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 counseling and litigation in the area of trade secrets, non-competition agreements, restrictive covenants, and independent contractor classification.

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

The clients with whom Joe works cover a broad range of businesses and industries, including grocery, manufacturing, automotive, retail, restaurant, service, real estate, staffing, financial, higher education, and medical.

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

He is also AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers - Rising Stars in 2005 and 2009 and as a Georgia Super Lawyer in2012 to 2015 for his work in employment and labor law.


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


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

Economy Drives Employee Defection Cases
April 24, 2009

Legal Alerts

Dose of Sugar and Spice: Georgia Court Reminds Businesses How They Can Guard Against Unfair Competition
September 21, 2009

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


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 Directors for the National Alumni Association at Oglethorpe University for a number of years and currently serves as the President of the National Alumni Association and a member of the University's Board of Trustees. Joe and his family are members of The Church of the Apostles where Joe participates in the drama team for the elementary school children. Joe is also active in his wife's non-profit prison ministry, HeartBound Ministries, having previously served on the Board of Directors.

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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