Alexander & Associates has represented Georgia School districts for twenty-two (22) years and currently serves as sole general counsel to one of the largest school districts in the state.
It has represented its clients in dozens of Fair Dismissal Act hearings over the past twenty-two (22) years with resounding success. On a day-to-day basis, the firm is frequently asked on to evaluate situations and to assist school districts in complying with various areas of education law including the Georgia Fair Dismissal Act, the Georgia Charter School Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and the No Child Left Behind Act.
The firm has also represented its school district clients before state and federal courts and in administrative hearings before the State Board of Education. In addition, Alexander & Associates also has substantial expertise in drafting and revising school district policies and administrative regulations. The firm has worked closely with administrators and staff to craft policies that comply with Georgia law and protect its clients.
Alexander & Associates has represented defendants in employment lawsuits for two decades. The firm has advised its clients on how to comply with the Fair Labors Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The firm has also convinced courts to dismiss several lawsuits filed by employees and former employees based on motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and other legal maneuvers.
Alexander & Associates takes particular pride in helping its clients avoid employment lawsuits. We work with our clients to craft policies that allow them to operate within the law and treat their employees fairly.
Alexander & Associates also has substantial litigation experience and an impressive track record. The vast majority of cases handled by the firm have been dismissed based on preliminary motions filed by the firm. This strategy has avoided the need for trials and has saved its clients a substantial amount of money in legal fees over the years. Attorneys of our firm have also appeared at countless administrative hearings and secured favorable results. The firm's attorneys are admitted to practice before Georgia state and superior courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Alexander & Associates has, throughout its history, served a diverse clientele, including major corporations, other business entities, and individuals. For instance, we represented the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Inc. ("ACOG"), a private corporation that organized and implemented the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Our firm has also represented other clients, including the DeKalb County Board of Education, The Kroger Co., Gold Kist, Inc., the City of Atlanta-Fulton County Recreational Authority, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the State of Georgia (including the Attorney General's Office and the Office of the Governor), the Atlanta Housing Authority, the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Board of Education, and SunTrust Bank.
LITIGATION REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
Alexander & Associates has handled numerous lawsuits and administrative matters. We are quite comfortable with the trial process and enjoy representing our clients in that arena. We also have significant experience representing corporate and governmental clients in cases filed by employees under state and federal laws. A representative summary of cases that we have successfully handled on behalf of our corporate and governmental clients is as follows:
Defended an employer against a class action lawsuit, alleging both unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and damages under the Equal Pay Act of 1963. This case resulted in a favorable settlement after mediation.
Defended an employer against a class action lawsuit, alleging race and ethnicity discrimination after the employer allegedly denied the award of architectural contracts to the plaintiff. After discovery and upon review of briefs submitted by our firm, the Court refused to certify the class. At the trial, where the plaintiff proceeded as an individual claiming discrimination, the employer was victorious, being awarded a directed verdict at the close of the plaintiff's evidence. On appeal, the plaintiff received only nominal damages and attorneys' fees, based solely on the fact that the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a particular policy, instituted by the employer before Alexander & Associates was retained, was unconstitutional.
Defended an employer in a lawsuit based upon allegations of age discrimination. The employer was victorious and was awarded judgment based on a summary judgment motion filed by Alexander & Associates.
Defended an employer in a lawsuit based upon allegations of sex discrimination and retaliation. The employer was victorious and was awarded judgment based on a summary judgment motion filed by Alexander & Associates.
Defended an employer against allegations of damages arising from the termination of an employment contract. Based upon a motion to dismiss filed by Alexander & Associates, the employer was dismissed from the action.
Represented a large metropolitan school district in a lawsuit, alleging that an employee was terminated without receiving a due process hearing. In response to our motion to dismiss, the plaintiff/employee voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit against the school district.
Defended an employer in an action alleging breach of an employment contract. The employer was victorious, receiving judgment on the motion to dismiss filed by Alexander & Associates.
The above summary is just a few of the cases that we have handled on behalf of clients. We provided extensive training to clients on the law in the context of their business needs. We have handled countless investigations for clients, ranging from suspected theft to allegations of sexual harassment to possible violations of disability laws. We have coordinated Americans with Disabilities Act requirements with architects, contractors, property owners, community groups composed of disabled citizens, and the United States Department of Justice. We are particularly proud of the fact that our firm has served as General Counsel to an entity with a billion-dollar budget and more than fourteen thousand (14,000) employees. In that capacity, we were responsible for all legal matters, with the exception of certain specialty areas like construction, and coordinated legal matters being handled by other outside counsel. Currently, with respect to this same entity, our firm advises and oversees all of the human resources issues with respect to the entity's fourteen thousand (14,000) employees.