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D. Albert Brannen

Partner, Atlanta
t: 404.240.4235
f: 404.240.4249


As the partner of the Atlanta office, Bert Brannen mentors attorneys in the Atlanta office and helps them serve the Firm’s clients.

Bert advises employers on a wide variety of union-related matters and assists them with the administration, negotiation, mediation and arbitration of collective bargaining agreements. He also counsels employers who want to remain union-free with training, preventive strategies and counter-organizing educational campaigns.

Employers rely on Bert to help avoid workplace crises, comply with all applicable laws and prevent litigation. As part of his preventive practice, he prepares and reviews documents associated with the employment experience, including employee handbooks, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, ethics and confidentiality agreements, non-competition or non-solicitation agreements, and severance agreements.

The esteemed College of Labor and Employment Lawyers admitted Bert in 2015. He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in Georgia Super Lawyers since 2005. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010 and has been recognized as a member of Georgia's "Legal Elite."

Numerous publications have published Bert’s articles on a wide variety of employment law subjects. He regularly speaks to business and professional associations, industry groups and individual employers.  Furthermore, he was a member of the 2010 Employment Law360 editorial advisory board. He has taught labor and employment law at Georgia Institute of Technology since 2002.

Bert is the former Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He still serves the Bar as a board member on the Labor and Employment Section’s mentoring program for new lawyers. He is a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the Old Warhorse Lawyers Club and the Piedmont Driving Club.

Bert serves our community by doing pro bono work for the Good Samaritan Health Center, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, and North Georgia Interfaith Ministries.

Travel, running, biking, whitewater rafting and time with his family are among Bert’s favorite outside interests.



Recent Examples of Cases Handled:

  • Represented a large national provider of emergency care services in defeating a union by a large margin after the union signed up more than three-quarters of the employees. This matter proceeded very quickly under the NLRB’s new procedures.
  • Successfully represented an electric cooperative in an arbitration with a long term employee who caused serious damage to a bucket truck.
  • Successfully represented a distribution employer in an arbitration regarding their driver who got into an altercation on a customer’s loading dock.
  • Served as the lead negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations which resulted in more than a million dollars of savings for a national distribution client.
  • Prepared and conducted a full series of employment and labor law training, extending monthly over nine months, for all of the employer’s managers and supervisors. This extensive training program was just a part of the employer’s orchestrated effort to increase employee engagement.
  • Advised a mining client during a major reduction in force.
  • Conducted a comprehensive wage and hour review for a group of automobile dealerships to help them get into compliance with the changes to the white collar exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Advised a construction client on numerous project labor agreements around the U.S.
  • Advised construction clients on lawful withdrawal from relationships with building trades unions under Section 8(f) of the National Labor Relations Act. The transition to being union-free occurred without unfair labor practice charges or work stoppages.
  • Advised a distribution client whose employees sought to decertify the union that had represented them for decades. Representation of this client before the National Labor Relations Board in connection with this matter resulted in the complete dismissal of multiple unfair labor practice charges prior to an administrative hearing.
  • Successfully mediated claims by a partner in a large accounting firm that he was discharged in violation of his partnership agreement.
  • Won jury trial in which jury denied a former manager his pro rata share of an annual bonus.
  • Part of a team of lawyers that resolved on favorable terms a series of four lawsuits alleging multiple serious violations of Title VII.
  • Conducted internal seminars for employers whose employees alleged violations of the employer’s No Harassment policy.
  • Reviewed employment agreements placing restrictions on employees and successfully dealt with disputes regarding same.
  • Drafted and negotiated Transition Agreements and Employment Agreements for senior executives and other critical employees.
  • Successfully resolved four related EEOC charges for a high profile client without any adverse publicity.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2011 – 2021)
  • Named by Best Lawyers in America 2019 as “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor Law – Management
  • Listed in the Daily Report's 2018 Best Mentors
  • Included in Georgia Super Lawyers (2005 - Present)
  • Recognized as a member in Georgia Trend’s "Legal Elite" (2017-2018)

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Chairman, Labor and Employment Law Section, State Bar Of Georgia
  • Member, Electric Cooperative Bar Association
  • Member, Association of General Contractors Labor and Employment Law Council
  • Member, Human Resources Committee, Georgia Association of Manufacturers
  • Member, Society for Human Resources Management
  • Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Old Warhorse Lawyers Club, and Piedmont Driving Club
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Board of Directors, Mentorship Program of the State Bar of Georgia’s Labor & Employment Law Section



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