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Renate M. Walker

Associate

Atlanta
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Renate Walker is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Atlanta office.  Having worked as a human resources professional for nearly ten years before she attended law school, Ms. Walker advises and represents clients in a broad range of employment-related matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour actions.

Ms. Walker’s approach to labor and employment law is informed by the experience she gained as a human resources professional.  In that role, Ms. Walker advised businesses of various sizes regarding human resources best practices, policy development, and employee handbooks.  She also provided day-to-day support in a variety of industries to business stakeholders on a broad range of human resources responsibilities, including recruiting, performance management, and employee relations responsibilities.  Through this experience, Ms. Walker developed an understanding of the pressure points that must be managed to facilitate the practical integration of human resources strategy into the achievement of operational goals.  And, because she partnered with in-house and outside counsel to respond to charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and similar state agencies, she realized the need for an employer’s lawyers to provide business-practical advice that can align with those operational objectives.

Ms. Walker is also experienced in running internal investigations and conducting workplace training on employment-related topics such as sexual harassment and union avoidance.

During law school, Ms. Walker completed a legal internship with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was a member of the first Legal Analytics Lab sprint team at Georgia State University, which utilized artificial intelligence and data analytics to make predictions regarding employment-related litigation in the Northern District of Georgia.

Ms. Walker holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.  She is also a registered third-party neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.

Renate Walker is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Atlanta office.  Having worked as a human resources professional for nearly ten years before she attended law school, Ms. Walker advises and represents clients in a broad range of employment-related matters, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour actions.

Ms. Walker’s approach to labor and employment law is informed by the experience she gained as a human resources professional.  In that role, Ms. Walker advised businesses of various sizes regarding human resources best practices, policy development, and employee handbooks.  She also provided day-to-day support in a variety of industries to business stakeholders on a broad range of human resources responsibilities, including recruiting, performance management, and employee relations responsibilities.  Through this experience, Ms. Walker developed an understanding of the pressure points that must be managed to facilitate the practical integration of human resources strategy into the achievement of operational goals.  And, because she partnered with in-house and outside counsel to respond to charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and similar state agencies, she realized the need for an employer’s lawyers to provide business-practical advice that can align with those operational objectives.

Ms. Walker is also experienced in running internal investigations and conducting workplace training on employment-related topics such as sexual harassment and union avoidance.

During law school, Ms. Walker completed a legal internship with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was a member of the first Legal Analytics Lab sprint team at Georgia State University, which utilized artificial intelligence and data analytics to make predictions regarding employment-related litigation in the Northern District of Georgia.

Ms. Walker holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.  She is also a registered third-party neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.

Education

  • J.D., Georgia State University, magna cum laude (2018)

  • M.B.A., Wright State University (2005)

  • A.B., Washington University in St. Louis (2003)

Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Georgia Superior Courts
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia 
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia