Litigation and Dispute Resolution

As employment counselors, our lawyers work to help clients minimize the need for litigation by staying compliant with federal, state and other agency laws and regulations. However, when workplace issues and disputes arise, litigation is often inescapable. Our lawyers are experienced litigators who handle the most important employment-related cases for clients in a broad range of industries. We regularly appear in federal and state courts as well as in arbitration proceedings wherever our clients do business, and are recognized by Chambers USA for our particularly strong practices in Georgia and Virginia, where many of our longstanding clients are based. We have a strong record of obtaining dismissals, jury verdicts and affirmations on appeal.

Our employment litigation practice covers virtually every type of employment-related matter, from single-plaintiff lawsuits to large class-action matters. We successfully defend employers in lawsuits involving claims of discrimination, whistleblower and other types of retaliation, harassment, and wage-and-hour violations. We regularly handle cases involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information. Our lawyers also defend lawsuits brought by employees claiming wrongful discharge, negligent hiring and retention, and related state-law claims. We litigate employment matters across the country.

Our deep litigation experience enables us to help our clients recognize cases that can be easily resolved and identify the approach that will provide the best opportunity for an early and favorable settlement. Our lawyers are trained in traditional settlement negotiations and routinely use mediations, judicial settlement conferences, and other alternative dispute resolution methods whenever they serve the best interests of clients.

Essential to our litigation success is our careful collection, review, and management of documents and other electronically stored information. We work closely with eMerge, Troutman Sanders’ electronic-discovery affiliate, to keep discovery costs proportional to the value of litigation matters. We take a proactive approach to electronic discovery that focuses efforts on the early identification of key documents, ultimately helping limit the overall scope and cost of discovery. As additional support, eMerge provides end-to-end strategic and technical services, including developing customized solutions for data collection and processing; document review and production; database design and maintenance; technology assisted review, trial graphics and presentation technology; and overall project management. We leverage eMerge’s advanced technology and unique eDiscovery strategies to resolve cases more quickly and reduce the costs of litigation whenever possible.

Representative Experience

  • We regularly represent a leading regional utility in various employment law discrimination actions under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VII, including actions initiated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • We have served as lead counsel in the defense of a large forest-products company in dozens of lawsuits throughout the Southeast involving the full range of employment-related claims.
  • We defended a nuclear energy company against an ADA claim brought by a job applicant with bipolar disorder, resulting in new precedent in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and dismissal of all claims.
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Rankings & Recognition

  • U.S. News & World ReportBest Law Firms: Litigation - Labor & Employment – National (2015-2016) – Tier 1
  • U.S. News & World Report – Best Law Firms: Litigation - Labor & Employment – Atlanta (2015-2016) – Tier 1
  • U.S. News & World Report – Best Law Firms: Litigation - Labor & Employment – Richmond (2015-2016) – Tier 1
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