Our firm congratulates partner Chris Arbery on joining the in-house legal team of one of his long-time clients. After 25 years of working in some of Atlanta’s best law firms, Chris has decided to take on this new and exciting challenge. Chris has been a trusted counselor for his clients, a skilled litigator, and a mentor to young lawyers. Although we cannot thank Chris enough for his dedication to his clients and our firm, we could not be more excited for Chris and his family as they begin their next chapter.
With Chris’s departure, the firm will be operating under a new name: HALL, GILLIGAN, ROBERTS & SHANLEVER, LLP. We will roll out an updated logo and website, and new email addresses, in the near future.
Established in 2010, HGRS LLP has steadily expanded to 14 lawyers working in four offices across Georgia and Florida. We continue to specialize in litigation, contracts, and legal counseling in employment, workplace, and business-related matters. We look forward to continued growth, and to continuing to provide sophisticated legal representation to our valued clients.Read More
HAGRS LLP is ranked in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list in two practice area categories. HAGRS is ranked regionally in Employment Law – Management (Tier 1) and Litigation – Labor and Employment (Tier 1); and nationally in Litigation – Labor and Employment (Tier 3). According to the selection committee, rankings are “based on a rigorous evaluation process,” and law firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” list are “recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.”Read More
HAGRS LLP is pleased to announce that Jennifer Sniadecki has joined the firm as an associate in its Seagrove Beach, Florida office. Jennifer is a graduate of American Military University. She received her law degree at the Mercer University – Walter F. George School of Law, where she was Co-Editor of the Mercer Intraschool Mock Trial Competition, President of the Association of Veteran Students, and a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Georgia. Before law school, Jennifer served six years in the U.S. Air Force and four years in the Georgia Air National Guard as an Instructor and Airborne Missions Systems Specialist. Her practice will focus on employment law (advising employers on compliance with employment laws and defending employers in workplace-related litigation) and on general business litigation matters. See Jennifer’s full bio at: https://hgrslaw.com/team/jennifer-k-sniadecki/.Read More
HAGRS LLP is pleased to announce that Wayne Cartwright has joined the firm as an associate in its Atlanta office. Wayne joins us from the law firm of Insley & Race LLP, where he gained significant litigation experience representing businesses and individuals in a variety of general liability and professional negligence matters. Wayne is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia. He received his law degree at the University of Georgia School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude, was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and was an editor of the Georgia Law Review. His practice will focus on employment law (advising employers on compliance with employment laws and defending employers in workplace-related litigation) and on general business / commercial litigation matters. See Wayne’s full bio at: https://hgrslaw.com/team/wayne-m-cartwright/Read More
Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Robert & Shanlever LLP has secured a complete defense verdict for its client, a nationally acclaimed sports organization, following a five-day jury trial before Chief Judge Robert C. I. McBurney in Fulton County Superior Court (Atlanta, Georgia). HAGRS’s trial team of partner Matt Gilligan and associates Elizabeth Newton and Brian Abrams defended their client against defamation and other claims asserted by the Plaintiff (another business). The Plaintiff sought over $1.6 million in damages. After five days of trial testimony, the Jury rendered a complete defense verdict after less than 2 hours of deliberations.Read More
HAGRS LLP recently obtained a grant of Summary Judgment and a complete dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that its client, a national financial institution, discriminated against the plaintiff (a current employee) on the basis of her race. The plaintiff alleged that our client failed to promote her to a senior management position. HAGRS Partner Wit Hall and associate Thomas Cox represented our client through extensive discovery proceedings and then filed the Motion for Summary Judgment. U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg granted the motion, adopting a favorable Report & Recommendation issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Russell G. Vineyard.Read More
Two attorneys at Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP have been included in “The Best Lawyers in America© for 2019.” Attorneys Matt Gilligan, Chris Arbery were selected by their peers for their “high caliber of work” in the practice area of Employment Law – Management. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a “rigorous peer-review survey.” Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”Read More
HAGRS LLP is pleased to announce that Mark L. Bonfanti has joined the firm as a partner in its Seagrove Beach, Florida office. Mark joins us from the law firm of Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A., where he was a Senior Attorney, representing employers in a wide spectrum of employment litigation matters and traditional labor matters. Prior to that, Mark served as in-house Labor and Employment Counsel for the nation’s second-largest grocery wholesaler and tenth-largest privately held corporation.
Mark is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (cum laude). He received his law degree at Florida State University College of Law. Florida Trend Magazine has recognized Mark as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” attorneys.
At HAGRS LLP, Mark’s practice will focus on employment law (advising both private and public employers on compliance with employment laws and defending employers in workplace-related litigation) and on traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining, grievances, and arbitration.
Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Home Society of Florida, and as a Trustee for the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation.
See Mark’s full bio at: https://hgrslaw.com/team/mark-l-bonfanti/Read More
HAGRS LLP associate attorney Elizabeth M. Newton has been recognized as a 2018 “Georgia Rising Star,” as published by Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. According to the selection committee, Rising Stars are those “outstanding” lawyers age 40 and under who have “attained a high degree peer recognition and professional achievement.” The Rising Star designation is limited to less than 2.5% of attorneys practicing in the State of Georgia.Read More
Several partners at Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts and Shanlever LLP (Wit Hall, Chris Arbery, Matt Gilligan, and Dave Roberts) have been recognized as 2018 “Georgia Super Lawyers,” as published in Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. According to the selection committee, Super Lawyers are those who have “achieved excellence in their practice” and are selected based on “a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” The designation is limited to less than 5% of attorneys practicing in the State of Georgia.Read More