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Terri R. Stewart

Partner, Atlanta
Atlanta
t: 404.240.4247
f: 404.240.4249

Overview

Terri Stewart is a partner in the firm's Atlanta office. She represents management in all areas of labor and employment law in state and federal courts as well as before state and federal agencies.

Her practice focuses on the defense of employment related lawsuits in trial and appellate courts, encompassing a variety of issues, including claims arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and related state claims such as trade secret infringement, restrictive covenants, breach of contract and tort actions.

Terri also frequently advises employers on reductions in force, drafts employment agreements, personnel policies, separation agreements and releases, and conducts on-site training on topics such as employment law compliance and avoidance of harassment claims. 

Terri has been listed in Georgia Super Lawyers - Rising Stars since 2011. She also received the top "40 under 40" Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The award honors the top 40 business people in Atlanta under the age of 40. Recently, she was chosen by the Daily Report, Atlanta's leading legal newspaper, as a member of the 2015 class of "On the Rise" - the top 40 Georgia lawyers under the age of 40.Terri is also a recent graduate of the L.E.A.D. Atlanta Class (a division of Leadership Atlanta).

Experience

Experience

  • Upheld 11th Circuit defense for imputation of punitive damages to corporate entity against U.S. government in the United States Supreme Court
  • 11th Circuit Affirmation of Summary Judgment in Failure to Promote Case
  • Georgia Court of Appeals Win Reversing Wrongful Preliminary Injunction
  • Win Arbitrations in Several Employee Disputes for Leading Hotel Chain
  • Secure Dismissal of Frivolous Claims in Title VII Lawsuit
  • Obtain Favorable Settlements in FMLA, Breach of Contract, Title VII, Commission Disputes, and State Law Employment Practices Lawsuit
  • Achieve "No Cause" Determinations in Response to EEOC Charges Investigated To A Final Result

Reported Cases

  • Travis, et al. v. Exel, No. 14-11007 (11th Cir. Mar. 26, 2018), cert. denied.
  • Byron W. Turner v. Graphic Packaging International, Inc., Case 2:12-cv-02114-PHK (W.D. of Arkansas: Fort Smith Division)
  • E.O.C. v. Exel Inc., 259 F.R.D. 652 (N.D. Ga. 2008)
  • Stephen Henry v. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Case No. 3:12-cv-01282 (M.D. TN)
  • Laura M. D’Elia v. Thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation, Case No. 1:13-cv-0585-SCJ (N.D. Ga. 2014)
  • Muhammad Shabazz v. Hill Phoenix, Inc., Case No. 1:11-cv-1583-CAP-WEJ (N.D. Ga.)
  • Felipe Valenuzuela v. Interactive Communications International, Inc. d/b/a InComm, Case No. 1:15-cv-01377-LMM-JSA (N.D. Ga.)
  • Audrey Finley v. Morris Communications Company, LLC., Case No. CV-112-38, (S.D. of Ga.)
  • Denise Candice v. Morris Communications Company, Case No. 12-ca-00095-MJR-PMF, (S.D. IL.)
  • Benjamin Smith v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., Case No. 7:11-cv-62-HL, (M.D. Ga.)
  • Mary L. Jackson v. Goldco, LLC d/b/a Burger King, Case 1:14-cv-00119-LJA (N.D. Ga.)
  • Anthony A. Davis, Jr. v. Swisher Hygiene USA Operations, Inc., et. als., Case No. 1:12-cv-01962-SCJ, (N.D. Ga.)
  • Seifert v. Graphic Packaging International, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98467, (N.D. Ohio 2011)
  • Keith Kitt v. Birmingham Freightliner, LLC, Case No. 2:16-cv-01594-JEO, (N.D. AL.)
  • Vikki Wesley v. Courier Express, Inc., Case No. 1:17-cv-03446-CAP-JCF, (N.D. GA.)
  • Latisha Calhoun and Valeria Love v. Fossil Group, Allied Barton Security Services, LLC and George Hayden, Case No. 17-c-06516-S5, State Court of Gwinnett County
  • Jennifer Niell, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., et als., Case No. 18-00701-WB, (E.D. Pa.)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Zandrea Wade, et als, Case No. 7:11-cv-134-HL, (M.D. Ga.)
  • Jemima Peddie v. InComm, Case No. 1:17-cv-04405-MLB-JSA, (N.D. Ga.)
  • Lafarro Burney v. Native Wholesale, Inc., Case No. 1:17-cv-01517-MHC-CMS, (N.D. Ga.)
  • Andrew Phillip Moore v. Papa Johns USA, Inc., Case 1:17-cv-02319-WSD-JKL, (N.D. Ga.)
  • Feona Victor v. The Sheltering Arms, Case No. 1:18-cv-03811-MHC-AJB, (N.D. Ga.)
  • Shadie Hall v. YMCA Child Development Center, Case No. 1:17-cv-00337-JMC (Dist. S.C.)
  • Carolyn Trawick v. Burger Gulf Coast LLC d/b/a Burger King, Case No. 5:17-cv-125-RH-GRJ, (N.D. Fl.)
  • Willie Lattimore v. Tyson Foods, Inc., Case No. 4:17-cv-00092-CDL, (M.D.Ga).

