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Forrest W. Hunter

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Senior Counsel

Forrest Hunter is a member of the firm's Labor & Employment practice. He has over 30 years of experience serving as lead counsel in numerous sex, race, age, disability, national origin, Fair Labor Standards Act, ERISA and contract cases in federal courts throughout the country. He has successfully argued and briefed cases in four Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and summary judgment has been granted for his clients in over 80 percent of his cases. In addition, Forrest has handled and won dozens of arbitrations for unionized clients, has negotiated collective bargaining agreements with multiple unions, and has successfully tried a significant number of National Labor Relations Board cases.

Forrest also provides day-to-day labor and employment counseling and advice to large and small clients on issues such as terminations and work force reduction. He has avoided litigation for his clients in all such reductions in the last 20 years. He routinely trains clients, supervisors and managers on union avoidance and prevention of employment litigation generally.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2003 - Present: Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor & Employment 
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as "America's Leading Labor & Employment Lawyers", 2011 - 2014
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as "America's Leading Lawyers for Business", 2009 
  • Listed in Atlanta Magazine, "Georgia Super Lawyer"
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal USA - Management Labor & Employment
  • Listed in Corporate Counsel Edition Super Lawyers, 2009
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2013

Community Involvement

  • Member, University of Virginia Alumni Association and Emory University Law School Alumni Association
  • University of Virginia Club of Boise

Related Employment

  • Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, GA, Associate, 1981 - 1985; Partner, 1985 - 2008
  • Internal Revenue Service, Atlanta, GA, Office of Regional Counsel, Senior Attorney, 1978 - 1981
  • Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C., Office of Chief Counsel, Attorney, 1975 - 1977

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Idaho

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

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