Gary R. Kessler
• Employment Related Litigation
• Executive Compensation
• Non-competition / Non-solicitation Agreements
• Protection of Trade Secrets/ Confidential Information
• Severance Negotiation and Agreements
• Whistle Blower Claims
- J.D., 1976, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, with honors
- B.S., 1972, University of Alabama
Gary has litigated several hundred employment-related lawsuits in both federal and state courts concerning executive employment agreements, protection of trade secrets, employment discrimination, reasonable accommodation, retaliation, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and related tort claims. He also has an active practice focusing on an employer’s response to the defection of highly compensated executives. This includes claims of unfair competition, employee raiding, duty-of-loyalty claims and protection of confidential business data.
During his more than forty (40) year career, Gary has represented a broad variety of clients, including Senior Executives and Employers in finance, banking, technology, textiles, hospitals, temporary employee leasing services, manufacturing, insurance, advertising and retail.
After law school, Gary completed a Federal Court Clerkship with the Honorable Virgil T. Pittman with the United States District Court in Mobile, Alabama. Gary moved to Atlanta thereafter in the late 1970’s and has been engaged in the private practice of employment law since that date.
Gary has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Georgia and is a Mentor in the State Bar of Georgia Mentorship Program. He is also a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Certified as a Specialist in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar and an Employment arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.
Away from work, Gary enjoys riding his road bike, competing in triathlons or enjoying the beach.