, worked with economists to develop cutting edge exposure analysis tools for class and collective action cases, and partnered with in-house project managers to streamline nationwide compliance audits.

Through this approach, Mr. Young has successfully defended numerous employers facing actual or threatened class and collective action lawsuits as well as U.S. Department of Labor investigations. His caseload has ranged from the highly complex, such as lawsuits brought as “hybrid” collective and class actions in federal court, to more routine single-plaintiff claims and arbitrations. Mr. Young also takes pride in drawing upon his experience to help employers identify and mitigate legal risk, whether through formal audits or routine, day-to-day counseling.

Through his proven track record, Mr. Young has won the confidence of employers in nearly every major industry, including retail, restaurant, food service, hospitality, staffing, technology, health care, insurance, real estate, financial services, transportation, and logistics, among others. He also routinely writes and speaks on employment law developments and provides training to HR professionals and front-line supervisors.

Mr. Young is active in the Atlanta community. He has represented and formed lasting relationships with numerous Atlanta-based nonprofits, from newer companies first hiring employees, to thriving businesses grappling with complex employment issues. He was named Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014 and served on the group’s Advisory Board for several years. In addition, Mr. Young plays for a recreational ice hockey team, which won its league championship in 2016 (and failed to make the playoffs the following season).

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Young attended Vanderbilt Law School and, for his undergraduate studies, the University of Florida. At Vanderbilt, Mr. Young served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association and President of the Law School Ambassadors. He also spent a summer clerking for the late Judge George W. Miller of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. At Florida, Mr. Young spent three summers working for Deloitte Tax, where he was introduced to many of the data-driven analytical skills that are part of the foundation of his practice today.

Kevin Young is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and a member of the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group. His primary expertise is in the area of state and federal wage and hour laws. Mr. Young has defended virtually every type of wage-hour lawsuit, from single-plaintiff cases to nationwide class or collective actions, in addition to counseling employers to help them identify, manage, and mitigate risk. Mr. Young has represented employers on a range of other issues as well, including under Title VII, the FMLA, the ADA, state laws, local ordinances, and private contracts.

While Mr. Young’s primary focus is counseling and defending businesses in employment law matters, he has made his deepest impact as an innovator who leverages technology and big data, and teams with attorneys and non-attorneys alike, to manage cases effectively and efficiently. Over the course of his career, Mr. Young has developed litigation document automation tools, worked with economists to develop cutting edge exposure analysis tools for class and collective action cases, and partnered with in-house project managers to streamline nationwide compliance audits.

Through this approach, Mr. Young has successfully defended numerous employers facing actual or threatened class and collective action lawsuits as well as U.S. Department of Labor investigations. His caseload has ranged from the highly complex, such as lawsuits brought as “hybrid” collective and class actions in federal court, to more routine single-plaintiff claims and arbitrations. Mr. Young also takes pride in drawing upon his experience to help employers identify and mitigate legal risk, whether through formal audits or routine, day-to-day counseling.

Through his proven track record, Mr. Young has won the confidence of employers in nearly every major industry, including retail, restaurant, food service, hospitality, staffing, technology, health care, insurance, real estate, financial services, transportation, and logistics, among others. He also routinely writes and speaks on employment law developments and provides training to HR professionals and front-line supervisors.

Mr. Young is active in the Atlanta community. He has represented and formed lasting relationships with numerous Atlanta-based nonprofits, from newer companies first hiring employees, to thriving businesses grappling with complex employment issues. He was named Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014 and served on the group’s Advisory Board for several years. In addition, Mr. Young plays for a recreational ice hockey team, which won its league championship in 2016 (and failed to make the playoffs the following season).

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Young attended Vanderbilt Law School and, for his undergraduate studies, the University of Florida. At Vanderbilt, Mr. Young served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association and President of the Law School Ambassadors. He also spent a summer clerking for the late Judge George W. Miller of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. At Florida, Mr. Young spent three summers working for Deloitte Tax, where he was introduced to many of the data-driven analytical skills that are part of the foundation of his practice today.

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law (2008)
  • B.S., B.A., University of Florida (2005)

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Florida

Courts

  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Fulton County Superior Court

Presentations

  • “PAID…In Full: Examining the DOL’s PAID Program,” Webinar, Presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 19, 2018)
  • “Permanent Gig? Rise, Response, and Challenges of a Contingent Workforce,” Presented to Client HR and In-House Counsel Audience (October 11, 2017)
  • “Advising Nonprofits on Employee Handbooks,” Presented by Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 2, 2017)
  • “Settling Wage & Hour Claims,” Webinar, Co-Presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Rukin Hyland (September 12, 2017)
  • “Brainstorming About Future Employer: The Impact of Technology on Wage & Hour Issues,” National Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group Meeting, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (August 16, 2017)
  • “Wage & Hour Litigation on the Rise: Tips for Staying Out of Trouble in 2017,” Webinar, Presented by ePay and Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 6, 2017)
  • “Anatomy of a Deal: Employment & Employee Benefits,” Presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 5, 2017)
  • “Employment Law 101: A Primer on Employment Discrimination, Harassment, and Wage-Hour Claims,” Co-Presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP and The Weiner Law Firm, LLC (December 6, 2016)
  • “Overtime Exemption Rules: Countdown to December 1, Liftoff From December 2,” Webinar, Presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 4, 2016)

Publications