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
The firm is proud to be recognized in the 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition as the “Top Small Law Firm” for Employment Law in the state of Georgia. Super Lawyers Business Edition is an annual resource that serves as the go-to-guide for general counsel and businesses when making legal hiring decisions. Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers and law firms who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.Read More
Hall, Arbery & Gilligan LLP partner Wit Hall has years of experience advising clients about federal government contract requirements including the drafting of affirmative action plans (AAPs), defense of compliance reviews and glass ceiling audits, and general compliance with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations.
We can help you navigate OFCCP rules, regulations, and procedures. Our firm can determine whether your organization is a covered contractor under Executive Order 11246 and its regulations; develop AAPs; train human resources and staffing personnel on compliance obligations; defend your organization during a compliance review or audit; and represent your organization during negotiation of conciliation agreements or defense of an OFCCP enforcement action.Read More
February 2013 – Two of the founding partners of Hall, Arbery & Gilligan LLP (Wit Hall and Chris Arbery) have been recognized as 2013 “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
February 2013 – Hall, Arbery & Gilligan LLP recently obtained dismissal of all claims in an employment case against its client, a nationwide retailer, on a successful motion to dismiss. The plaintiff, a former employee of the retailer, filed a complaint alleging various tort claims including intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and tortious interference with business relations. The Superior Court of Cobb County, Georgia, granted the motion to dismiss on February 11, 2013.Read More
Hall, Arbery & Gilligan LLP secured successful outcomes for several clients early in 2013 in cases involving Title VII civil rights claims, business disputes over competition by departed employees, and tort claims filed against a former employer. In two cases pending in the Northern District of Georgia, we obtained complete summary judgment in a Title VII retaliation case, and a complete dismissal of all claims in a 14-count business dispute lawsuit filed against a recently departed employee. In two state court cases, HA&G obtained dismissals in another departed employee business tort and restrictive covenant case, and in a case filed by a former employee alleging tortious interference, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy.Read More