Taylor English has a tremendous group of attorneys who are leaders in their fields.
Randy Gepp is recognized in handling management-employee relations problems. Mr. Gepp has more than 30 years of experience specializing in the areas of employment discrimination and labor relations. His practice consists of representation in employment discrimination, labor relations, contracts and administrative law matters before all federal and state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Mr. Gepp has extensive trial experience with more than 30 employment jury trials and many more bench trials before federal and state courts in Georgia, Florida, California, Alabama and many other states. He has achieved verdicts in favor of his clients in more than 90 percent of the cases he has tried. He represents employers and provides advice on claims filed under such statutes as Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA and WARN. He drafts employee handbooks, personnel policies and other employer documents.
He is a member of Taylor English’s Employment and Labor Relations practice group. He was previously managing partner in the firm of Hollowell, Foster & Gepp P.C. from 1989-2009. He is a past president of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and participates in the Employment Law Committee of the American Bar Association. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” in employment litigation by Atlanta Magazine in every year since 2004 and was one of the first Designated Specialists in Employment Law approved in Florida. He was appointed by several governors of Georgia to serve as a special master for the Georgia Office of Fair Employment Practices with responsibility for conducting trials based on cases brought by employees against state agencies.
Mr. Gepp published a quarterly newsletter on employment and labor issues from 1990-1998 and frequently speaks on employment law and mediation topics. He has mediated or arbitrated more than 100 employment discrimination cases.
Lawsuit against major hospital claiming race discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation and violation of various Georgia statutes. Obtained sufficient information through extensive discovery to show that the plaintiff violated various policies and that client did not violate any laws. After 18 months of discovery, summary judgment was granted.
Lawsuit alleged race discrimination and retaliation. Summary judgment obtained under Georgia Whistleblower Act. State court litigation alleged violations of various Georgia laws, including Georgia Whistleblower Act, negligent retention, negligent supervision and other state laws.
Jury trial resulted in defense verdict on all claims of false imprisonment, kidnapping, and assault and battery. Client sued on claims of assault and battery, false imprisonment, kidnapping and other theories. Verdict for employer.
HUD investigation dismissals. Several clients have been accused of violating Fair Housing Laws and discriminating against residents based on race, sex and disability. All such cases have resulted in dismissals.
Retaliation for Making OSHA Complaint. Plaintiffs contended that they were terminated in retaliation for disclosure of violations of federal and state laws. Employer terminated based on failure to properly perform job duties. Trial of case lasted 13 days. Verdict was issued in favor of county government. Case currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
Atlanta Bar Association, 1977-present, Employment Law Section
Past President of Labor & Employment Law Section, Atlanta Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia, 1977-present
Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of American Bar Association, 1980-present
Lawyers Club of Atlanta, 1980-present
The Florida Bar, 1978-present
The State Bar of California, 1978-present
Haygood Memorial United Methodist Church
Druid Hills Golf Club
Grady was sued by former patient for battery and false imprisonment. The former patient demanded $5 million and the jury awarded defense verdict on all claims.
Represented numerous Fortune 500 companies in high-profile wage and hour matters. Paul Munger is a noted legal authority on FLSA matters. Representative experience in this area includes the following: Compliance audits to evaluate and ensure compliance with employment laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act; Individual and class action cases involving civil rights, employment discrimination and wage-and-hour issues.
- "Investigation on Trial," C-Suite in the Crucible: Managing the Cycle of a High-Stakes Investigation, Taylor English's Employment SeminarAtlanta, Ga., May 2014
- "Common Employer Mistakes Relating to Terminations," HROI NewsletterNovember 25, 2014
- “Should Employers Prepare Their Own Position Statements to the EEOC and Other Governmental Agencies?” Resource Alliance NewsletterSeptember 30, 2014
- “Guidance for Handling Pregnancy Issues in the Workplace,” Resource Alliance NewsletterSeptember 2, 2014
- “Background Checks,” Resource Alliance NewsletterJuly 8, 2014
- “Should Employers Prepare Their Own Position Statements to the EEOC and Other Governmental Agencies?” Resource Alliance NewsletterMay 18, 2014
- December 20, 2013
- September 15, 2015
On September 4, 2015, Corporate Counsel published an article by Randy C. Gepp about recommended checkpoints during internal investigations. In the article, Mr. Gepp notes that investigations into allegations of corporate wrongdoing frequently yield internal reviews of decisions made by C-level executives, including general counsel. Mr. Gepp outlined checkpoints during an internal workplace investigative timeline, including: identifying the scope of ...
