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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 and Hour Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes defending employers in class and collective action lawsuits, representing clients facing agency investigations, and providing preventative counseling on a range of employment issues, with an emphasis on wage-and-hour compliance.
 
Mr. Young focuses his practice on defending employers in litigation arising under state and federal wage-and-hour laws. He has won the confidence of clients in nearly every major industry, including retail, restaurant, food service, insurance, real estate, financial services, staffing, transportation, storage, healthcare, and pharmacy, among others. Mr. Young’s caseload ranges from the most complex, such as lawsuits brought as “hybrid” actions in federal court and involving thousands of employees, to the more basic, such as single-plaintiff claims brought in state court under state law or common law theories.
 
In addition, Mr. Young regularly represents employers facing investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Such work spans from same-day, single-location “on-sites,” to expansive, multi-site investigations. As WHD’s enforcement activities have spiked in recent years, so too has Mr. Young’s reputation for helping employers to effectively and efficiently handle the investigative process.
 
Drawing upon all of this experience, Mr. Young also provides proactive counseling to help employers avoid costly litigation. In addition to general day-to-day advice, he has carried out numerous comprehensive assessments of employers’ pay practices, job classifications, and general employment policies, practices, and handbooks. Through this work, Mr. Young helps employers to identify legal exposure, plan a right-sized response, and effectively mitigate risk.
 
Clients recognize Mr. Young as a thought leader on labor and employment issues. Recently, he has been helping businesses plan for the impact of expected revisions to the FLSA’s overtime exemptions and evolving standards for determining who is an independent contractor and who is an employee. He was a core member of Seyfarth’s 541 Task Force, which spearheaded the firm’s response to the proposed overtime rules. He is also an administrator of, and a frequent contributor to, the firm’s wage-and-hour blog. Pairing substantive knowledge with technological proficiency, Mr. Young has also developed multiple cutting-edge tools to help streamline and simplify various aspects of litigation.
 
Mr. Young is actively involved in the Atlanta community. He has represented and formed lasting relationships with numerous Atlanta-based pro bono clients, from small startups in need of basic structuring advice, to thriving nonprofits grappling with complex employment laws, to tenants facing wrongful eviction. He was named Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014, and has served on the group’s Advisory Board for several years.
 
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Young attended Vanderbilt Law School. There, he served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association and President of the Law School Ambassadors. He also spent a summer clerking for Judge George W. Miller of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
 

 

Kevin Young is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and a member of the Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes defending employers in class and collective action lawsuits, representing clients facing agency investigations, and providing preventative counseling on a range of employment issues, with an emphasis on wage-and-hour compliance.
 
Mr. Young focuses his practice on defending employers in litigation arising under state and federal wage-and-hour laws. He has won the confidence of clients in nearly every major industry, including retail, restaurant, food service, insurance, real estate, financial services, staffing, transportation, storage, healthcare, and pharmacy, among others. Mr. Young’s caseload ranges from the most complex, such as lawsuits brought as “hybrid” actions in federal court and involving thousands of employees, to the more basic, such as single-plaintiff claims brought in state court under state law or common law theories.
 
In addition, Mr. Young regularly represents employers facing investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Such work spans from same-day, single-location “on-sites,” to expansive, multi-site investigations. As WHD’s enforcement activities have spiked in recent years, so too has Mr. Young’s reputation for helping employers to effectively and efficiently handle the investigative process.
 
Drawing upon all of this experience, Mr. Young also provides proactive counseling to help employers avoid costly litigation. In addition to general day-to-day advice, he has carried out numerous comprehensive assessments of employers’ pay practices, job classifications, and general employment policies, practices, and handbooks. Through this work, Mr. Young helps employers to identify legal exposure, plan a right-sized response, and effectively mitigate risk.
 
Clients recognize Mr. Young as a thought leader on labor and employment issues. Recently, he has been helping businesses plan for the impact of expected revisions to the FLSA’s overtime exemptions and evolving standards for determining who is an independent contractor and who is an employee. He was a core member of Seyfarth’s 541 Task Force, which spearheaded the firm’s response to the proposed overtime rules. He is also an administrator of, and a frequent contributor to, the firm’s wage-and-hour blog. Pairing substantive knowledge with technological proficiency, Mr. Young has also developed multiple cutting-edge tools to help streamline and simplify various aspects of litigation.
 
Mr. Young is actively involved in the Atlanta community. He has represented and formed lasting relationships with numerous Atlanta-based pro bono clients, from small startups in need of basic structuring advice, to thriving nonprofits grappling with complex employment laws, to tenants facing wrongful eviction. He was named Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014, and has served on the group’s Advisory Board for several years.
 
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Young attended Vanderbilt Law School. There, he served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association and President of the Law School Ambassadors. He also spent a summer clerking for Judge George W. Miller of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
 

 

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

  • "Overtime Exemption Rules: Countdown to December 1, Liftoff from December 2," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 4, 2016)

Publications