Mr. Van Dyke litigates all types of employment law claims, including claims alleging sexual harassment, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, age discrimination, race, color, and national origin discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, and state tort issues in federal and state courts and in arbitration. His practice includes single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, class and collective action cases and EEOC pattern and practice cases.
Mr. Van Dyke also regularly advises companies on a wide range of labor and employment law issues, including wage and hour, disability leave management, background checks, employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, and other human resources policies and procedures. He is a frequent speaker before business and employer associations on these topics. Mr. Van Dyke has conducted more than twenty webinars and presentations in the last few years on many topics, including: “Practical Guidance on Employment Law Compliance,” “10 Most Common FLSA Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them,” “Practical Guidance on Wage and Hour Compliance: What Do You Really Need to Know?,” “Top Ten Questions Employers Ask,” “Employment and Regulatory Enforcement Activity is Underway: Are You Ready?,” “Social Networking Rights,” “Unintended Consequences of Employment Laws,” and “Understanding Georgia’s New Non-Compete Law.”
Mr. Van Dyke regularly represents professional employer organizations and staffing companies throughout the United States. He is a member of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (“NAPEO”) and the American Staffing Association (“ASA”). Mr. Van Dyke is co-chair of the Firm’s HR Outsourcing Industry Group, which specializes in labor and employment law issues that impact PEOs, staffing firms and similar businesses.Mr. Van Dyke has extensive experience representing employment practices liability insurance (“EPLI”) carriers and defending their insureds in various legal matters. He has coordinated the defense of EPLI claims on a national level and a local level. He has also conducted training for underwriters and claims examiners on various employment law topics, including claims handling and processing, retaliation, and wage and hour.
Mr. Van Dyke also has significant experience prosecuting and defending claims for injunctive relief and monetary damages involving trade secrets, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and non-disclosure agreements. In 2012, Mr. Van Dyke conducted training about Georgia’s new Restrictive Covenants Act for the Georgia Superior Court Judges Annual Summer Seminar that was held in Athens, Georgia.
Mr. Van Dyke is a member of the Georgia State Bar. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court; Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals; the Georgia Supreme Court; the Georgia Court of Appeals; the United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia; and all State Courts of Georgia.Mr. Van Dyke received his A.B., cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1991. He earned his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University School of Law in 1995.
Mr. Van Dyke serves as a board member for MUST Ministries. Founded in 1971, MUST serves the basic needs of individuals, families, and children in the Marietta, Smyrna and Canton/Cherokee county communities in the metropolitan Atlanta area.