EMPLOYMENT LAW

NARRATIVE SYNOPSIS OF PRACTICE

The modern law governing the relationship between employers and employees is complex, highly dynamic and very fact sensitive. It is controlled by a continually evolving mixture of contract law, employment discrimination principles, government regulation, individual employment rights and traditional tort law. A unique blend of experience, knowledge, expertise and talent is needed to navigate this sea of complexities and bring employment disputes to a prompt and effective resolution. Adam J. Conti, LLC,  possesses the special qualifications required to efficiently and effectively represent both employers and employees in all areas of employment law.

Adam J. Conti, LLC, is a law firm with offices in Atlanta and on the Internet, with a practice limited to employment law. The firm was founded in May 1997 when attorney Adam J. Conti left the management labor law firm of Wimberly and Lawson to set up his own practice. The firm is unique in several ways, including its representation of both employees and employers and its use of technology to enhance legal practice.
 

Background in Employment Law

From 1971 through 1981, Adam was employed by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Federal Labor Relations Authority, where he became intimately involved in numerous private and public sector labor disputes. His experiences include supervision of the 1972 rerun of the national officer elections of the United Mine Workers Union, handling one of the very first field cases under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and serving as the Acting Regional Director of the Federal Labor Relations Authority in New York City the day the air traffic controllers struck in 1980. Adam's ten years of government experience provided both a comprehensive understanding of the actual operation of American labor relations law, as well as an insider's knowledge of the workings of federal government regulation.

In 1981 Adam left federal service to attend law school. After completing his first year at Fordham, he returned to Atlanta and graduated from Emory in 1984 with several academic awards. His law degree capped an academic career that includes an M.B.A. in labor-management relations from Manhattan's Pace University, and a liberal arts degree from Georgetown.  

In 1984 Adam joined the Atlanta management labor law firm of Mack & Bernstein, where he represented many Fortune 500 Corporations across the entire spectrum of labor and employment law matters. He advanced to partnership in 1989, and subsequently headed both that firm's employee benefits and litigation practices. During his tenure with Mack & Bernstein, Adam litigated employment cases throughout the country, wrote academic and professional articles on employment law, and gained comprehensive practical experience in all aspects of employment law.  

In 1994 Adam joined the small Atlanta corporate and business law firm of Wagner & Johnston to head its employment law practice. Two years later he left to become Of Counsel to Wimberly & Lawson, a nationally recognized management labor law firm with offices in seven cities. During his tenure with Wimberly & Lawson, Adam continued to represent employers in private sector employment cases and labor suits, while his public sector plaintiffs' practice continued to grow.

FEDERAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT LAW 

Because of his federal sector experience, Adam has developed a specialty in public sector employment law. He has represented public agencies in employment litigation at the state, county, city and administrative agency levels. He has also represented state, federal and local government employees across the United States and overseas. Adam has taught public sector employment law at Georgia State University, presented in-house and bar training, and lectured to law and graduate school classes. He has also written several academic and professional articles, including the groundbreaking, Mediation of Employment Disputes: A Prescription for Organization Health, 11 Employee Relations Law Journal 291 (1985). He has contributed to the American Bar Association's Labor Law Section's annual review of developments in employment law.

PUBLISHED CASES 

Adam's published cases include: Martin v. Merriday, 706 F. Supp. 42 (N.D. Ga. 1989); Peterson v. Atlanta Housing Authority, 998 F.2d 904 (11th Cir. 1993); Harmond v. Cavazos, 56 FEP Cases (BNA) 142 (N.D. Ga. 1991); Newsome v. Cooper-Wiss, 179 Ga. App. 670, 347 S.E.2d 619 (1986), Napier v. Weyerhaeuser, 766 F. Supp. 1574 (M.D. Ga. 1991); and Burchfield v. Derwinski, 782 F. Supp. 532 (D. Colo. 1992).

INTERNET RESOURCES

In recent years, Adam has worked to wed technological advances to the practice of law. His home page on the World Wide Web, Adam Conti's Internet Law Office, http://www.contilaw.com/, premiered in mid-1995. Today it continues to attract an ever increasing volume of visitors because of its unique blend of employment law articles, labor links, and pleadings from current cases.  Adam J Conti, LLC uses e-mail to instantaneously and efficiently communicate with clients. The firm is using its web site to keep the class members it represents in a  class action discrimination suit apprised of developments as they occur. The firm regularly searches both the Internet and proprietary electronic resources to obtain breaking court decisions, statutory law, new regulations, substantive developments, background information and software. It posts developments on its Web Site as a public service to its clients and the employment law community as a whole.

Today, Adam J. Conti, LLC represents both employees and employers in every aspect of employment law. These include:
Equal employment opportunity complaints alleging discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and exercise of protected rights under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and under state and local anti-discrimination laws;
 
Sexual harassment complaints;
 
Age discrimination complaints under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act;
 
Handicapped discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
 
Unfair labor practices and representation case proceedings under the National Labor Relations Act and public sector labor relations laws;
 
Collective bargaining negotiations and grievance arbitration;
 
Employment-related tort litigation, including defamation, tortious interference claims, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, misrepresentation and invasion of privacy and negligence; including restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions;
 
Investigations and adverse actions based on employee misconduct or unsatisfactory job performance;
 
Reductions in force, reorganizations, early retirement incentives and organizational downsizing;
 
Due process hearings and constitutional claims for public sector employment;
 
Wage and hour claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act;
 
 Unemployment and workers' compensation proceedings;
 
Individual employee rights, including drug testing, polygraph usage and employee privacy rights;
 
Mediation, arbitration and other varieties of alternative dispute resolution;
 
All aspects of pension and benefit laws, including plan drafting and claims and litigation;
 
Drafting personnel policies and employee handbooks;
 
Executive compensation and severance negotiations; and
 
Counseling employees and employers on all varieties of employment related problems and issues.

Adam J. Conti, LLC attorneys practice in federal and state courts throughout the United States, and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and all other federal, state and local administrative tribunals. In addition, they represent parties in grievance and mediation proceedings, administrative hearings, before arbitrators and in various other alternative dispute resolution forums.

FEES

Quality legal services from experienced attorneys are not inexpensive, especially when litigation becomes necessary. Adam's current rate is $195 per hour. The hourly rates for other firm attorneys and legal assistants range from $75 to $175. The firm welcomes alternative billing arrangements, such as fixed fees, blended hourly rates, retainer agreements, and contingency fee arrangements. The firm actively explores and employs numerous measures to control costs, without impacting quality. These include substantial use of  legal assistants, extensive computerization and implementation of all effective technological advances. Each representation is individually analyzed, with the objective of structuring a fee arrangement tailored to the client's individual circumstances, financial posture and business objectives. The firm welcomes inquiries regarding representation from both employees and  employers in the public and private sectors.

 

Adam J. Conti, LLC would be delighted to assess your organization's employee relations posture, and to suggest steps to prevent future lawsuits and employee relations turmoil. The firm also welcomes the opportunity to structure a solution to any particular employment law problem you may currently face. Please contact us today to begin the process.  

Adam J. Conti, LLC

333 Sandy Springs Circle, N.E.
Suite 226
Atlanta, Georgia 30328-3833
Voice: (404) 531-0701
Fax: (404)-531-0082
E-mail: aconti@contilaw.com

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Last revised October 20, 1997 1997 Adam J. Conti, LLC. All rights reserved.