- July 28, 2015
On July 24, 2015, the Atlanta Business Chronicle interviewed Randy C. Gepp for its article, “Feds Targeting Companies for Misclassifying Their Workers.” The article examines the U.S. Department of Labor’s memorandum clarifying when companies should treat a worker as an employee under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and when that worker should be classified as an independent contractor. Mr. Gepp provides examples of activities included under the ...
- "NBCUniversal’s $6.4 million Settlement May Restrain Unpaid Internships," Society for Human Resources ManagementNovember 6, 2014
On October 31, 2014, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) interviewed Randy Gepp for its online article, “NBCUniversal’s $6.4 million Settlement May Restrain Unpaid Internships.” The article examines the impact of the recent class action settlement of unpaid interns’ wages against NBC and how the settlement has led other companies to cut back on internship programs. In the article, Mr. Gepp suggests that some companies may not eliminate ...
- January 31, 2014
On January 31, 2014, the Atlanta Business Chronicle called upon Randy C. Gepp for advice on curbing bullying and harassment in the workplace for their article, “Workplace Bullying.” Mr. Gepp says that bullying is really hard to define for some employers. While there are statutes that protect unlawful treatment based on race, age or sex, having a boss who might be overly demanding or who talks down to you, is not illegal. Another roadblock to legal action is that ...
- December 19, 2013
In response to a number of articles about the “vanishing” jury trial in employment discrimination cases, The Daily Report published Randy Gepp’s article, “Employment Juries Are Not “Vanishing,” Defense Lawyer Says,” on Dec. 19. In the article, Gepp suggests that the jury trial process in the Northern District of Georgia is fair and that employees with worthy cases receive trials before juries. In addition, he says the process utilized by the ...
- December 2, 2013
The Atlanta Business Chronicle interviewed Randy Gepp for the article, “DOMA Ruling: Companies Re-Evaluate Benefits,” that ran on Nov. 29. The article suggests that even in a state like Georgia that does not recognize same-sex marriage, certain aspects of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) being struck down will have a lasting impact on local businesses. Employers will have to re-evaluate their benefits to make sure they are complying with federal laws as ...
- August 17, 2015
Taylor English is pleased to announce the inclusion of 18 of its attorneys among The Best Lawyers® in America for 2016. One of the oldest and most distinguished legal directories, Best Lawyers conducts peer-review surveys to compile its annual list of top attorneys in 128 practice areas in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The entire list of 2016 Best Lawyers is available at www.bestlawyers.com.
In addition, three Taylor English attorneys have been selected ...
- February 20, 2015
Taylor English is pleased to announce that 15 attorneys have been included on this year’s Georgia Super Lawyers list, and nine attorneys have been recognized on the Georgia Rising Stars 2015 list. In addition, Henry M. Quillian III has been selected to the 2015 Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers list for the sixth consecutive year. The Super Lawyers selection process is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained ...
- February 21, 2013
11 Taylor English Duma attorneys have been included on this year’s Georgia Super Lawyers list, with an additional nine attorneys being recognized on the Georgia Rising Stars list.
The Super Lawyers selection process is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards and have demonstrated a degree of achievement in their field. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in the ...
- February 28, 2012
Atlanta (February 24, 2012) – Taylor English Duma LLP is pleased to announce sixteen attorneys were recognized as Georgia Super Lawyers: nine as Super Lawyers and seven as Rising Stars. The Super Lawyers will be listed in the March 2012 edition of Atlanta magazine and Georgia Super Lawyers. The named attorneys and their designated areas of specialty are:
Georgia Super Lawyers
William A. Clineburg, Jr. Business Litigation
Foy R. Devine Personal Injury ...
Atlanta– December 15, 2011 – Georgia Trend magazine named 10 attorneys from Taylor English Duma LLP to its ninth annual listing of the state’s “Legal Elite.” The magazine recognized attorneys from five separate practice areas as among the best in the state, based on votes cast solely by practicing attorneys in Georgia.
“The Taylor English model remains quite simple: attract the area’s best attorneys, give them the flexibility to be efficient about ...
- April 27, 2011
Atlanta – April 27, 2011 –In a tight economy when unemployment is high, creative plaintiffs try to find ways to blame employers for “Negligent Hiring and Supervision.” Recently, Randy Gepp, an experienced employment lawyer at Atlanta law firm Taylor English Duma LLP, successfully defended Grady Memorial Hospital in two cases that involved the theory that, according to Mr. Gepp, “negligent supervision or negligent hiring tries to pin the liability ...
- January 5, 2011
By Bill Rankin The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The federal appeals court in Atlanta has dismissed a lawsuit against Grady Hospital filed by three women who claimed a counselor sexually harassed them. The women said the substance abuse counselor, Steve Kimbrell, who no longer works at Grady, made unwanted sexual advances on them while they were being treated for opiate addiction at Grady's methadone clinic. According to court records, before Grady hired ...
- December 16, 2010
Atlanta – December 16, 2010 – Georgia Trend magazine named 13 attorneys from Taylor English Duma LLP to its eighth annual listing of the state’s “Legal Elite.” The magazine recognized attorneys from six separate practice areas as among the best in the state, based on votes cast solely by practicing attorneys in Georgia. “We greatly value this acknowledgment by our peers,” said Al Hill, managing partner of Taylor English. “Having a ...
- March 4, 2010
Atlanta – March 4, 2010 – Eight attorneys at Taylor English Duma LLP have been named “Georgia Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics magazine:
- William A. Clineburg Jr., a member of Taylor English’s Business and Commercial Litigation group. For more than 37 years, Mr. Clineburg has handled high stakes, complex business litigation.
- Foy R. Devine, head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group. Since 1969, Mr. Devine has focused on civil ...
- January 29, 2010
In The Trenches: By Meredith Hobbs, Staff Reporter Taylor English Duma has added five new attorneys, including three labor and employment practitioners. ERISA lawyer Carlton C. Pilger joined the firm's labor and employment practice Jan. 14 as a partner from Miller & Martin. Randy C. Gepp, an employment litigator with 30 years of trial experience, joined as a partner in December from Hollowell, Foster & Gepp, where he was a name partner. Lauren H. Zeldin joined as an ...
- January 28, 2010
Trial experience will help clients better defend themselves against employee lawsuits Atlanta – Jan. 19, 2010 – Randy Gepp, a labor and employment attorney with 33 years of experience, has joined Taylor English Duma LLP. Gepp will represent corporate and government clients—helping them defend against harassment, discrimination and wrongful termination charges. He also will focus on employment contracts and general labor relations. In ...
- January 26, 2016
Many employers are unaware of the accuracy required by the federal government in the completion of I-9 documents. Only when the government conducts an audit do these employers learn the extent of mistakes they have been making for years. Committing errors on documents may result in penalties of up to $1,100 for each I-9 form. Thus, a mistake on 100 forms could result in penalties exceeding $100,000. In addition, employing individuals who are ineligible to work ...
- August 7, 2014
An employer's obligations to pregnant employees are often confusing and an area where employers make mistakes. The following are guidelines to follow should a pregnancy issue arise. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires that a covered employer treat women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions in the same manner as other applicants or employees who are similar in their ability or inability to work. The PDA covers all ...
- June 20, 2014
Many employers use an automatic time deduction for employee meal breaks. Most systems deduct either 30 minutes or an hour for a meal break, and the employee is responsible for notifying the employer if the meal break is not taken. This timekeeping system has the benefit of not requiring employees to clock in and out during their breaks-only at the beginning and end of each shift. These automatic deductions have led to many lawsuits, including class actions, where ...
- June 12, 2014
The need to adequately and thoroughly investigate and respond to a charge of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has always been important in defending against accusations made by a current or former employee. That need has become even more critical given new tactics that are being used by EEOC investigators which may prejudice employers. Recently, the EEOC District Office in Atlanta began tape-recording statements ...
- January 9, 2013
Beginning January 1, 2013, employers are required to provide a new version of the form entitled Summary of Your Rights Under the FCRA (Summary of Rights) to individuals before taking any adverse action based on the contents of a consumer report. Fortunately, the adverse action process that employers are to follow under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has not changed, only the Summary of Rights form. To view a copy of the new Summary of Rights, Click here As a ...
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Emory University School of Law, JD, with distinction, 1977
- Selected to Order of the Coif
Kalamazoo College, Economics, summa cum laude, 1974
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
The Best Lawyers in America®, 2016
Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004-2015
Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Labor, Employment and Immigration 2013
Awarded Employment Law expert designation in Florida