In this era of increased government regulation of the work place and the employer-employee relationship, effective assistance and guidance is critical. Over the years Kelly has addressed issues covering the vast range of work place issues – every manner and type of discrimination and harassment; retaliation; wage and hour and employee benefits issues; and application of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) – just to name a few. That results in knowledgeable and effective:
- Day-to-day advice and guidance as issues arise
Sound, practical help is available in ‘real time’ as questions and concerns emerge. Taking advantage of that can head off problems before they become problems. Kelly can also assist with developing policies and procedures that can also reduce the risk of problems and legal exposure.
- Representation in court and before
Defense of claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation in state and federal court and in front of the EEOC and defense of compensation/pay plans when challenged by employees and state and federal wage and hour divisions, including the Georgia Department of Labor.
- Investigation of and reporting on allegations of discrimination and harassment
Kelly’s experience in the trenches and the courtroom translates well into investigating claims – knowing who to talk to, what to look for, and how to evaluate what is gathered so informed decisions may be made.
- Covenants Not to Compete/Solicit
These covenants are a dual-edged sword. On the one hand, it helps a business protect its investment in clients and the business goodwill generated by employees. On the other hand, covenants can be so draconian that former employees are precluded, unlawfully, from legitimate business endeavors. Kelly has helped businesses and individuals falling on either side of the dual-edged sword.
Business involves relationships – relationships with employees, vendors/suppliers, customers/clients, landlords/tenants, and, where there is more than one owner of the business, relationships with the other owners. Kelly helps clients with all of these relationships. He helps clients negotiate, prepare, and put in place foundational documents such as contracts, leases, partnership agreements, shareholder and operating agreements, buy/sell agreements between business owners, asset purchase agreements, shareholder purchase agreements, etc., the list could go on. The perspective is always the same: what does the client want or need? In answering that question with the services provided, Kelly’s 30+ years of experience helps him help his client identify where potential trouble may lurk so it can be addressed.
“I have filed and defended lawsuits my whole career. I think this is where my practice more fully embraces the return to my roots in this business,” says Kelly. Whether it be a lawsuit over a business venture gone bad, between or among business owners, between a vendor or supplier, or to collect on debts not paid, Kelly’s experience at assessing and evaluating claims results in an efficient – and less costly – assessment of a matter and helps him to steer lawsuits in an efficient manner.