Joe Shelton is a partner in the firm's Atlanta office. His practice focuses on the defense of employment discrimination claims in trial and appellate courts, as well as litigation in the area of employee defection issues (e.g., trade secrets and restrictive covenants).
Joe also frequently advises employers on all aspects of state and federal employment laws, assists employers in drafting employment agreements, restrictive covenants, personnel policies, and separation agreements, and conducts interactive and engaging training on topics such as employment law compliance and avoidance of harassment claims.
He is also "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyer since 2012 and in Georgia Super Lawyers – Rising Star in 2005 and 2009 for his work in employment and labor law.
Joe was a member of the 2011 and 2012 Employment Law360 editorial advisory board.
- Summary Judgment Dismissal of Discrimination and Breach of Contract Claims
- Cordray v. 135-80 Travel Plaza, Inc., 356 F. Supp. 2d 1011 (D. Neb. 2005)
- Chamberlin v. Buick Youngstown Co., 2003 Ohio 3486 (Ohio Ct. App. 2003)
- Lewis v. Waste Mgmt. of Miss., Inc., 148 F. Supp. 2d 726 (S.D. Miss. 2001)
Honors & Leadership
Joe is active in a number of activities within the community. He has served on the Board of Trustees at Oglethorpe University for a number of years and previously served as the President of the National Alumni Association. Joe currently sits on the University of Tennessee Law Alumni Council. Joe has also been active in his wife's non-profit prison ministry, HeartBound Ministries, having previously served on the Board of Directors and led a book club for juvenile offenders at Burress Correctional Prison.
- Five Other Lawyers Named ‘Rising Stars’2.21.13
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Fisher Phillips & The Metro Atlanta Chamber Present: 2016 Human Resources and Employment Law Seminar7.26.16
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog7.6.16
- Gig Employer Blog7.1.16
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog5.12.11
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog4.28.11
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog2.28.11
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog1.7.11
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog11.9.10
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog11.3.10
- Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Blog7.31.10
- Dose of Sugar and Spice: Georgia Court Reminds Businesses How They Can Guard Against Unfair CompetitionUsing Restrictive Covenants and Protecting Confidential Information9.21.09
- University of Tennessee College of LawJ.D. 1995, magna cum laude
- Oglethorpe UniversityB.A. 1991
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
- Georgia Supreme Court
- Georgia Court of Appeals