Rick Warren handles all aspects of labor and employment law, including traditional labor law, employment litigation, wage and hour matters, workplace safety, noncompete issues, and serves as the co-chair of the firm's Restaurant Practice Group. He has extensive experience representing automotive dealerships.

He litigates cases before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country. He defends both individual and class action cases and has substantial jury trial experience. Rick also handles numerous mediations and arbitrations.

He devotes a significant part of his practice to preventive law and advising clients how to avoid/resolve labor and employment disputes and litigation. He has written numerous articles on labor and employment issues and frequently conducts management training and seminars.

Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
  • "BTI Client Service All-Star Team"
  • "Georgia Super Lawyers - Employment and Labor" Super Lawyers magazine
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Labor & Employment Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Atlanta Labor Law – Management "Lawyer of the Year" (2013)
  • "Georgia's Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend Magazine
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow

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  • Advised and defended clients in workplace safety matters involving federal OSHA and state OSHA agencies
  • Advised a wide variety of clients regarding issues related to the Coronavirus.
  • Assisted numerous clients with reductions in force and compliance with the WARN Act.
  • Negotiated plant closing agreement at unionized facility.
  • Conducted seminars on the Coronavirus, reductions in force and recalling employees, wage and hour law, the ADA and FMLA, social media, independent contractors, joint employers, and mandatory arbitration agreements.
  • Advised clients on the issues related to unionization and/or efforts to organize their employees.
  • Negotiated withdrawals from multi-employer pension plans.
  • Defended clients in lawsuits alleging harassment, race, sex, pregnancy, national origin, and disability discrimination, retaliation, FMLA interference, violations of wage and hour laws, and retaliation for asserting a worker's compensation claim.
  • Conducted wage and hour audits for compliance with federal and state laws.
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  • University of Georgia School of Law
    J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • University of Georgia
    A.B., magna cum laude, 1978
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • National Association of Dealer Counsel
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court