Peter R. Spanos

Partner

Atlanta, Georgia

Peter Spanos brings more than four decades of nationwide employment law experience to Taylor English. He represents a variety of local, regional, national, and international employers on complex employment law issues across numerous industries, including technology, manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, nonprofits, real estate, transportation, pharmaceuticals, construction and consulting. Mr. Spanos handles trials in federal and state courts, cases before the NLRB, the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA and state agencies, arbitrations, mediations and appeals.

Mr. Spanos is experienced in traditional labor law, including matters such as collective bargaining, union organizing, union elections, unfair labor practices, grievances and strikes. He also has specialized knowledge of the intersection of antitrust law and labor law.

Throughout his career, Mr. Spanos has worked in all facets of employment law, including employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, handbooks and policies, wage & hour compliance and collective actions, trade secrets, unfair competition, post-employment restrictive covenants, whistleblower claims, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder employees, corporate governance, occupational safety and health, employment agreements, severance agreements, non-disclosure agreements, independent contractors, and compensation.

In addition to his labor & employment practice, Mr. Spanos regularly represents non-profits in the areas of general governance, the duties and responsibilities of directors and officers, litigation, and amicus briefs, often acting as outside General Counsel. He provides guidance to both the professional staff and the members of non-profit Boards of Directors regarding complex legal issues, including: employment law; corporate law; membership law; the special considerations of non-profit taxation; federal legislation and lobbying; federal and state regulation of various industries; sports organizations; state regulation of fundraising and gambling; relations between national organizations and state affiliates; codes of ethics for members; meetings, trade shows and conventions; and antitrust compliance.

Prior to joining Taylor English, Mr. Spanos was a member of an international Am Law 100 firm.

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, 1978-1997
  • Antitrust Law Section, 1981-1997
  • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, 1981-1997
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Buckhead Lions Club, Member, 1981-1998
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Georgia Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Harvard Club of Georgia
  • Labor and Employment Law Council, Associated General Contractors, Chairman, 1997-1998
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta, 1981-2000
  • Reflections Ministries, Board of Directors, 2005-Present The Telluride Association, Member, 1966-Present

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers of America, 2020-2022
  • Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers – Labor and Employment, 2009 – 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rated

Practice Areas

  • Employment & Labor Litigation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Labor Relations
  • Non-Profit

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, JD, 1976
  • Harvard College, AB, 1970

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia

Courts

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • United States Supreme Court

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Amazon Workers Reject Union Again

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