Steven Whitehead, Employment, Labor Attorney

Steven J. Whitehead

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When I was an in-house lawyer, I experienced many frustrations with outside counsel regarding billing practices, communication and responsiveness, consistency and cost. I left in-house life with the intent to “re-invent” the practice of law and the way that legal services are delivered and priced. I wanted every interaction with a client to be a positive one that showed I (1) understand their business and the impact upon it that the problem at hand caused; (2) I recognize the level of expertise and work required to solve their problems; and (3)  that the benefit of solving the problem should have a direct connection to the cost of that resolution. Taylor English is a collection of like-minded lawyers and the firm allows me to be an entrepreneurial business partner with my clients and to customize solutions and pricing to fit each problem.

Steve Whitehead is a former general counsel of a multinational staffing company who left his in-house practice to “re-invent” the experience of clients in interacting with outside counsel and in obtaining solutions to their problems. While in-house, Mr. Whitehead was the head of his company’s franchise and strategic accounts divisions, and this business operations experience enhances the practical, business-oriented legal assistance that he provides to clients.

Mr. Whitehead is the Chair of Taylor English’s Employment and Labor Relations group. He represents management in disputes involving the employer-employee relationship. He has represented employers in federal and state courts throughout the United States and defends employers on matters ranging from individual and class action discrimination and wage and hour lawsuits to state actions involving non-competes, restrictive covenants, breach of contract, commissions disputes, and other state law claims. Mr. Whitehead also represents employers before state and federal agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Mr. Whitehead has deep experience in legal issues involving the staffing, contingent labor and employment solutions industry, having represented companies in the industry for more than 25 years. He provides outside general counsel and other services to staffing companies that are located throughout the United States and advises clients on commercial matters, service agreements, insurance, risk management and employment-related issues. Mr. Whitehead often collaborates with the American Staffing Association regarding legal and business issues facing the industry.

Mr. Whitehead also provides outside general counsel services to organizations outside the staffing industry and has an understanding of a wide array of legal issues that allows him to assist his clients in solving their legal problems. He assists clients in managing their legal spend by ensuring that the solution in both expertise and cost meets the problem and its impact on the client’s business.

Mr. Whitehead is married and has two children.


State Bar of Georgia

Atlanta Bar Association

American Staffing Association

Community Involvement

Senior Services of North Fulton, Board Member, 2011-2012

CobbWorks, Board Member, 2012-2013

Atlanta Union Mission, provides pro bono legal services.

Practice Highlights






Georgia State University College of Law, JD, 1988

Outer Barrister’s Guild

Georgia State University, BA, English, 1985

Bar Admissions


Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

Supreme Court of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit