Richard W. Black

Richard W. Black


Recognized since 2021

Atlanta, Georgia

Practice Areas

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Rich Black is co-chair of Littler’s Class Action Practice Group, and has represented employers in some of the largest and most significant class and collective action employment lawsuits in the country for nearly 25 years. Rich’s experience handling class and collective matters spans the wage and hour, employment discrimination, and ERISA breach of fiduciary duty areas across the retail, technology, financial services, computer services, communications, energy, pharmaceutical, construction, hospitality, travel, and transportation industries.

Rich has specific knowledge and experience in issues relating to class/collective action certification and decertification under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 and Section 216(b) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the use of statistical analysis and "social science" expert testimony in single plaintiff, multiplaintiff and class action employment discrimination matters, and the enforcement of class and collective action waivers and arbitration agreements. Rich has also briefed appellate issues relating to, among other things, class certification and breach of fiduciary duty issues, including before the United States Supreme Court.

Rich’s recent class and collective action experience includes:

  • Successfully obtaining the decertification of a conditionally certified putative FLSA collective consisting of more than 400,000 independent contractors on behalf of a national financial services company
  • Defeating plaintiffs’ motion to conditionally certify an FLSA collective of hundreds of distribution center managers on behalf a national retailer
  • Defeating plaintiffs’ motion to conditionally certify an FLSA collective of thousands of merchandisers on behalf of a national sales, marketing and merchandising company

In addition to representing employers in class and/or collective action litigation and other complex employment litigation, Rich regularly appears in state and federal courts, and before federal and state government agencies, including the Department of Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in single plaintiff and multiplaintiff matters related to:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Title VII
  • The Equal Pay Act (EPA)
  • State and local anti-discrimination and equal pay statutes

Rich’s practice also focuses on advising employers with respect to compliance measures that reduce wage and hour disputes and other employment-related issues.

Rich was one of four Littler attorneys responsible for the creation and development of the Littler Xmpt Toolkit, which was recognized in December 2016 by the Financial Times with a commendation in its North America Innovative Lawyers awards.

While attending the University of Iowa College of Law, Rich served as managing editor of the Iowa Law Review.

  • 3424 Peachtree Road NE
    Suite 1200, Monarch Tower
    Atlanta, GA 30326
  • The University of Iowa, J.D., graduated 1996
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia, State Bar of Georgia, 2017
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar, 2001

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

233 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

189 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management


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