The relationship between employers and employees is one of the most difficult to effectively manage. It is becoming more so with the bevy of complex laws and far-reaching court decisions. Swift Currie’s employment counseling and litigation practice provides clients the guidance to manage these troubled waters; constantly evolving and growing to meet and respond to the changes that impact the workplace. This team of experienced professionals will unfailingly give clients the information and tools needed to effectively respond to those changes.
Our practical advice is geared toward helping clients achieve their goals while reducing the potential for disputes and lawsuits. We also have extensive experience litigating employment-related disputes in federal and state courts, as well as before federal and state administrative agencies.
In today’s fast-paced and competitive business climate, the ability of a company to retain and protect its customers, goodwill and proprietary information is paramount to maintaining a competitive advantage. Swift Currie’s trade secret, intellectual property and non-compete practice includes attorneys with a wealth of knowledge and extensive courtroom experience in representing and counseling clients in trade secret, non-compete and other competitively sensitive business disputes such as non-solicitation of customers, non-recruitment of employees and non-disclosure agreements.
Additionally, we frequently handle disputes under Georgia law involving trade secrets, tortious interference with business and contractual relations, breach of fiduciary duty and/or duty of loyalty, unfair and deceptive trade practices, business defamation, and other applicable claims under state and federal law.
Swift Currie’s attorneys work with clients to manage issues arising throughout the employment lifecycle. From hiring to termination, employers are at risk for making mistakes that could lead to expensive litigation and administrative charges. With respect to hiring, our practice group has experience drafting agreements instrumental in protecting the competitive edge of a client’s businesses and in avoiding unfair competition, including agreements containing non-competition, non-solicitation, non-recruitment, confidentiality and trade secrets, and computer-use provisions. Swift Currie’s attorneys also work with employers and employees to guide them through the termination process. This includes drafting severance agreements and releases of claims and working with employers and employees to ensure they are prepared for any questions or problems occurring during the process as well as ensuring compliance with post-termination legal obligations.
The employment attorneys at Swift Currie are prepared to handle any employment dispute from its pre-suit stage at the administrative agency level, to suit in federal or state court, and the appellate process. Every employer is charged with complying with a litany of federal laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Given Swift Currie’s strong track record in successfully resolving suits, our attorneys can craft a strong defense from the inception of a case which ensures the client obtains the best possible result under the circumstances. In addition, to reaching successful resolution through trial, the employment attorneys at Swift Currie also have a strong background in alternate dispute resolution techniques, such as arbitration and mediation, and have also successfully defended employers against agency action such as Charges of Discrimination from the EEOC.