Corey J. Goerdt
Corey litigates and advises clients in disputes involving the hiring and defection of high-level employees. When his clients are hiring, he drafts and negotiates agreements to protect investments in executives and other essential employees, including non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure provisions. When disputes arise regarding the hiring or defection of important employees, Corey litigates issues involving contract enforcement, trade secret protection, employee poaching, the duty of loyalty, and computer protection laws.
Corey has also developed a knack for helping employers navigate the complexities of wage and hour laws. In the hospitality industry and beyond, he advises clients on white-collar exemptions from state and federal overtime and minimum wage laws. He counsels other clients on the use of independent contractors and related joint employment issues. Corey has experience litigating these and many other disputes in state and federal courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution venues like mediation and arbitration.
Corey doesn’t spend all of his time on the front lines of employment law. He is also committed to providing pro bono legal services for those in need, and supporting the organizations in our community doing that work full-time. Corey formed a partnership between Fisher Phillips and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation’s Domestic Violence Project, through which Fisher Phillips attorneys provide consultation and direct representation to victims of domestic violence. Corey also serves as the firm’s coordinator for the Atlanta Council for Younger Lawyers’ Associates Campaign, an annual grass-roots campaign sponsored by associates at Atlanta-area law firms, which raises awareness and much-needed funds for the organizations like AVLF that provide pro bono legal services in Georgia.
Prior to law school, Corey hopscotched the country in political campaign management and government relations roles, with a formative stint as the fried chicken guy at an Iowa pizza buffet. He is still obsessed with politics and fried chicken, but his fiancé occasionally convinces him to join her at restaurants with green things on the menu (preferably fried green things).
As a member of the University of Georgia School of Law’s Appellate Litigation Clinic, Corey earned a victory for a pro bono client in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. After full briefing and oral argument, the court reversed the district court, allowing Corey’s client to proceed with his § 1983 8th Amendment claim in a published decision. Brooks v. Warden, 800 F.3d 1295 (11th Cir. 2015).
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Awards
- 2015 ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law
- 2015 Donald P. Gilmore, Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor & Employment Law
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association Business Law Section
Member, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- One Day, Many Solutions Atlanta3.22.16
- Wage and Hour Laws Blog2.17.17
- Wage and Hour Laws Blog10.24.16
- Gig Employer Blog6.15.16
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog5.20.16
- Wage and Hour Laws Blog3.22.16
- Wage and Hour Laws Blog1.21.16
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog1.7.16
- University of Georgia School of LawJ.D. 2015, cum laude
- Brown UniversityB.A. 2009
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- Georgia Supreme Court
- Georgia Court of Appeals