Mitchell A. Robinson

Associate

Atlanta
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Overview

Mitch Robinson is a business and trial attorney focusing his practice on labor and employment and commercial litigation matters. His litigation experience includes defending and counseling employers with respect to single-plaintiff, collective action, and class action cases involving wage and hour claims, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, government investigations, and common law tort and contract cases. He also has wide-ranging experience representing employers in restrictive covenant litigation in both state and federal court, including lawsuits involving breaches of employer’s confidentiality, solicitation, and non-compete covenants and the disclosure of employer’s trade secrets.

In addition to his litigation experience, Mitch represents and counsels public and private entities and senior executives in the negotiation and drafting of agreements including executive employment, severance and releases, change-in-control, and retention and bonus agreements. He also routinely assists clients with the development and implementation of policy and practices by drafting employee handbooks and related policies, protocols, and guidance, conducting trainings and employment audits, and designing employment compliance programs.

Prior to entering into private practice, Mitch served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. He also worked a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives where he advised on and was involved in various subject matter areas involving energy, education, housing, federal budget, immigration, and appropriations.

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  • Represented maintenance and manufacturing client at preliminary injunction hearing before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The U.S. District Court granted client’s motion for preliminary injunction protecting client’s trade secrets and preventing multimillion-dollar damages.
  • Representing a variety of entities in handling single-plaintiff, collective, and class action cases in state and federal court.
  • Provides ongoing and routine advice and counsel to private, public, and non-profit entities on a variety of matters including, but not limited to, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, religious and disability accommodations, background checks and forms, and general compliance with pertinent employment laws.
  • Defended home-health services group with respect to a U.S. Department of Labor investigation into its wage and hour practices.
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Experience

Litigation Experience
  • Represented fleet vehicle company in FLSA collective action by obtaining summary judgment verdict.
  • Represented defendant in nationwide FLSA collective action and Ohio state law class action including 4,000 current or former employees. After an extensive discovery process, plaintiff’s counsel dismissed matter with prejudice.
  • Represented maintenance and manufacturing client at preliminary injunction hearing before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The U.S. District Court granted client’s motion for preliminary injunction protecting client’s trade secrets and preventing multimillion-dollar damages.
  • Represented manufacturing client in obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order protecting company trade secrets in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Represented telecommunications client in obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order against former executive threatening upwards of one million dollars in damages before the Superior Court in the State of Georgia.
  • Represented home health care provider client in obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order in Georgia State Court ensuring maintenance of client base.
  • Represented delivery and supply chain management company in obtaining defense verdict at trial in race and gender discrimination lawsuit.
  • Defended home-health services group with respect to a U.S. Department of Labor investigation into its wage and hour practices.
  • Defended law enforcement entity with respect to government investigation into business practices.
  • Defended a national restaurant chain in FLSA class action against claims of unpaid overtime and tips. After extensive discovery and the filing of summary judgment, favorable outcome was reached for client.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and age and gender discrimination case by obtaining a summary judgment verdict.
  • Representing a variety of entities in handling single-plaintiff, collective, and class action cases in state and federal court.
Advice and Counsel Experience
  • Provides ongoing and routine advice and counsel to private, public, and non-profit entities on a variety of matters including, but not limited to, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, religious and disability accommodations, background checks and forms, and general compliance with pertinent employment laws.
  • Conducted investigations into sexual and racial harassment allegations and advised numerous clients on specific practices that should be implemented to minimize risk of lawsuits or liability.
  • Conduct an FLSA audit and provided classification status and job description recommendations to food and beverage company.
  • Counseled and drafted executives on agreements, compensation, severance, retention and bonuses, and change-in-control issues.
  • Drafted and modified employment handbook and policies, employment agreements, and separation and restrictive covenant agreements for clients.
  • Conducts trainings for executives, management, legal departments, and employees on relevant employment laws and policies and audits client’s practices and procedures.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Georgia Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2019 to 2020)
  • Outstanding Atlanta: Honoree, Class of 2020

Memberships

  • LEAD Atlanta: Class of 2019
  • National Employment Law Council
  • Tufts Alumni Association
  • Tufts University Black Alumni Association: Former President
  • American Bar Association

Community

  • Emerging 100 of Atlanta: President
  • Impact Church: Trustee

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable W. Louis Sands, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia: Law Clerk (2014 to 2016)
  • The Honorable Clarence Cooper, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia: Intern (2012)
  • U.S. House of Representatives
    • Office of Former Congressman Edward J. Markey: Legislative Assistant (2008 to 2010)
    • Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming: Legislative Clerk (2007 to 2008)

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, Executive Articles Editor
  • B.A., Tufts University, TCU Senate, President; Emerging Black Leaders, Senior Board Member and Treasurer