Thomas A. Cox, Jr., is an experienced trial attorney and counselor who concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment litigation and counseling. He graduated with honors from Morehouse College in Atlanta, and later Boston College Law School. Thomas started his career in the public sector at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C., before returning to Georgia. Upon his return, he worked for the Georgia Attorney General’s Office and the Fulton County Attorney’s Office, before entering private practice.
While in private practice, Thomas has been a partner in a small diverse law firm, a regional law firm and two AmLaw 200 large law firms before joining Fisher Phillips. In two of his previous firms, Thomas served as the Atlanta Vice-Chair and Team Lead of the Labor & Employment practice group. He has also served in other firm leadership capacities. Thomas has extensive contacts within the local Atlanta business and civic communities. Thomas’s trial practice has allowed him to assist clients in matters in courts across the United States.
In his current practice, Thomas defends private sector clients in all types of employment-related litigation, arbitration and mediation including claims of discrimination and harassment under Title VII, as well as the defense of state law claims. Thomas also has extensive experience in representing federal contractors in audits initiated by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
Thomas is rated “AV,” the highest rating attainable, by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He has also been named to Georgia Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. Furthermore, he has been featured in Who’s Who In Black Atlanta. Thomas has also recently been named a National Black Lawyers “Top 100 Lawyers in 2015.”
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Awards
- Rated "AV", the highest rating attainable, by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
- Georgia Super Lawyers
- Past Feature in Who's Who in Black America
- National Black Lawyers “Top 100 Lawyers in 2015”
- The Best Lawyers in America - (2017)
- Member, Commerce Club of Atlanta
- Member, American Bar Association
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- One Day, Many Solutions Atlanta3.22.16
- Invading Your Employees' Privacy: Finding a Balance Between an Employee's Freedom and an Employer's Need to Monitor11.17.15
- Breaking Bad Behavior: Drugs, Alcohol, Medical Marijuana, Cigarettes, Cursing, Social Media, Attire, Tattoos, Piercings, Missing Underwear, Body Odor, Etc.8.25.15
- A Serious Challenge for Corporate America6.6.16
- A Volatile Combination11.19.15
- But What About My Rights?9.1.15
- "It's Not Just the NSA — Big Brother Is Watching You At Work"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, March 2014
- "Employee Privacy in the Workplace: Is Big Brother Watching?"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, December 2013/January 2014
- "Campus Safety—A Matter Of Concern For Our Community"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, October 2013
- "The Affordable Care Act — Big Changes on the Horizon For Employers"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, August 2013
- "Today's Workplace Conflicts Can Lead to More Than Stress — it can Lead to Lawsuits"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, June 2013
- "Disability Discrimination — the less talked about form of discrimination."
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, April 2013
- "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What You Need to Know To Prevent It"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, February 2013
- "Discrimination — Does Your Definition Match the Court's Definition?"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, November 2012
- "Campaign 2012, Coming to a Workplace Near You"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, September 2012
- "Should Employers Coerce Social Media Passwords form Job Applicants and Current Employees?"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, July 2012
- "Are The Risks of Performing Credit Checks On Job Applicants Worth the Potential Reward?"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, May 2012
- "Is Your Employee Handbook a Well-Written Novel or a Horror Story"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, March 2012
- "What You Need to Know About Employee Handbooks"
The Washington Post, January 5, 2012
- "Social Media and the Technology of the Modern Workplace"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, December/January 2012
- "Performance Reviews: Ready or Not - Time to Evaluate"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, August 2011
- "Bullying and Workplace Violence: A Potentially Devastating Problem for Your Company"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, June 2011
- "Are You Ready To Hire Like A Pro?"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, April 2011
- "To Fire or Not to Fire, That is the Question."
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, March 2011
- "Can Proper Investigation and Documentation Help Managers and Business Owners Avoid Liability in Employment Disputes?"
Atlanta Tribune, The Magazine, December 2010/ January 2011
- "How to Prepare for an OFCCP Compliance Audit, Inside the Minds: Government Contracts"
Compliance, 2011 ed. (Aspatore Books)
- "What's Bringing Your Gun to Work Got to Do with the Increase in Workplace Violence Anyway?"
Bloomberg Law Reports - 2010
- "Georgia's "Bring Your Gun to Work" Law May Not Have the Firepower to Trouble Georgia Employers After All."
Georgia Bar Journal, June 2009
- "Georgia's Fair Employment Practices Act"
Georgia Country Government, August 2008
- Labor and Employment Litigation
- Title VII
- Compliance Audits and Counseling
- Employment Discrimination and Related Litigation
- Employment Practices Liability Insurance
- Employment Law Training
- Jury Trials
- Section 1983 and Constitutional Claims
- Workplace Violence
- Affirmative Action and Federal Contract Compliance
- Boston College Law SchoolJ.D.
- Morehouse CollegeB.A., cum laude
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth 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
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals