Eric L. Barnum

Partner

Atlanta
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Overview

An experienced trial lawyer, Eric Barnum practices in all areas of employment law and litigation. He has extensive experience in multiparty complex civil litigation, as well as noncompete and trade secrets litigation, and administrative investigations and hearings. Eric also regularly litigates federal cases and advises clients on issues of employee classification and wage payments under the Fair Labor Standards Act, providing sophisticated and creative advice to help clients achieve business objectives. He is invested in his clients’ success, handling complex, high-value and high-exposure matters with ingenuity and practicality, while producing effective and sustainable solutions.

Eric frequently conducts training and educational seminars for lawyers and human resource professionals on various aspects of developing employment, trade secrets and noncompete law. He also has a background in career counseling and youth mentoring and motivation.

Select Experience

  • Lead counsel for automotive management consultancy company in seven-figure worker misclassification Georgia class action.
  • Lead employment counsel for Atlanta professional sports team.
  • Lead counsel on behalf of transportation and logistics company in multiple million-dollar worker misclassification California class actions.
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Experience

  • Lead counsel for automotive management consultancy company in seven-figure worker misclassification Georgia class action.
  • Lead employment counsel for Atlanta professional sports team.
  • Lead counsel on behalf of transportation and logistics company in multiple million-dollar worker misclassification California class actions.
  • Lead trial counsel in successful defense of fraud and unfair business practices act claim for the nation’s largest pool equipment and supply company. Resulted in unanimous jury verdict on behalf of corporate and individual defendants.
  • Lead counsel for large financial institution in federal FLSA collective action leading to successful motion to dismiss, compelling individual arbitrations of claims.
  • Represents major quick-service industry food retailer and franchisees in all manner of employment law disputes, including FLSA wage-hour litigation, U.S. Department of Labor audits, and review of personnel policies and procedures.
  • Trial counsel on behalf of food and dairy manufacturer alleged to be in breach of employment contract action.
  • Lead trial attorney and outside general counsel for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the nation’s foremost civil rights and social justice policy institutions.
  • Conducted internal investigation into allegations of race discrimination and unfair hiring practices for major Division I/FBS college athletics department.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Labor & Employment in Georgia (2009, 2010, 2017 to 2018)
    • Band 4 (2017 to 2018)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2017)
    • Recommended in Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
  • Georgia Trend Magazine, Legal Elite: Business Law (2012 to 2016)
  • Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2014
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association: Outstanding Outside Counsel
  • Georgia “Super Lawyer” (2010 to 2018)

Memberships

  • National Employment Law Council
    • Board of Directors
    • Treasurer (2008 to 2016)
  • American Employment Law Council
  • Litigation Counsel of America: Fellow
  • National Bar Association
    • Deputy General Counsel (2010 to 2011)
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
      • Annual Section Conference Committee
        • Co-Chair (2018)
        • Vice Chair (2017)
      • Trial Institute
    • Litigation Section
  • Gate City Bar Association

Community

  • Leadership Atlanta
    • Board of Trustees
    • 2020 Program Chair-Elect
  • Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission
  • Smithsonian Institution Atlanta Regional Council
  • Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization (2014 to 2016)
    • Board of Directors
    • Board Secretary
  • Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church: Board of Stewards
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • Georgia
  • California

Education

  • J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 1994; Order of Barristers; International Moot Court Honors Board; International Moot Court Jessup Competition Team, Top Oral Advocate and Captain
  • B.A., History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991