Joseph P. Shelton: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Joseph P. Shelton

Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.
Phone(404) 240-4259

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Retaliation and Wrongful Termination Defense
  • Non-Competition Agreements
  • Restrictive Covenants
University Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA, B.A., 1991
Law SchoolUniversity of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN, J.D., magna cum laude, 1995
Admitted1995, Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth 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; Georgia Supreme Court; Georgia Court of Appeals

Joe Shelton is a partner in the Atlanta office. His practice focuses on the defense of employment discrimination claims in trial and appellate courts, as well as litigation in the area of employee defection issues (e.g., trade secrets and restrictive covenants).

Joe also frequently advises employers with all aspects of state and federal employment laws, assists employers in drafting employment agreements, restrictive covenants, personnel policies, and separation agreements, and conducts interactive and engaging training on topics such as employment law compliance and avoidance of harassment claims.

He is also AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected for inclusion as a Georgia Super Lawyer in 2012 to 2015 and as a Georgia Super Lawyers - Rising Star in 2005 and 2009 for his work in employment and labor law.

Joe was a member of the 2011 and 2012 Employment Law360 editorial advisory board.


From Hire to Fire and All Points Between
November 20, 2014

Economy Drives Employee Defection Cases
April 24, 2009


4th Annual Southeastern Employment Law Certificate Series 2015
September 25, 2015

2015 Human Resources and Employment Law Briefing - September
September 22, 2015

2015 Human Resources & Employment Law Briefing
April 30, 2015

2014 HR Symposium & Vendor Fair - SHRM - Columbus Area Chapter
October 23, 2014

Metro Atlanta Chamber Employment Law & HR Seminar Series
May 20, 2014

Sex, Lies & Investigate This - Atlanta, GA
September 13, 2013

Labor & Employment Law Update: Adapting to a Rapidly Changing Legal Landscape - Atlanta, GA
September 11, 2012


Joe is active in a number of activities within the community. He has served on the Board of Trustees at Oglethorpe University for a number of years and previously served as the President of the National Alumni Association. Joe currently sits on the University of Tennessee Law Alumni Council. Joe has also been active in his wife's non-profit prison ministry, HeartBound Ministries, having previously served on the Board of Directors and led a book club for juvenile offenders at Burress Correctional Prison.


Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Named to 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers List
February 20, 2015

Quotes and Soundbites

Be Careful With BYOD
October 6, 2014

Nondisparagement Safeguards Seen as Vital To Protecting Employers' Long-Term Interests
April 9, 2012

Newsletter Articles

Slumping Economy Drives Employee-Defection Lawsuits
June 1, 2009

Reported CasesRepresentative Work: Affirmation of Summary Judgment in Breach of Contract and Wrongful Dissolution of Partnership Case; $1.5 Million Verdict in a Breach of Duty of Loyalty Case; Reported Cases: Cordray v. 135-80 Travel Plaza, Inc., 356 F. Supp. 2d 1011 (D. Neb. 2005); Chamberlin v. Buick Youngstown Co., 2003 Ohio 3486 (Ohio Ct. App. 2003); Lewis v. Waste Mgmt. of Miss., Inc., 148 F. Supp. 2d 726 (S.D. Miss. 2001)

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Joseph P. Shelton

1075 Peachtree Street, NE
AtlantaGA 30309


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