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Patricia Griffith concentrates her practice on employment and labor disputes, including individual and class action discrimination and harassment cases, employment contracts, wage/hour claims, and other employment-related actions.

She tries cases in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies and arbitrators. Patricia has substantial jury and class certification experience. She is adept at mediating disputes, reducing the likelihood of protracted litigation, and serves as an arbitrator for the State Bar of Georgia and private parties. She has conducted numerous internal investigations for major companies across the country, ranging from harassment and discrimination to fraud, corruption, and conflict of interest.  She routinely serves on the visiting faculty for Emory Law School’s Trial Techniques program.

Earlier in her career she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Clark, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Patricia serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Defender Program, Inc. by appointment of Chief Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Patricia serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, and is a past Chair.  Also, she is a former Board of Directors member for Girls on the Run-Atlanta and was formerly Chair of the Board of Directors for Friends of The Atlanta Opera.

At the University of Georgia, Patricia played basketball for the Lady Bulldogs and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was the Comments Editor for the Georgia Law Review during law school, and published two articles in that time.

Representative Experience
  • Successfully defeated class action in FLSA misclassification case for large construction company in Texas.
  • Successfully defeated class action in FLSA off-the-clock case for pest control company in Georgia.
  • Successfully defeated class action in nationwide FLSA misclassification case for manufacturer/distributor in Texas.
  • Won executive compensation arbitration for Tennessee public employer.
  • Successfully tried sexual harassment case for national retail company.
  • Successfully tried sex-plus discrimination case for national retail company.
  • Won numerous labor arbitrations (contract interpretation and discipline) for national health care company.
  • Successfully defeated TRO attempts in non-compete matters in Georgia.
  • Obtained nationwide injunction for Georgia staffing agency in non-compete matter.
  • Won summary judgment in several cases throughout the country, including cases alleging discrimination based on sex, religion, age, race and national origin; harassment; retaliation; and FMLA violations.
     
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Band 1 Labor & Employment
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
  • "500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers," LawDragon (2020-2022)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Labor Law, Employment Law, and Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Top 50 Female Lawyers in Georgia and "Super Lawyers" by Super Lawyers magazine
  • "Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition" by Super Lawyers magazine
  • "Georgia's Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend Magazine
  • One of 40 female "Legal Eagles" by Atlanta Woman magazine
  • One of the "Most Powerful and Influential Women" by the Georgia Diversity Council 
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell