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Education
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Central Michigan University, B.S., cum laude, 1991
Honors
  • Named a "Georgia Super Lawyer," as published in Atlanta Magazine and Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine, March 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Named one of "Georgia's Legal Elite," selected by Georgia attorneys and published in Georgia Trend Magazine, December 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Visionary Award, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, 2005
  • Listed as a "Top Attorney in Employment and Labor" in the Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, November/December 2010
Bar Admissions
  • Texas
  • Georgia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Annette A. Idalski
Shareholder

191 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Thirty-Fourth Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
TEL: 404.658.5386
FAX: 404.658.5387

Annette A. Idalski practices exclusively in the areas of labor and employment litigation and counseling, and is the Chair of the firm’s Employment and Labor Group in Atlanta.

She has successfully defended numerous employers nationwide against multi-plaintiff and single plaintiff lawsuits involving independent contractor status, wage and hour compliance, alleged discrimination involving sex, race, age and disabilities, sexual harassment, restrictive covenants, whistleblower actions, and traditional labor matters.  Ms. Idalski has obtained hundreds of successful outcomes for her clients including rulings and verdicts via summary judgment motions, arbitrations, and trials. She has handled highly sensitive and confidential sexual harassment investigations and has successfully counseled and defended these claims through arbitration and trial in federal and state courts throughout the United States.  

Ms. Idalski was lead defense counsel in a number of “bet the company” collective action FLSA lawsuits where she successfully obtained complete dismissals for the firm’s clients resulting in multi-million dollar savings to these companies.  In February 2013, Ms. Idalski prevailed for the firm’s oil field services client against the United States Department of Labor, which sought over $6 million in alleged overtime payments.  The District Court in Victoria, Texas granted summary judgment in its entirety and dismissed all FLSA claims against the oil field services client that were improperly brought by the United States Department of Labor.  The District Court found that the workers were independent contractors and not employees and that our client owed a zero sum. Ms. Idalski prevailed again in 2014 winning an award of over a half million dollars in attorneys' fees against the United States Department of Labor. Ms. Idalski provided commentary on this case to The Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal, Texas Lawyer, and Fox News Houston as well as other publications nationwide.   In April 2012, the District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada ruled in favor of the firm’s cable company client in a “hybrid” FLSA collective action/Rule 23 class action case finding that the cable company was not the joint employer of its contractor cable installer’s employees thereby preserving the cable company’s business arrangement. 

The firm’s clients rely on Ms. Idalski for employment counseling on a daily basis.  Known for her “no non-sense” and preventative advice, she provides guidance on employee issues arising out of or concerning wage and hour compliance, complex leaves of absence, hiring and firing, mergers and acquisitions, and collective bargaining matters.  She conducts legal compliance audits of clients’ human resources functions and prepares employee policies, employee handbooks and employment agreements.  Ms. Idalski has conducted hundreds of training courses and seminars on prevention of employment litigation covering every subject matter.

Ms. Idalski served as President of the Georgia Association For Women Lawyers during 2006-2007, and later served on the GAWL Advisory Board.

Reported Cases

  • Gate Guard Services, L.P. v. Perez, Civ. Act. File No. 6:10-cv-91, 2014 WL 1379189, p. *1 (S.D. Tex. Apr. 7, 2014), appeal docketed, No. 14-40585 (5th Cir. Jun. 9, 2014) (granting attorneys' fees award of  over $500,000 in favor of Gate Guard Services, L.P. because U.S. Department of Labor’s misclassification claim (alleging that the workers were employees and not contractors) was not substantially justified.
  • Gate Guard Services, L.P. v. Solis, No. V-10-91, 2013 WL 593418, *1 (S.D. Tex. Feb. 13, 2013) (Obtained summary judgment in favor of oil field services company in FLSA collective action where U.S. Department of Labor alleged that several hundred gate attendants were misclassification of contractors).
  • Gate Guard Services, L.P. v. Solis, No. 6:10-cv-91, 2011 WL 2784447 (S.D. Tex. July 12, 2011) (Successfully filed a declaratory judgment action in FLSA collective action concerning alleged misclassification of contractors and defeated motion to dismiss on behalf of oil field services company against Hilda Solis, United States Department of Labor).
  • Hill v. Lanier Parking Meter Services, LLC, No. 3:09-CV-627-H, 2010 WL 3944725 (W.D. Ky. Oct. 6, 2010), reconsideration denied, 2010 WL 5209346 (W.D. Ky. Dec. 15, 2010), aff’d, No. 11-5071 (6th Cir. Apr. 6, 2012), en banc rehearing denied (6th Cir. Aug. 9, 2012) (Obtained summary judgment on all claims for parking company in lawsuit involving allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and the Kentucky whistleblower statute).
  • Anthony Mugno v. Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques, Ltd., et al., No. 05-cv-2037 (DRH) (ARL), 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6570 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 30, 2007) (Obtained complete dismissal of claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act and ERISA). 
  • Cogburn Healthcare Ctr, Inc. v. NLRB, 437 F.3d 1266 (D.C. Cir. 2006) (Successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that Gissel Bargaining Order should be reversed).
  • Seward v. Alexander Properties Group, No. 1:05-CV-601-SEB-JPG, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31150 (S.D. Ind. Nov. 21, 2005) (Obtained complete dismissal of pregnancy discrimination case for property management company at pre-answer stage based on lack of personal jurisdiction). 

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment for construction company on counterclaim filed by former employee asserting Rule 23 class action claims under ERISA in United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division. .
  • Obtained directed verdict as lead counsel in jury trial against Title VII retaliation claims, the Florida Civil Rights Act, and the Florida Whistleblower's Act for a technology client in United States District Court, Southern District Miami. 
  • Twice obtained summary judgment and significant attorneys' fees awards for manufacturing company against age discrimination lawsuit in Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. 
  • Obtained summary judgment for pharmaceutical company in multi-plaintiff litigation involving allegations of Title VII national origin discrimination, harassment and retaliation in United States District Court, Western District of Michigan. 
  • Obtained summary judgment for Georgia public employer in multi-plaintiff litigation involving allegations of Title VII sexual harassment and Equal Pay Act in United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. 
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice after Plaintiff's deposition in FMLA lawsuit in United States District Court, Northern District of Florida for property management company. 
  • Obtained dismissal of class action complaint filed in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia at pre-Answer stage for property management company. 
  • Obtained arbitration award for Minnesota employer against its former employee alleging sexual assault and related torts in Broward County, Florida Circuit Court.   
  • Obtained summary judgment for a Las Vegas based cable company on the issue of joint employment in FLSA collective action in the United States District Court, District of Nevada.
  • Obtained zero sum settlement and dismissal for employer in race discrimination lawsuit in United States District Court, Southern District of Texas.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Georgia Association For Women Lawyers; Advisory Board, 2008-Present; Past President, 2007-2008; President, 2006-2007; President-Elect, 2005-2006; Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships, 2003-2005; Legislative Co-Chair, 2002-2003