J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2004; Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, Law Review; Elliot E. Cheatham Scholarship; Dean’s Scholarship
B.A., summa cum laude, with honors, The Ohio State University, 2001; University Honors Scholarship
Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2012-2015
Listed, Georgia Trend magazine “Legal Elite”, 2013
Northern District of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
Georgia Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
Mr. Hall focuses his practice on labor and employment law, with an emphasis on litigation matters. He counsels both large and small employers on a variety of labor and employment issues, including avoidance of discrimination and retaliation claims, compliance with disability and medical leave requirements, wage and hour issues, employee terminations, restrictive covenants, union avoidance, trade secrets, and records retention. Mr. Hall has represented employers before state administrative agencies in numerous states, as well as before federal agencies, including the EEOC, DOL, and NLRB. He frequently drafts employment and separation agreements, as well as restrictive covenants and employee handbooks for multistate and multinational employers.
Mr. Hall has litigated numerous complex and contentious matters, including individual, class, and collective actions. Many of his employment cases involve issues such as trade secret, restrictive covenant, computer fraud and theft, ERISA, discrimination, and wage/hour issues. He also has experience litigating commercial cases involving securities fraud, franchisor/franchisee disputes, breach of contract, fraud/misrepresentation, and breach of warranty. Mr. Hall has represented clients in the state and federal trial courts in Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court.
Labor and Employment
- Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases
- Training managers and supervisors on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, FMLA, workers’ compensation, eDiscovery, wage/hour, and union avoidance issues
- Employment, separation, and settlement agreements
- Restrictive covenants (non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure)
- FLSA and state wage/hour issues
- Independent contractor issues
- Unfair competition, trade secrets, commercial theft, and intellectual property litigation
- State and federal computer fraud and computer theft statutes, and computer forensic investigations
- ERISA litigation
General Commercial Litigation
- Franchise litigation, including breach of contract, trademark infringement, and unfair competition
- Contract litigation, including breach of contract, good faith and fair dealing, breach of warranty, and industrial accidents
- Tortious interference with contract and business relationships
- Deceptive and unfair trade practices
- Fraud and misrepresentation
- Securities fraud
- Represented power generation services company in action against former executives and competitor they ultimately joined for breach of restrictive covenants, theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair competition. After a two week trial, the jury returned a total verdict of more than $30 million for our clients.
- Represented international pharmaceutical company in several putative ERISA and securities fraud class actions arising out of plaintiffs’ exercise of put rights in employee stock bonus plan shortly before merger announcement. Obtained summary judgment against multiple plaintiffs and obtained a complete defense verdict following two week jury trial in one of the related actions.
- Represented university in action brought by former professor. After years of litigation, university succeeded in having professor held in contempt, his claims dismissed, and attorneys’ fees awarded to university. The decision has withstood challenges in the Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court.
- Represented large franchisor of quick-service restaurants in action brought by former franchisee. Obtained summary judgment, damages, and attorneys’ fees for franchisor.
- Represented international pharmaceutical company in claim by former executive alleging gender and pregnancy discrimination and violations of the FMLA. All claims were ultimately dismissed, a result upheld on appeal.
- Represented former professional basketball players in pursuing ERISA claims for pension benefits.
- Represented client in heavy-industry services field in case involving theft of trade secrets, breach of restrictive covenants, and unfair competition. After obtaining spoliation sanctions against defendants, matter settled immediately before trial on favorable financial terms and with permanent injunctive relief.
- Represented executives of large insurance company against claims for tortious interference with contract asserted by former employee. Settled on favorable financial terms the night before trial.
News & Publications
- Mentioned, “Savannah Jury Awards $30M in Business Dispute,” Daily Report, September 11, 2015
- Co-Author, “Risky Business: Litigating Retaliation Claims,” The Journal of the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Volume 28, Number 3, Spring 2013
- Co-Author, “Misclassifying a Misclassification Claim: Using Unfair Trade Practices Statutes to Assert FLSA Claims,” ACI 11th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, January 2011
- Author, “Addressing Blogging by Employees,” The National Law Journal, June 6, 2005
- Author, “Bucking the Trend: The Unsupportability of Index Providers’ Imposition of Licensing Fees for Unlisted Trading of Exchange Traded Funds,” Vanderbilt Law Review, April 2004
Seminars & Presentations
- Panelist, “Retaliation and Whistleblowing Claims,” ACI’s EPLI Conference, July 28, 2015
- Speaker, “Retaliation: How to Avoid Being on the Wrong End of the Hottest Trend in Employment Law,” GEM Presentation, SHRM Atlanta – Buckhead, January 15, 2013
- Speaker, “Information Privacy and Security – Working Remotely, Social Networking, Employee Monitoring,” 22nd Annual SHRM-Atlanta HR Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 13-14, 2012
- Speaker, “Privacy and Social Media: The Rewards and Pitfalls of Social Networking in the Workplace and Managing Risk with the Claims that Arise,” 21st Annual SHRM-Atlanta HR Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 17-18, 2011
- Speaker, “Labor Union Avoidance: Countering Labor’s Aggressive New Organizing Strategies,” GEM Presentation, SHRM Atlanta, December 2010
- Speaker, “A Breach of Security in an Electronic Age: The New Risks and Realities for HR Managers with the Theft of Electronic Records,” SHRM Atlanta HR Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 18, 2010
- American Bar Association
- Georgia Bar Association
- The Daily Report, February 2016
Articles & Publications
- Co-Author, "New DOL Guidance Seeks to Expand FLSA Liability to More "Joint" Employers," Corporate Compliance Insights, February 2016.