New Partners, New Counsel, New Name
The employment law firm of Hall, Arbery & Gilligan LLP has gained two new partners, David Allen Roberts and Rebecca Williams Shanlever, and a new counsel, Jonathan D. Letzring. The new firm, Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP, focuses on matters related to the workplace, including litigation and advice regarding non-compete and other employment agreements, compliance with federal and state employment laws, and virtually all aspects of the employment relationship.
Dave Roberts joins the new firm after founding and managing The Roberts Firm, P.C. since 2005, where he developed a thriving boutique non-compete practice in addition to serving clients in many other areas of employment law. Prior to establishing his own firm, Roberts practiced with Greenberg Traurig, Seyfarth Shaw, and Fisher Phillips. He has nearly 18 years of employment law and litigation experience. His practice emphasizes non-compete litigation and drafting, trade secrets and unfair competition, harassment, discrimination and retaliation cases and other employment litigation and preventative matters.
Rebecca Shanlever moves her practice from Troutman Sanders LLP, where she was a partner in that firm’s Labor & Employment Section. For more than 15 years, she has been litigating employment and business disputes and advising clients on a wide variety of employment issues. Shanlever has extensive experience handling discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases through all stages of litigation, from informal settlements and mediations to motion practice and jury trials. She also has significant experience with non-compete and related matters, including a favorable ruling in one of the first decisions involving Georgia’s new law on restrictive covenants.
In addition to the two new partners, the firm also welcomed Jonathan D. Letzring as counsel in December 2013. Jonathan is a former law clerk to the Honorable Phyllis Kravitch on the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, and the Honorable Timothy Batten in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Before joining the firm, he was an associate with King & Spalding in Atlanta. Jonathan will focus his practice on employment litigation and employment-related business disputes.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dave, Rebecca, and Jonathan to our team. The excellent legal skills, experience, and reputation that each of them brings to the table will enhance our ability to serve clients in virtually every industry,” said Wit Hall, the firm’s managing partner. “We are growing,” said Mr. Hall, “but we will remain intensely focused on providing first-rate, efficient, and cost-effective solutions for clients throughout Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and the southeast region.”
The predecessor firm was founded by Wit Hall, Chris Arbery, and Matt Gilligan in 2010, each of whom has focused on employment law for his entire career in private practice. The new firm currently has nine attorneys.
The firm recently was recognized in 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition as the “Top Small Law Firm” for employment law in the state of Georgia.