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Joseph P. Shelton

Partner, Atlanta
t: 404.240.4259
f: 404.240.4249


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

Reported Cases

  • 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

Community Activities

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.


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