Benjamin D. Briggs

Mr. Briggs is a partner in the Labor & Employment and Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud and Non-Competes Practice Groups of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. His practice focuses on employment-related litigation and compliance counseling involving federal and state statutes that govern employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour issues, employee leave issues and workplace safety and health. In addition, Mr. Briggs represents and counsels clients in matters involving the protection of trade secrets and the enforcement of non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants.

Mr. Briggs has successfully represented employers from a wide-array of industries including building and consumer products, technology, retail, automotive, distribution, utilities, insurance services, construction, media and staffing in federal and state court litigation and administrative proceedings in jurisdictions across the U.S. He has defended employers in single and multi-plaintiff cases involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliatory discharge, failure to accommodate and interference with protected rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 and various other local, state and federal statutes. In his wage and hour practice, Mr. Briggs has defended employers in single plaintiff cases, collective actions and Department of Labor wage and hour audits involving alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. His significant workplace safety and health practice includes contesting, litigating and negotiating favorable resolutions of federal and state OSHA citations, as well as representing employers in connection with OSHA inspections and Section 11(c) retaliation cases. Mr. Briggs has also successfully represented clients in state and federal court litigation involving alleged violations of laws protecting trade secrets, the enforcement of non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants and related tort claims.

In addition to his representation of employers in litigation and administrative proceedings, Mr. Briggs devotes a considerable portion of his practice to advice and compliance counseling covering the full-range of labor and employment, trade secrets and restrictive covenant laws. In this portion of his practice, Mr. Briggs’ guides employers through issues such as employee discipline and discharge, workforce reductions, furloughs, wage and hour compliance, employment policies and handbooks, employee leave issues, OSHA compliance and employment contract matters. Mr. Briggs routinely advises clients on the protection of trade secrets and enforcement of restrictive covenants, including non-compete agreements, under the laws of states across the U.S. When not litigating and counseling clients, Mr. Briggs is a frequent lecturer on topics relating to his practice.

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Areas of Practice 1) OSHA Compliance, 2) Enforcement & Litigation, 3) Labor & Employment, 4) Environmental and 5) Safety & Toxic Torts
Law School Georgia State University College of Law (J.D., 1999)
Admitted Year 1999
Education University of Miami (B.B.A., 1990)
Bar Member / Association Georgia State Bar Association
Most recent firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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