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Annette A. Idalski

National Chair, Labor & Employment

Practice Areas

Education

St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 1995

Central Michigan University, B.S., cum laude, 1991

Honors

Named Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment, 2016

Named among Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia by Super Lawyers, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Named a "Georgia Super Lawyer," as published in Atlanta Magazine and Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine, March 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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 Texas

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Profile

Annette A. Idalski is a labor and employment litigator. She represents employers throughout the United States and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Idalski has gained national recognition for her representation of employers against federal and state wage and hour class actions. She often serves as lead defense counsel in “bet the company” class and complex litigation involving wage and hour, discrimination, and non-competition/employee raiding litigation. She has obtained hundreds of successful outcomes for her clients including rulings and verdicts via summary judgment motions, arbitrations, and trials.

Risk management is key for every client Ms. Idalski represents. She does not simply defend the litigation at hand, but rather takes a big picture view in assessing risks for the business as a whole so that litigation can be prevented or reduced in the future. Ms. Idalski counsels her clients on best practices and drafts unique employee agreements, arbitration agreements, and employee policies that are tailored to her client’s needs and business. 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 and has conducted hundreds of training courses and seminars on prevention of employment litigation covering every subject matter.

Ms. Idalski has worked extensively for many industries including: oilfield, cable, insurance, airport services, technology, manufacturing and hospitality.

Ms. Idalski is frequently recognized by her peers for her excellence in client service and outstanding legal results. She has been honored by Georgia Super Lawyers and Georgia Trend, among other notable outlets. She served as President of the Georgia Association For Women Lawyers (GAWL), and later served on the GAWL Advisory Board.

Significant Wage and Hour Class/Collective Action Victories

  • Fleming v. Premier Directional Drilling, L.P. , et al., 4:18-cv-00156 (S.D. Tex. April 10, 2018). Final Judgment issued by U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas confirming Arbitration Award in favor of Premier Directional Drilling, L.P. in an FLSA alleged misclassification case filed by a Measurement While Drilling engineer (Award Confidential).
  • Sigui, et al. v. Cox Communications, Rhode Island, et al., No. CV 14-442 WES, 2018 WL 1626520, (D.R.I. Mar. 30, 2018). Ms. Idalski and her team won summary judgment against the plaintiffs who alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Rhode Island Minimum Wage Act. The plaintiffs (along with dozens of their co-workers) worked for a cable installation company, M+M Communications, that contracted with Cox. They argued that Cox was a “joint employer” and thus liable for unpaid overtime. All claims against Cox were dismissed.
  • Akbar v. Florida Insurance Services, Inc., RIC151039 (Riverside Superior Court, Ca. Sept. 15, 2017). A licensed insurance agent who contracted with FIS to sell insurance brought an 18-count complaint for unpaid wages and overtime as well as claims for religious discrimination under California law. A California judge ruled in favor of our client, Florida Insurance Services Inc., holding that its insurance agents were independent contractors and not employees. The court granted summary judgment to FIS, dismissing all 18 claims. The ruling justified our client's business model of engaging a nationwide sales force of independent contractor sales agents and marks important precedent.
  • Crosby v. Cox Communications, Louisiana, No. CV 16-6700, 2017 WL 1549552, (E.D. La. May 1, 2017) and Gremillon v. Cox Communications, Louisiana, 2:16-cv-09849-JVM (E.D. La. May 2, 2017). Ms. Idalski and her team won summary judgment in a pair of Louisiana overtime cases. The plaintiffs (along with dozens of their co-workers), who worked for cable installation companies that contracted with Cox, argued that Cox was a “joint employer” and thus liable for unpaid overtime because the plaintiffs (along with dozens of their former coworkers) were jointly employed by Cox and the installation companies. All claims against Cox were dismissed and the Plaintiffs were ordered to pay costs.
  • Gate Guard Servs., L.P. v. Perez, No. 6:10-cv-91, 2014 WL 1379189 (S.D. Tex. Apr. 7, 2014). Ms. Idalski and her team won an attorneys' fees award in favor of Gate Guard Services, L.P. because U.S. Department of Labor’s allegation that the workers were misclassified as independent contractors was not substantially justified, appeal docketed, No. 14-40585 (5th Cir. Jun. 9, 2014) (appealing only award of attorneys’ fees and not independent contractor issue).  Fifth Circuit affirmed attorneys' fees award.
  • Gate Guard Servs., L.P. v. Solis, No. V-10-91, 2013 WL 593418 (S.D. Tex. Feb. 13, 2013). Ms. Idalski's team won 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 misclassified as contractors.
  • Gate Guard Servs., L.P. v. Solis, No. 6:10-cv-91, 2011 WL 2784447 (S.D. Tex. July 12, 2011). Ms. Idalski's team 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 Secretary of Labor.
  • Valdez v. Cox Communications, Las Vegas. (2012). 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.

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.
  • Obtained directed verdict as lead counsel in jury trial for claims arising under Title VII (retaliation), the Florida Civil Rights Act, and the Florida Whistleblower's Act for a technology client in United States District Court, Southern District of Miami. 
  • Twice obtained summary judgment and significant attorneys' fees awards for manufacturing company in 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 violations of the Equal Pay Act in United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. 
  • 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.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act and ERISA.
  • Successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that Gissel Bargaining Order should be reversed.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of pregnancy discrimination case for property management company at pre-answer stage based on lack of personal jurisdiction
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice after plaintiff's deposition in FMLA lawsuit on behalf of a property management company in United States District Court, Northern District of Florida.
  • Obtained dismissal of class action complaint against property management company at pre-answer stage in Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia.
  • 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 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

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