Greg Hare has been an employment lawyer at Ogletree Deakins his entire career, ever since 1991. He assists companies with human resources and employment-related litigation matters, including wrongful termination claims, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, employment contracts, trade secrets, and non-compete agreements.
He advises clients on a wide range of human resources topics, such as employee discipline and discharge, severance planning, independent contractor classifications, wage payment, family and medical leave, disability law, military leave, joint employment issues, affirmative action and reductions in force.
Mr. Hare also counsels clients on traditional labor relations matters involving union avoidance, decertification, strike contingency planning, double-breasting, grievance administration and arbitration, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice litigation, and other matters involving the National Labor Relations Board, including “protected concerted activity” cases.
Mr. Hare encourages companies to develop proactive human resources strategies that are designed to minimize exposure to costly litigation and disputes. This commonly includes conducting comprehensive employment law compliance audits, employment policy design and review, management training and counseling, and simulated problem solving workshops.
Other Court Admissions
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern, and Southern Districts of Georgia
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits
- National Labor Relations Board
Greg’s diverse practice cuts across multiple disciplines within the labor & employment law specialty area, but generally can be subdivided into five broad categories:
- Human Resources Advice: counseling companies on best practices for responding to agency investigations (EEOC charges, DOL audits, etc.), advising managers on disciplinary matters, minimizing employment-related exposures by properly responding to adversarial employees, formulating severance strategies, training managers on their employment-related obligations, building and maintaining distinctions between employees vs. independent contractors, and dealing with 3rd party employment/co-employment issues, etc.
- Employment Litigation: assisting companies with state & federal court lawsuits involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, interference with leave entitlements, improper wage payment, denial of benefits, breach of contract, and employment torts (e.g., infliction of emotional distress, defamation, negligent hiring and retention, etc.). Greg has handled dozens of federal court litigation matters over the past 20 years, plus multiple appeals to federal appellate courts, and matters before the United States Supreme Court.
- Traditional Labor: union avoidance, labor arbitrations, collective bargaining, project labor agreements, double-breasted operations, benefit plan contribution disputes, etc., with heavy experience in health care, construction, pulp & paper, transportation, logistics, warehousing and manufacturing sectors.
- Unfair Competition/Business Divorces/Non-Competition Cases: representing companies dealing with the fallout of executive and employee departures, including: enforcement of post-employment restrictive covenants (non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disclosure and non-recruitment clauses); negotiating the value of departing executive’s stake in the business, including fair market valuation disputes; protecting the company’s trade secrets, copyrights and confidential information.
- Franchise/Distributor Disputes: representing companies in disputes with franchisees and distributors, where claims commonly include wrongful termination of relationship, breach of contract, and unfair business practices, allegedly in violation of federal and state statutes.
Industries — Greg’s practices touches a wide array of industries, including: Automotive, Bakery, Banking, Beverage, Biochemical, Construction (residential, commercial, and industrial), Distribution, Education, Energy, Engineering, Food Processing, Food Service, Franchising, Healthcare, High Tech, Hospitality/Hotels, Industrial Equipment, Insurance, IT, Logistics, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Medical Practices, Non-profit and Religious, Pharmaceutical, Poultry, Pulp & Paper, Retail, Software, Staffing, Telecommunications, Transportation, Uniforms, Warehousing.