THE FIRM This firm impresses with its excellent responsiveness and geographic reach. In Atlanta, the team regularly acts on both local and national matters, from defending multiplaintiff FLSA cases to advising on wage and hour collective actions. The firm's prestigious client base comprises a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, Rite Aid and The Home Depot.
Sources say: "A fantastic group."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Craig Cleland cochairs the firm's class and collective action group and is an expert in the field. He recently advised Fastenal as it faced a putative nationwide collective and class action alleging violations of wage and hour laws.
Margaret Campbell is well versed in traditional labor law and employment litigation. Her work from the past year has included defending Worldspan against a sex discrimination and retaliation case.
Gregory Hare impresses with his broad base of knowledge, which spans labor relations, employment disputes and noncompete agreements.
Jon Gumbel is recommended as a leading attorney for a wide range of employment issues. His notable areas of expertise include discrimination claims, employment contracts and ERISA matters.
Tracey Barbaree focuses on employment and civil rights litigation, most notably with respect to advising employers on individual employee claims. She was recently lead defense counsel for Rite Aid on a race discrimination and retaliation claim.
The highly regarded Dara DeHaven handles a range of employment matters, and demonstrates particular skill in affirmative action and OFCCP compliance issues.
Kevin Hishta maintains an impressive body of work. He is currently playing a lead role in advising W.W. Grainger on a class action alleging that account relationship managers are nonexempt under the FLSA.
David Jones chairs the firm's workplace safety practice group, and specializes in OSHA-related matters, from coordinating accident investigations to resolving OSHA citations.
Daniel Turner has made a positive impression since joining the firm in 2010, and continues to advise on significant nationwide employment litigation. He is a key adviser to Rite Aid on various ongoing wage and hour class and collective actions.
Senior statesman Homer Deakins scarcely needs an introduction. Though he may not be as active now as he once was, he remains a seasoned authority and "excellent speaker" on all aspects of labor and employment law.