Steven J. Whitehead

Partner

Atlanta, Georgia

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 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.

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Affiliations

  • American Staffing Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Atlanta Union Mission, provides pro bono legal services
  • CobbWorks, Board Member, 2012-2013
  • Senior Services of North Fulton, Board Member, 2011-2012
  • State Bar of Georgia

Recognitions

  • Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, Labor / Employment Law, 2019-2021

Practice Areas

  • Business Torts and Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Class and Collective Actions
  • Corporate & Business
  • Employment & Labor Litigation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Franchising
  • Government & Internal Investigations
  • Insurance
  • IP Litigation
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Non-Profit
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Staffing
  • Technology
  • Trial Practice
  • Youth Serving Organizations

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, JD, 1988
  • Georgia State University, BA, English, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

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