Warren R. Hall, Jr.
Hall, Arbery, Gilligan,
Roberts & Shanlever LLP
3340 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
University of Georgia, School of Law
(A.B. Economics, 1988)
Admitted to Practice:
District of Columbia
Warren R. Hall Jr., Partner
Wit Hall has practiced labor and employment law his entire legal career. His practice focuses in five areas: (a) employment civil rights litigation, (b) employment transition litigation (restrictive covenants, trade secrets, related tort and contract claims), (c) drafting and negotiating employment contracts, severance agreements and related transactional work, (d) client counseling, and (e) federal contractor affirmative action (OFCCP) compliance and litigation.
After fourteen years at a large law firm in Atlanta, Mr. Hall founded a solo practice firm in 2008 called W.R. Hall, LLC. Two years later in April 2010, two long-time friends joined him to start the firm of Hall, Arbery & Gilligan LLP. Since then, the firm has more than doubled in size and become Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP.
From 2007-2014, Mr. Hall has been one of the Georgia employment lawyers selected as America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers & Partners. He also has been named as Atlanta Magazine Georgia Superlawyers in 2010-2015. He has received a peer review rating of AV by Martindale-Hubble.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Hall served as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, clerking for the Honorable G. Ernest Tidwell (1992-94). As a partner for over eight years in the Labor & Employment group at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, Mr. Hall has seen the spectrum of legal issues and cases at one of the largest employment practice groups in the southeastern U.S.
An Atlanta native, Mr. Hall is active in his community having served on the board of the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church Recreation Department, and as a member of the church’s Administrative Board and the Long Range Planning Committee. He is an Honorary Board Member and regular volunteer at Trinity Community Ministries, a transitional home for homeless and addicted men in Atlanta serving over 180 residents and 20,000 meals annually. Mr. Hall coaches youth basketball and soccer in three different recreation leagues and recently served as a member of the Golf Committee of the Piedmont Driving Club. Mr. Hall is a member of the Princeton Club of Georgia, the University Cottage Club, and is the Georgia coordinator for the Princeton Football Association.
- Defended and prosecuted cases involving covenants restricting post-employment competitive activities (“non-competes” and “non-solicits”), misappropriation and unfair competition litigation (prosecution and defense) in federal and state courts and arbitration proceedings under FINRA and AAA.
- Trade secret misappropriation under Uniform Trade Secrets Act; Georgia’s computer trespass statute; breach of confidentiality and proprietary information contracts; tortuous interference with contract and business relations; civil conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty and duty of loyalty; fraud; conversion; unjust enrichment.
- Drafted independent contractor and vendor services agreements, employment agreements, severance agreements, litigation settlement agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation covenants, confidential and proprietary information agreements, arbitration agreements.
- Litigated and tried cases under virtually every type of civil rights employment opportunity statute: Title VII (race, national origin, sex, and retaliation); EEOC collective action under Title VII § 706; § 1981 (race and retaliation); ADEA (age and retaliation); ADA (disability and public accommodation); FMLA (unlawful termination and retaliation); FLSA (civil litigation and administrative proceedings); state non-discrimination laws; intentional infliction of emotional distress; defamation.
- Proficient at complex statistical analysis (standard deviation and binomial tests, essential for evaluating class actions, RIF and adverse impact analyses, and federal contractor affirmative action claims.
- Extensive experience working with computer forensic analysts to plan, execute, and analyze forensic data retrieved from computers, servers, systems, and other media.
- Defended dozens of clients in Executive Order 11246 federal contractor affirmative action audits, corporate management reviews, and affected class proceedings.
- Drafted scores of affirmative action programs for federal contractors.
- Presenter of “So Long, Farewell . . . Severance Policies/Agreements and Restrictive Covenants,” SHRM (March 2015)
- Co-Author of “Keeping Your Genies in the Bottle: 10 Steps to Protect Your Most Sensitive Secrets,” Georgia Bar Journal (December 2008).
- Co-Author of “Proving Disability in the Performance of Manual Tasks: The Supreme Court’s Latest ADA Decision,” Georgia Bar Journal (August 2002).
- “Preserving and Managing Your Electronic Records – Overview of New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” BNA (2007).
- “Who is an Internet Applicant? What OFFCP’s New Regulations Mean for Federal Contractors,” BNA (2006 & 2007).
- “What HR Should Know About Waivers, Releases and Severance Agreements,” BNA (2005).
Awards and Professional Recognition
- Recognized by Chambers USA as a leading labor and employment lawyer in the state, selected by clients, 2007-2015
- Selected for inclusion in ‘Georgia Super Lawyers’ (Employment and Labor), as published in Atlanta Magazine and Georgia Super Lawyers magazine®, 2010-2015
- Selected for inclusion in ‘Georgia Rising Stars’ (Employment Law and Litigation), as published in Atlanta Magazine and Georgia Super Lawyers magazine®, 2005-2006