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Brett C. Bartlett

Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 888-1875
Fax: (404) 892-7056
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Brett Bartlett is a Chambers-rated partner in the Labor and Employment Department and the Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His experience defending businesses across the country in more than 150 class, collective, and complex employee pay, overtime, and hours-related lawsuits informs the counsel that he provides as a trusted advisor to the firm’s clients as they strive to comply with local, state, and federal laws. His work helping businesses to prevent compliance-related risks informs the strategies that he recommends to help those clients secure the results they desire when litigation or investigation is unavoidable.

Additional information about Mr. Bartlett:

  • Rated by in-house counsel as a BTI Client Service All-Star, for his acute focus on providing practical advice to clients across a variety of industries 
  • Identified as one of Georgia’s Legal Elite by GeorgiaTrend magazine
  • Recognized by the Financial Times as an innovator in the legal industry
  • Chair of Seyfarth Shaw's Labor & Employment Department in Atlanta
  • Co-chair national Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group
  • Leader of Practice Group’s Wage and Hour Law Compliance Initiative
  • Pivotal oversight and strategic partner, focusing on labor, employment, and related risks, overseeing numerous due diligence initiatives during clients’ potential acquisitions of targeted businesses and during others’ preparations to be acquired
  • Complex litigator who has defended more than 200 complex, collective, and class action lawsuits involving claims made by workers nationally claiming unpaid minimum wage, overtime premiums, and other compensation
  • Employers’ counsel who has defended dozens of investigations of pay, timekeeping, and classification practices by United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division
  • Trusted advisor to businesses undertaking practical compliance measures to mitigate risks arising from litigation and investigations concerning state and federal wage and hour laws and local pay-related ordinances
  • Author of Association of Corporate Counsel’s practical guide to wage and hour law compliance, the Wage and Hour InfoPak
  • Architect of The FLSA Exemption Resource Center (http://www.seyfarth.com/FLSA-Exemption-Resource-Center), which contains cutting-edge guidance and other resources for businesses striving to comply with state and federal laws governing employee classifications
  • Co-author of definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation (Law Journal Press)
  • Frequent source for national media concerning worker pay and classification concerns, change management in stratified organizations, and diversity within the law firm industry
  • Member of Third Place Team, 2016 Women in Law Hackathon sponsored by DiversityLab, Stanford Law, and Bloomberg Law
  • Former Chairperson, Board of Directors, Atlanta Market March of Dimes
  • Member, Leadership Atlanta Class of 2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Leadership Atlanta, 2018 to present
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Georgia School of Law, Innovation in the Practice of Law

Mr. Bartlett has substantial experience representing clients in the following industries and niche areas of the domestic and international economy:

Private Equity

Transportation / Logistics

Retail

Hotel

Restaurant

Staffing / Placement

Publishing

Financial Services

Consumer Services

Government Services / Contracting

Sharing & Gig Economy

Last Mile

Insurance

Manufacturing

Healthcare / Senior Health Care

 

Brett Bartlett is a Chambers-rated partner in the Labor and Employment Department and the Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His experience defending businesses across the country in more than 150 class, collective, and complex employee pay, overtime, and hours-related lawsuits informs the counsel that he provides as a trusted advisor to the firm’s clients as they strive to comply with local, state, and federal laws. His work helping businesses to prevent compliance-related risks informs the strategies that he recommends to help those clients secure the results they desire when litigation or investigation is unavoidable.

Additional information about Mr. Bartlett:

  • Rated by in-house counsel as a BTI Client Service All-Star, for his acute focus on providing practical advice to clients across a variety of industries 
  • Identified as one of Georgia’s Legal Elite by GeorgiaTrend magazine
  • Recognized by the Financial Times as an innovator in the legal industry
  • Chair of Seyfarth Shaw's Labor & Employment Department in Atlanta
  • Co-chair national Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group
  • Leader of Practice Group’s Wage and Hour Law Compliance Initiative
  • Pivotal oversight and strategic partner, focusing on labor, employment, and related risks, overseeing numerous due diligence initiatives during clients’ potential acquisitions of targeted businesses and during others’ preparations to be acquired
  • Complex litigator who has defended more than 200 complex, collective, and class action lawsuits involving claims made by workers nationally claiming unpaid minimum wage, overtime premiums, and other compensation
  • Employers’ counsel who has defended dozens of investigations of pay, timekeeping, and classification practices by United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division
  • Trusted advisor to businesses undertaking practical compliance measures to mitigate risks arising from litigation and investigations concerning state and federal wage and hour laws and local pay-related ordinances
  • Author of Association of Corporate Counsel’s practical guide to wage and hour law compliance, the Wage and Hour InfoPak
  • Architect of The FLSA Exemption Resource Center (http://www.seyfarth.com/FLSA-Exemption-Resource-Center), which contains cutting-edge guidance and other resources for businesses striving to comply with state and federal laws governing employee classifications
  • Co-author of definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation (Law Journal Press)
  • Frequent source for national media concerning worker pay and classification concerns, change management in stratified organizations, and diversity within the law firm industry
  • Member of Third Place Team, 2016 Women in Law Hackathon sponsored by DiversityLab, Stanford Law, and Bloomberg Law
  • Former Chairperson, Board of Directors, Atlanta Market March of Dimes
  • Member, Leadership Atlanta Class of 2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Leadership Atlanta, 2018 to present
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Georgia School of Law, Innovation in the Practice of Law

