J. Thomas "Tom" Kilpatrick

J. Thomas "Tom" Kilpatrick


Alston & Bird LLP

Recognized since 2003

Atlanta, Georgia

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Labor Law - Management
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Employment Law - Management
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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.

Location

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

Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law , JD, graduated 1968
  • University of Tennessee, BS, graduated 1965

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, State Bar of Georgia
  • Tennessee, Tennessee Bar Association

Affiliations

  • Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Area Council - General Counsel
  • Churches Homes Foundation - Board of Directors/Chairman/President
  • Georgia Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors
  • Kiwanis Club of Northside Atlanta - Board of Directors/Past President
  • Phoenix Society - Board of Directors/Past Chairman
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church - Church Council
  • University of Tennessee College of Law - Board of Visitors/Deans’ Circle

Alston & Bird LLP
Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia

240 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

99 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Employment Law - Management

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Labor Law - Management, Atlanta (2023)
  • Employment Law - Management, Atlanta (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management

Special Focus

  • Litigation
  • Management

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Experience

  • 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.

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