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Mickey Ross is a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor Relations group as well as its Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. He is a seasoned employment and business litigator with nearly 40 years of experience in federal and state trial and appellate courts and arbitration proceedings across the country, including a number of class and collective actions. Mr. Ross has successfully represented both individuals and companies in a wide variety of cases, often on the cutting edge of the law. For example, he has:

  • Won a jury trial in Rome, Georgia, of a potentially $50 million case in which plaintiffs alleged that their plant was closed because of the age of the workforce in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act;
  • Successfully defended hybrid wage and hour collective/class action brought by, among others, restaurant managers and employees, mortgage brokers, parking lot attendants and insurance investigators;
  • Successfully defended the first class action under the WARN Act;
  • Defeated a putative class action in California by agents of national financial services company by successfully moving to compel individual arbitrations in Georgia;
  • Successfully represented public and private creditors in seeking to enforce promissory notes and guaranties in excess of $10 million;
  • Defeated class certification by current and former students at national for-profit university who alleged various state law tort claims; and
  • Recovered in arbitration more than $2 million in additional severance benefits for a senior executive who was let go by his company after it was acquired.

Before joining Taylor English, Mr. Ross practiced with King & Spalding for nearly 34 years, including 28 years as a partner, and with Greenberg Traurig for more than two years as a shareholder.

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Employment Contracts: Arbitration Agreements, Restrictive Covenants and More," Labor & Employment Law Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 9, 2014
  • Author and speaker, “Recent Developments: Restrictive Covenants, Agreements to Arbitrate, and Releases,” The Seminar Group, October 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012
  • Author and speaker, “Issues and Strategies Every Seasoned Employment Practitioner Needs to Know: Cat’s Paw, Mixed Motive and Offers of Judgment,” Labor & Employment Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, March 2005
  • Author and speaker, “Taking Off the Gloves: Contacting Employee Witnesses – An Ethical Discussion,” Labor & Employment Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, March 2004
  • Author and speaker, “Recent Ethics Developments,” Employment Law & Litigation Group, ORC Worldwide, October 2008
  • Author and speaker, “Case Studies of Clinical Integration Models: Hits, Misses & Consequences,” Greenbranch Publishing Audio Conference, February 2009

Publications & Articles

  • “Compensability of Travel Time Under the FLSA,” Labor & Employment Section of the Atlanta Bar Association Newsletter, Summer 2007 (co-author)
  • “Butterflies and Group Goodbyes: Are Your ADEA Releases in RIFs Enforceable After Smith?,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, July 2005 (co-author)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 51 Mercer L. Rev. 1035 (2000) (co-author)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 50 Mercer L. Rev. 859 (1999) (co-author)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 49 Mercer L. Rev. 967 (1998) (co-author)
  • “Whose Field of Dreams: Antitrust Relief Against Restrictions On the Sale or Relocation of Major League Baseball Teams,” 42 Antitrust Bull. 521 (1997) (co-author)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 48 Mercer L. Rev. 1389 (1997) (co-author)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 46 Mercer L. Rev. 1237 (1995) (co-author)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 44 Mercer L. Rev. 1047 (1993)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 42 Mercer L. Rev. 1239 (1991)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 41 Mercer L. Rev. 1217 (1990)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 40 Mercer L. Rev. 1141 (1989)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 38 Mercer L. Rev. 1053 (1987)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 37 Mercer L. Rev. 1197 (1986)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 36 Mercer L. Rev. 1101 (1985)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 35 Mercer L. Rev. 1091 (1984)
  • “Antitrust, Eleventh Circuit Annual Survey,” 34 Mercer L. Rev. 1191 (1983)
  • “Recognizing the Reliance Interest in Awarding Damages Under Section 4 of the Clayton Act: Of Mitigation and Prospectivity,” 12 Ga. L. Rev. 193 (1978)
  • “Developing An Effective Antitrust Compliance Program,” 15 Ga. B.J. 87 (1978)
  • “Territorial and Customer Restrictions On Distributing Agents or Consignees: The Nature of ‘Title, Dominion and Risk of Loss,’” 13 Ga. B.J. 39 (1976)
  • “Of Bicycles and Beer: Vertical Territorial and Customer Restrictions from Schwinn to Coors,” 26 Mercer L. Rev. 507 (1975) (co-author)
  • “The Single Product Issue in Antitrust Tying: A Functional Approach,” 23 Emory L.J. 963 (1974)

Accolades

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2007-2015
  • Georgia Super Lawyers 2004-2014
  • Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers - Labor & Employment 2009-2012
  • Among highest student evaluations for an Adjunct Professor in the Litigation Program at Georgia State University College Law
  • Rhodes Scholar nominee from the State of Florida