J. Thomas Kilpatrick - Alston & Bird LLP

J. Thomas Kilpatrick

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001

Tom Kilpatrick is the senior member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group. He has a four-decade track record of winning advocacy in all areas of labor and employment law, having successfully represented employers in 47 different states, before scores of state and federal courts and agencies, seven different U.S. courts of appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

He represents clients in all areas of labor and employment law, including management/union matters, employment discrimination, wage and hour litigation, restrictive covenant matters, affirmative action planning and compliance, and day-to-day advice and consultation.

Tom’s practice is focused in the traditional labor law arena, including union avoidance, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, arbitration, handling picketing and handbilling matters, appearing in unfair labor practice investigations and trials, and in guiding unionized employers in the development of strategies and action plans that minimize the impact of unions.

University of TennesseeBS 1965University of Tennessee College of LawJ.D. 1968
Redeemer Lutheran ChurchChurches Homes Foundation Phoenix Society Kiwanis Club of Northside AtlantaUniversity of Tennessee College of LawGeorgia Chamber of Commerce Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Area Council

Case History

  • Lead counsel in the largest age discrimination collective action in financial services industry history in Washington, D.C.
  • Lead counsel in the decertification of a putative class action brought by more than 300 plaintiffs in Miami, Florida.
  • Lead counsel in defending a nationwide “corporate campaign” by labor unions against a leading industrial and mining company.
  • Arbitrated more than 300 labor cases for employers throughout the United States.

Office Location

One Atlantic Center, Suite 4900
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Atlanta Metro Area
J. Thomas Kilpatrick has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management