Mr. Bartlett has substantial experience representing clients in the following industries and niche areas of the domestic and international economy:

Private Equity

Transportation / Logistics

Retail

Hotel

Restaurant

Staffing / Placement

Publishing

Financial Services

Consumer Services

Government Services / Contracting

Sharing & Gig Economy

Last Mile

Insurance

Manufacturing

Healthcare / Senior Health Care

 

Education

  • J.D., Mercer University School of Law (1999)
    Chair Person, Moot Court Board; Wagner Labor & Employment Moot Court Competition

  • B.A., Oberlin College (1994)

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • New York

Courts

  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section, Federal Labor & Standards Legislative Committee)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Labor & Employment Section)
  • State Bar of New York (Labor & Employment Section)

Representative Publications

  • Co-Author, "Obama Overtime Rule Invalidated by Federal Court in Texas," Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 1, 2017)
  • Co-Author, "DOL Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employers: What It Means and What Employers Should Do Now," Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 20, 2017)
  • Co-Author, "Labor Department Expansively Defines Joint Employment Under FLSA," Westlaw Journal Employment (February 17, 2016)
  • Co-Author, "How Hospitality Industry Employers Can Navigate the New White-Collar Overtime Rules: Turning Legal Change Into Business Opportunity," Hospitality Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (July 7, 2015)
  • Co-Author, "Full-day Deductions Are Out of Whack With the Fluctuating Workweek," Wage & Hour Tip of the Week, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (March 6, 2014)
  • Co-Author, "Implement A Wage & Hour Complaint Hotline," Wage & Hour Tip of the Week, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 16, 2014)
  • Co-Author, “Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation,” ALM Law Journal Press (2012) Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation.
  • Contributing Author, “Fair Labor Standards Act, Cumulative Supplement,“ ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (2002-2011)

Representative Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, "15th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report Webinar," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (February 21, 2019)
  • Co-Presenter, "WHD’s White Collar Listening Sessions: A Recap and Discussion of Next Steps," Webinar, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 25, 2018)
  • "Call for Involvement: WHD’s FLSA Exemption Listening Sessions," Webinar, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 7, 2018)
  • "14th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report Webinar," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (March 1, 2018)
  • "DOL’s Request for Information on the FLSA's White-Collar Exemptions: What It Is and What It Means for Employers," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (August 15, 2017)
  • “Overtime Rules Will Not Change On December 1! What Now?,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 29, 2016)
  • "Overtime Exemption Rules: Countdown to December 1, Liftoff from December 2," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 4, 2016)
  • Participant, Women in Law Hackathon, sponsored by Stanford Law School, Bloomberg Law, and the DiversityLab (June 24, 2016)
  • Panelist with Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil, “#OTRuleChat,” Twitter Chat, hosted by Bloomberg BNA (June 16, 2016)
  • "Spotlight on Wage & Hour Investigations: How to Prepare For and Respond to a DOL Investigation," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (December 18, 2015)
  • “The Employer/Employee Relationship Suffers Radical Change:  The Department of Labor’s Restrictions on Overtime Pay Exemptions, an Expanding Definition of “Employee,” and the Overarching Effect of the National Labor Relations Board’s Browning-Ferris Ruling on the Determination of Joint Employer Status”  presented for Corporate Counsel Institute (December 10/11, 2015)
  • “Wage and Hour Recent Developments” presented at the 45th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute (December 4, 2015)
  • “Addressing Joint Employer Issues in the Retail Industry” Webinar (October 29, 2015)
  •  “Business Etiquette: The New Rules in a Digital Age” (2012)
  • “Drafting the Blueprint:  Modeling An Effective & Efficient Defense to Collective and Class Actions” (2012)

Representative Media Mentions

  • Quoted, “Top 7 Workplace Legal Trends for 2017,” SHRM (January 3, 2017)
  • Quoted, “Justice Department Asks Court to Halt Proceedings in Overtime Case,” SHRM (December 15, 2016)
  • Quoted, “Fair to Blame Puzder for Franchisee Wage Violations?,” Bloomberg BNA (December 13, 2016)
  • Quoted, “Regulatory Reform Likely Under Puzder,” SHRM (December 12, 2016)
  • Quoted, “Congress May Use Review Act to Nullify Overtime Rule,” SHRM (December 9, 2016)
  • Quoted, “Inaugural Women in Law Hackathon Generates Groundbreaking Ideas That Will Be Piloted by 36 Top Law Firms,” Press Release, published by Women in Law Hackathon, Diversity Lab (December 6, 2016)
  • Quoted, “Subway, DOL Compliance Deal a New Template for Franchises?,” Bloomberg BNA (August 2, 2016)
  • Quoted, “Will New Overtime Regulations Alter the U.S. Research Landscape?,” SHRM (July 14, 2016)
  • Quoted, "WHD Stats Tell Mixed Story on Enforcement Success,"  Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report (January 26, 2016)