Member Firm Profile

Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson

Firm Profile

Address:

Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson
800 International Tower
229 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Phone: (404) 659-6700
Fax: (404) 222-9718

Firm Size:

24 Lawyers

Primary Contact:

Douglas Duerr
duerr@elarbeethompson.com

Attorneys Admitted to Practice In:

Alabama
Colorado
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Louisiana
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina
Texas

Firm Description

Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson is dedicated to the representation of management clients in labor and employment law matters ranging from preventive advice and training to litigation under federal and state laws.

Since 1973, we have partnered with clients to develop practical responses to complex legal matters so that they can focus on what is most important: meeting their organizations' business objectives.

The firm provides solutions for clients ranging from large, multi-national corporations to small businesses and public employers. We work with industries including financial institutions, insurance companies, communications and media enterprises, construction companies, mining and manufacturing operations, utilities, educational institutions and restaurants/service industry operations.

The firm is rated AV, the highest rating conferred by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Firm lawyers are featured in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, The Lawyers' List, The Best Lawyers in America, Georgia Super Lawyers, Georgia Trend's Legal Elite, Black Enterprise Magazine's list of America's Leading Black Lawyers, and Chambers USA's America's Leading Business Lawyers. Several partners are "Fellows" in the College of Labor and Employment Law, and honor reserved for attorneys who have distinguished themselves nationally as leaders in labor and employment law.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.elarbeethompson.com.

Firm Representatives

For more than 25 years, Douglas has focused on providing individualized advice and counseling to companies throughout the United States. He has built a long track record of success representing numerous clients in administrative proceedings with the OFCCP, NLRB, EEOC, OSHA and other Department of Labor agencies at the federal and state level. When litigation does occur, Douglas's experience has translated into successful representation of companies in jury trials, appeals and arbitrations. He has worked with clients in a wide variety of industries, including retail, service, hospitality, manufacturing, government contractors and the public sector.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • Arbitration
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Strikes and lockouts (planning and related court and board litigation)
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • OSHA inspection and compliance (US)
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration

Read received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina and served as a judicial law clerk for Judge J. Owen Forrester of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Read represents private and public sector employers in lawsuits, charges, arbitrations, grievances, and other proceedings; counsels employers regarding various aspects of employment law (including non-competition matters); prepares personnel policies, employee handbooks, employment agreements, and dispute resolution programs; and conducts training. Read co-chairs the firm’s Public Sector Group, representing cities, counties, and other governmental employers, and is a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation Group. 

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Pension, benefit and bonus provisions
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Defamation
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Employee benefits
  • Executive compensation
  • Workplace Privacy
  • Human Rights

Patrick advises clients on and litigates traditional employment law matters such as discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.  In addition, he litigates employee benefits/ERISA matters. Patrick’s clients often tell him he is a businessman who happens to be a lawyer.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • Supervisor training
  • Arbitration
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Pension, benefit and bonus provisions
  • Employee Benefits and Compensation
  • Employee benefits
  • ERISA

Doug’s practice focuses on representing companies in the full range of employment-related litigation, with an emphasis on discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. He also regularly counsels companies regarding difficult employment decisions, including helping clients protect their competitive interests through restrictive covenant agreements, addressing the impact of social media in the workplace, understanding and navigating wage and hour issues and properly handling employee wage garnishments. Doug regularly advises and represents management in traditional labor relations matters, including arbitrations, unfair labor practice cases, union elections, contract negotiations, strikes and alternative dispute resolution. In addition, he is a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation Group.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • Class, collective and representative actions (defense of)
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Employment-related criminal defense
  • Class actions
  • Wage and hour audits
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • Collective bargaining
  • Supervisor training
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Strikes and lockouts (planning and related court and board litigation)
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Pension, benefit and bonus provisions
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Defamation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • OSHA inspection and compliance (US)
  • Human Rights

Sanford heads the firm's immigration practice. He works exclusively in the area of immigration and naturalization law. He represents multi-national clients and individuals who are pursuing non-immigrant and immigrant visas. Sanford works with a wide scope of employers in various industries, including technology, telecommunications, education, pharmaceuticals, entertainment and manufacturing. He regularly consults with companies who need guidance with immigration compliance issues including I-9, E-Verify and Audit Defense. He assists employers that are pursuing both long-term and short-term immigration strategies for their employees. Sanford meets regularly with business leaders and human resource personnel to provide updates and lead round table discussions dealing with immigration topics.

Practice Specialties

  • Immigration

Brent Wilson is a seasoned labor and employment  practitioner who has practiced in the L&E area for over 40 years. He spent 3 years as an attorney with the NLRB. He is a member of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers; AV rated by Martindale Hubbell; and listed in Chambers USA Best Lawyers for Business; Super Lawyers; Georgia 's Legal Elite; America's Top Black Lawyers; and Who's Who Labor and Employment USA. Brent is former Chair of the L&E section of the Atlanta Bar Association; a Barrister in the American Inns of Court; and an Adjunct Professor at Emory Law School.

Practice Specialties

  • Employment Litigation Defense
  • Discrimination/Human rights
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful discharge/Wrongful dismissal
  • EEOC/EEO investigations
  • FMLA
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower claims
  • Internal complaint investigations
  • Class actions
  • Wage and hour/FLSA defense/Employment standards
  • Responses to administrative agency charges
  • Employment Counseling and Advice
  • Supervisor and harassment/violence training
  • Handbook Review
  • Compliance/Compliance audits
  • Leave laws
  • Personnel policies
  • Wage and hour audits
  • WARN Act/Plant closings/RIF Planning
  • Labor Unions/Labor Relations
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • Collective bargaining
  • Supervisor training
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • NLRB/Labor Relations Board Proceedings
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Construction labor relations
  • Strikes and lockouts (planning and related court and board litigation)
  • Employment Contracts and Litigation
  • Non-compete/non-solicit agreements
  • Confidentiality and trade secret agreements
  • Trade secrets and non-compete agreements
  • Executive employment agreements (including change of control)
  • Pension, benefit and bonus provisions
  • Termination provisions (statutory requirements and reasonable notice)
  • Defamation
  • Workplace Privacy