HAGRS LLP is pleased to announce that Brian S. Abrams has joined the firm as an associate in its Atlanta office. Brian joins the firm following clerkships at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit with the Honorable Frank M. Hull (2016-2017) and at the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, with the Honorable Harold L. Murphy (2014-2016), where he gained invaluable experience in the federal trial and appellate courts.
Brian attended Vanderbilt University, where he graduated cum laude with an undergraduate degree in History with highest honors and Political Science. 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 Journal of International and Comparative Law.
Brian’s practice will focus on employment law (advising employers on compliance with employment laws and defending employers in workplace-related litigation) and on complex commercial litigation matters. See Brian’s full bio at: https://hgrslaw.com/team/brian-s-abrams/.Read More
HAGRS LLP is ranked in the 2018 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). According to the selection committee, rankings are “based on a rigorous evaluation process,” and law firms included in the 2018 “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
Five partners at Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts and Shanlever LLP (Wit Hall, Chris Arbery, Matt Gilligan, Dave Roberts, and Rebecca Shanlever) have been recognized as 2017 “Georgia Super Lawyers” as published by Atlanta Magazine. According to the selection committee, Super Lawyers are those who have “achieved excellence in their practice” and are selected based on peer recognition and professional achievement.Read More
New Counsel Donna Keeton Enhances Firm’s Affirmative Action Compliance Practice and Is Licensed in California
Donna Keeton joined the Firm earlier this month as Of Counsel, bringing more than 17 years of experience in guiding and representing companies with regard to various employment-related issues, including discrimination and harassment, reasonable accommodations and leaves of absence, wage and hour issues, layoffs and terminations, and employment agreements.
Donna also brings substantial expertise and experience assisting government contractors and subcontractors in complying with their affirmative action and other obligations and defending contractors and subcontractors during compliance reviews initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and similar state and local agencies.
Donna completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and obtained her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. She is admitted to practice in all state courts in both Georgia and California, as well as numerous federal district and appellate courts throughout the country.Read More
Leading legal industry publication “Super Lawyers” has named Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP as the 2015 “Top Law Firm” in Georgia in the small firm category for employment law. We are honored and sincerely grateful to all our clients who have made this possible.
Our Savannah office continues to grow with the addition of attorney Maury Bowen as a partner. Maury brings 20 years of diverse experience to the firm, most recently as a partner at another law firm and before that as Assistant General Counsel for a sizable corporation.
In her labor and employment practice, Maury advises and defends corporate clients On a wide variety of issues, including lawsuits, arbitrations, administrative charges, employment decisions of all types, collective bargaining issues, and multi-employer benefit plan management.
Maury also has a thriving corporate law practice, in which she advises on entity formation, asset sales and acquisitions, workforce restructuring, and various other matters.
Ms. Bowen is a 1994 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, with an undergraduate degree from the University of the South at Sewanee. She is an active member of the Savannah community and has served on boards for a number of charitable and educational organizations.
We are extremely excited to have such a strong presence in Savannah with Maury and Kristen Goodman, both of whom are long-time residents with outstanding professional reputations and relationships. Including our main office in Atlanta, the firm now has 12 lawyers focused on employment law and related litigation.Read More
We are extremely pleased to welcome Savannah attorney Kristen Goodman as a partner in the firm. Ms. Goodman joins us from Goodman Law Firm, which she founded in 2002. She was the lead appellate Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice in the Southern District of Georgia, before founding her own firm. Kristen will continue to practice in Savannah and Atlanta, handling a variety of legal matters, including litigation and advice on employment-related issues. Her practice also focuses on business law, unfair trade practices, health care law, Constitutional law, and appellate matters. She has extensive experience representing clients in the logistics industry and in the medical field.
Kristen is an Atlanta native who graduated with high honors from Emory University in 1989 and the University of Georgia School of Law (magna cum laude) in 1993. She is licensed in both Texas and Georgia. After clerking for the Honorable J.L. Edmondson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Kristen worked as an associate in the employment and labor group for Baker Botts, LLP in Houston Texas, and later as a litigation associate with Hunter Maclean in Savannah.Read More
We recently resolved a restrictive covenant dispute in favor of our client after obtaining a preliminary injunction to enforce the covenant. After an employee announced her resignation to work for a competitor, we obtained a preliminary injunction against the employee in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, precluding her continued employment. The employee appealed to the Eleventh Circuit. After the issues were fully briefed, and after being sidelined for seven months, the employee and the competitor agreed to various restrictions and a substantial payment to our client.Read More
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the grant of summary judgment and dismissal of claims against our client for alleged retaliation under 42 U.S.C. § 1981. In a case filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, a former employee claimed he had been terminated in retaliation for making allegations of race discrimination against the same manager in a prior job for another employer. In its order dated December 8, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit held that the plaintiff failed to show that our client’s legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for the discharge was untrue or a pretext for retaliation.Read More
The employment law firm of Hall, Arbery & Gilligan LLP has gained two new partners, David Allen Roberts and Rebecca Williams Shanlever, and a new counsel, Jonathan D. Letzring. The new firm, Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP, focuses on matters related to the workplace, including litigation and advice regarding non-compete and other employment agreements, compliance with federal and state employment laws, and virtually all aspects of the employment relationship.
Dave Roberts joins the new firm after founding and managing The Roberts Firm, P.C. since 2005, where he developed a thriving boutique non-compete practice in addition to serving clients in many other areas of employment law. Prior to establishing his own firm, Roberts practiced with Greenberg Traurig, Seyfarth Shaw, and Fisher Phillips. He has nearly 18 years of employment law and litigation experience. His practice emphasizes non-compete litigation and drafting, trade secrets and unfair competition, harassment, discrimination and retaliation cases and other employment litigation and preventative matters.
Rebecca Shanlever moves her practice from Troutman Sanders LLP, where she was a partner in that firm’s Labor & Employment Section. For more than 15 years, she has been litigating employment and business disputes and advising clients on a wide variety of employment issues. Shanlever has extensive experience handling discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases through all stages of litigation, from informal settlements and mediations to motion practice and jury trials. She also has significant experience with non-compete and related matters, including a favorable ruling in one of the first decisions involving Georgia’s new law on restrictive covenants.
In addition to the two new partners, the firm also welcomed Jonathan D. Letzring as counsel in December 2013. Jonathan is a former law clerk to the Honorable Phyllis Kravitch on the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, and the Honorable Timothy Batten in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Before joining the firm, he was an associate with King & Spalding in Atlanta. Jonathan will focus his practice on employment litigation and employment-related business disputes.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dave, Rebecca, and Jonathan to our team. The excellent legal skills, experience, and reputation that each of them brings to the table will enhance our ability to serve clients in virtually every industry,” said Wit Hall, the firm’s managing partner. “We are growing,” said Mr. Hall, “but we will remain intensely focused on providing first-rate, efficient, and cost-effective solutions for clients throughout Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and the southeast region.”
The predecessor firm was founded by Wit Hall, Chris Arbery, and Matt Gilligan in 2010, each of whom has focused on employment law for his entire career in private practice. The new firm currently has nine attorneys.
The firm recently was recognized in 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition as the “Top Small Law Firm” for employment law in the state of Georgia.Read More