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • University of Georgia Alumni Association - 40 Under 40 Class of 2019
  • On the Rise award - Top 40 under 40 attorneys in Georgia
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle's "40 under 40" Award
  • Georgia Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, since 2011
  • Blue Key Honor Society – Lifelong Member
  • 2012 LEAD Atlanta Graduate

Professional Activities

Terri is on the steering committee for Fisher Phillips' Women Initiative and Leadership Counsel (WILC) and advances women in leadership both inside and outside of the firm. Terri is also a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Terri also served as a board member for SHRM Atlanta. Additionally, she served as the Articles Editor for the organization's monthly online publication.

Terri is an active member of the Labor & Employment Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and often speaks to community employers to help them navigate the complex legal landscape associated with labor and employment issues in Georgia.

Terri also serves on the Young Lawyers Division of the Atlanta Bar Association. She is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and serves as the Firm Representative for the Atlanta Bar Associations' Young Lawyers' Campaign.

Community Activities

Terri currently serves on the Georgia Special Olympics Honorary Board.

Terri is an Atlanta Falcon Cheerleaders Community Liaison, a UGA Law School Alumni Association member, a UGA Alumni Association member, LEAD Atlanta Member, and a volunteer with Atlanta Pet Rescue, Buckhead Christian Ministries, Homeless to Home and Moving in the Spirit.

Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Making #MeToo #Not Here, Fisher Phillips Inside Counsel Conference
    March 2019
  • The Best Class, the Wrong Class, the What Class?: A Guide to Understanding FLSA Classifications?, Atlanta SHRM, SOAR Conference
    March 25, 2019
  • Employment and Tradesecret Issues with Social Media
    SHRM, Midtown GEM
    November 2012
  • The Seminar Group 9th Annual Labor & Employment Conference
    October 2012
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2012 Expo
    October 2012
  • Managing the Electronic Workplace
    Gainesville Area Employer Committee
    October 2012
  • New Developments in Social Media
    Cobb County HR Academy
    September 2012
  • Business to Business Luncheon Keynote Speaker
    Clayton County Chamber of Commerce
    July 2012
  • Employment Law Guidance
    Greater Women's Business Counsel
  • Legal Aspects of Social Media
    Society for Human Resource Management: Augusta, Georgia
    September 2011
  • The Seminar Group 8th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference
    October 2011
  • The Evolving Electronic Workplace,
    International Safety Equipment Association Executive Summit
    2011
  • Legal Implications of Social Media on Employment Law
    Society of Human Resources Annual Convention
    2011
  • Social Media and The Law
    The Seminar Group 8th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference
    2011
  • The Collision of Your Space, MySpace and Our Space
    Atlanta Bar Association Annual Advanced Employment Law Conference
  • 10 Ways to Guarantee Your Employees Will Sue You
    Office Arrow Webinar

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

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