Burton F. Dodd: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Burton F. Dodd

Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.
Phone(404) 240-4226

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Retaliation and Wrongful Termination
  • Employment Discrimination and Related Litigation
  • Jury Trials
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Private School Law
  • Education
University University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, B.A., with distinction, 1975
Law SchoolUniversity of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA, J.D., cum laude, 1978
Admitted1978, Virginia; 1982, South Carolina; 1985, Georgia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia; Georgia Supreme Court; South Carolina Supreme Court; Supreme Court of Virginia

Professional Activities
National Association of College and University Attorneys
Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia State Bar AssociationsNational Association of College and University Attorneys
Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia State Bar Associations


Burton Dodd is a partner in the Atlanta office. For more than 30 years he has successfully defended colleges and universities, independent schools, multi-national manufacturers, hospitals, professional medical groups, textile manufacturers, telecommunications corporations, and other employers throughout the United States against claims for employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge brought in federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Burton also has defended employers against claims of disability discrimination, ERISA, FMLA, and FLSA violations, Equal Pay Act violations, and whistle-blower retaliation, as well as against state tort and contract claims.

He has extensive experience in federal and state trial and appellate courts. Burton participates in the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and a major underwriter of employment practices liability insurance for higher education had designated him as outside employment counsel for its insured universities, colleges, and independent schools.

He is a member of the firm's Education Practice Group and of the School and College Law Section of the Georgia Bar.

Burton is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed inThe Best Lawyers in Americasince 2010.

Newsletter Articles

Dear Colleague . . .
October 1, 2012


University of Virginia Alumni Association
Virginia Athletics Foundation
University of Richmond Law School Association (Director, 1999-2002)

Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Defeat Single Plaintiff's Attempt to Certify FCRA Class Action; Appellate Confirmation that Clark Atlanta University Has No Legal Obligation to Pay Bonuses; Reported Cases; Sitton v. Print Direction, Inc., 312 Ga. App. 365, 718 S.E.2d 532 (2011); Cox v. Altus Healthcare and Hospice, Inc., 308 Ga. App. 28, 706 S.E.2d 660 (2011); Moeti v. Clark Atlanta University, 282 Ga. 164, 646 S.E.2d 265 (2007); Majeed v. Randall, 279 Ga. App. 679, 632 S.E.2d 413 (2006); Bota v. Clark Atlanta University, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72698 (N.D. Ga. 2006); Ellison v. Auburn University at Montgomery, 2006 WL 3292714 (M. D. Ala. November 13, 2006); Morris v. The Emory Clinic, Inc., 402 F.3d 1076 (11th Cir. 2005); Johnson v. Morehouse College, 199 F. Supp. 2d 1345 (N.D. Ga. 2002); Eckhardt v. Yerkes Regional Primate Center, 254 Ga. App. 38, 561 S.E.2d 164 (2002); Murtagh v. Emory University, 152 F. Supp. 2d 1356 (N.D. Ga. 2001); Cruet v. Emory University, 85 F. Supp. 2d 1353 (N.D. Ga. 2000); Shah v. Clark Atlanta University, Inc., 78 EPD 40,024 (N. D. Ga. 1999), 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2207; Griffis v. The Carter Center, Inc., 76 FEP Cases 959 (N.D. Ga. 1998); Chawla v. Emory University, 1997 WL 907570 (N. D. Ga. 1997); Whitehead v. Miller Brewing Co., 126 F.R.D. 581 (M.D. Ga. 1989); EEOC v. Emory University, 47 FEP Cases 642 (N.D. Ga. 1988); McLaren v. Emory University, 705 F. Supp. 563 (N.D. Ga. 1988)

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Burton F. Dodd

1075 Peachtree Street, NE
AtlantaGA 30309


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