Patrick H. Ouzts is a member of FordHarrison's airline practice group and he focuses his practice on helping human resource leaders and in-house lawyers with employment-related issues, including employee discipline and discharge, accommodations and leave, allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and policy review.

As a litigator, Patrick represents employers in matters ranging from class actions to single plaintiffs to administrative hearings in federal and state courts. Patrick has filed hundreds of position statements with the EEOC on behalf of employers. As a trusted advisor, Patrick counsels clients regarding compliance with state and federal employment laws. Patrick has also facilitated dozens of trainings for employers on how to practically implement laws in the workplace.

Before Patrick joined FordHarrison, he was a partner in a mid-sized, Georgia-based law firm, providing representation to school districts in all matters of employment law and education law. Prior to practicing law, Patrick taught high school English and coached varsity football.

Representative Experience
  • Dismissal of class action, alleging reduction in force violated Equal Protection Clause (affirmed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals).
  • Decertification of class action, alleging breach of contract based on teacher salary scales.
  • Summary judgment granted on single-plaintiff claim, alleging disability discrimination based on failure to accommodate mental health.
  • Dismissal of student's 504/ADA claims based on failure to provide classroom accommodations.
  • Secured employee terminations through administrative hearings.
  • Successfully resolved allegations of discrimination, filed with various federal and state agencies, by leading the internal investigation, analyzing the facts, drafting position statements, managing on-site investigations, responding to federal and state investigators, and mediating charges, as necessary.