Frederick T.Smith

Partner

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Fritz represents employers in all phases of complex employment litigation.


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Fritz is an experienced employment litigator based in the Southeast (with offices in Charlotte and Atlanta) who manages several of the firm’s largest employment portfolio relationships, leveraging his teams’ collective experience and his commitment to client service to deliver superior results and value. During his tenure as the chair of the firm’s Employment Litigation and Counseling practice group, Fritz was one of the principal architects of the SeyfarthLean administrative agency charge and employment litigation flat fee service offerings and one of the firm’s early adopters of Six Sigma business process improvement methodologies to deliver legal services. As a result, the majority of the routine employment matters that Fritz and his teams handle across the country are done so under flat fee and other alternative billing arrangements. Fritz employs the same philosophy and methodologies in efficiently managing and successfully resolving class and other complex employment litigation actions.

Fritz 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. Fritz devotes the majority of his practice to state and federal court litigation and arbitration (AAA and FINRA) matters, including actions involving 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, as well as a myriad of state law tort and contract claims.

Fritz has significant experience representing employers in all phases of complex employment litigation, including:

  • Multiplaintiff 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

Fritz also regularly counsels clients regarding their employment 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. Fritz also is a nationally recognized authority on workplace drug and alcohol testing policies and practices.

Fritz has been listed as one of top employment litigators in Georgia by Chambers USA (2014-2019), Best Lawyers in America (2013-2020), and Super Lawyers (2009-2020). Fritz is also the managing partner of the firm’s recently opened Charlotte office.  

  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School

    Comparative Labor Law Journal, associate editor

  • BA, Wake Forest University

    Magna cum laude

  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • North Carolina
  • US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • US District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • US District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • US District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • US District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Western District of New York
  • US District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • US District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • US District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • US District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Superior Courts
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Illinois Appellate Court
  • North Carolina Supreme Court
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • North Carolina Superior Court