Sarah H. Lamar: Lawyer with HunterMaclean

Sarah H. Lamar

Partner
Savannah,  GA  U.S.A.
Phone912.236.0261

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Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • ERISA & Employee Benefits
  • Logistics
  • Government Relations
  • Immigration
 
Mailing AddressP.O. Box 9848, Savannah, GA, 31412-0048
 
University Yale University, B.A., History, 1988
 
Law SchoolEmory University School of Law, J.D., 1991
 
Admitted1991, Georgia; 1992, District of Columbia
 
Memberships 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals: Member of the Bar
Middle, Northern, and Southern Districts of Georgia: Member of the Bar
Northern District of Florida: Member of the Bar
Georgia Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
ALFA International: Board of Directors, Past Chair, 2009-2011; Employment Practice Group Steering Committee; Women's Initiative Practice Group, Founding Chair
Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
Savannah Bar Association
Emory Law Alumni Association Board: Past Member
Georgia Legal Services Program: Board of Directors, Past Member
Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia Law Journal: Editorial Board, Past Member
Society for Human Resource Management: State Government Affairs Council, Co-Chair

 
Born1966
 
Biography

Sarah Lamar is a partner in the Firm's Savannah office and practices in the area of employment law. Sarah has experience representing employers in employment litigation in state and federal courts regarding discrimination and employment laws such as Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act, among others. She also represents employers in breach of contract actions, including non-competes and tort claims, and in agency investigations brought by the U.S. and Georgia Departments of Labor, the EEOC, OFCCP, and U.S. ICE. She conducts in-house training for employers and advises clients on a variety of human resource issues, including their federal affirmative action and immigration law obligations.

Sarah is admitted to the bars of Georgia and the District of Columbia. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia; the Northern District of Florida; and the District of Maryland. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Savannah Bar Association. She was previously chair of ALFA International, a global legal networking organization. She also serves on ALFA International's Employment Practice Group Steering Committee.

Sarah is co-author of the article “Interest Arbitration: Public and Private Sector,” published in the Wiley Employment Law Update by John Wiley & Sons (1994), and is a contributing author to the Employment Discrimination Law 1998 and 2000 Supplements. She is also a past member of the editorial board of the Georgia Bar Journal and has given numerous seminar presentations to businesses and human resource professionals on employment law, including Title VII, harassment, ADA, ADEA, reductions-in-force, FLSA, federal and state leave laws, privacy, defamation, workplace violence, and immigration law.

She received her B.A. in History from Yale University in 1988 and her J.D. from Emory University in 1991. At Emory, she served as senior notes and comment editor for the Emory International Law Review. Following law school, Sarah was a law clerk from 1991 to 1992 for the Honorable Richard B. Kellam, Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS
•McKee et al. v. Citi Trends, Inc. (4-CV-982, M.D. Alabama): Favorable settlement of FLSA collective action.
•Old Town Trolley Tours Of Savannah, Inc. v. Jay Womble, Old Savannah Tours, LLC, and Coastline Travel, Inc. (6-2060-KA, Superior Court of Chatham County): Enforcement of restrictive covenant through obtaining injunctive relief and settlement with favorable terms.
•Clark v. St. Joseph's/Candler Health Systems, Inc. & The Matthew Reardon Center, Inc.: Summary judgment granted to Matthew Reardon Center on race/sex harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims, affirmed by the 11th Circuit 2007, cert. denied.
•Glisson v. Global Security Services, LLC (287 Ga. App. 640 2007): Struck down restrictive covenant, which lacked adequate consideration.

SPOTLIGHT

Flying High: Firm Protects Gulfstream's Dispute Resolution Policy

One of Savannah's largest employers, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world's most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. HunterMaclean attorneys have worked with Gulfstream since it first moved to Savannah in 1967 with the encouragement and support of the late Malcolm R. Maclean, then a HunterMaclean partner and former Savannah mayor.

Recognition

Best Lawyers in America: Labor and Employment Law, 2010-2015

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

Georgia Super Lawyers: 2005

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

PUBLICATIONS

President Obama's executive order on immigration: Part 2 of 2

Sarah Lamar continues her discussion on President Obama's executive order on immigration in Part 2 of this two-part series for the Savannah Morning News. In Part 2, she explores the elements of the new immigration plan that relate to businesses and high-skilled workers in particular.

President Obama's executive order on immigration: Part 1 of 2

In Part 1 of this two-part column, attorney Sarah Lamar reviews the provisions of President Obama's new immigration plan, which will allow up to 5 million undocumented aliens to remain and work in the United States by deferring their deportations for three years at a time.

An Overview of Obama's Executive Order on Immigration

When President Obama announced his executive order on immigration in November 2014, the broad outline he presented raised many questions. This article by attorney Sarah Lamar is an overview of a two-part series in Savannah Morning News, detailing the upcoming changes and how they could impact businesses.

Employment Law Legislative Update Third Quarter 2014

Attorney Sarah Lamar discusses recent changes in employment law in her third quarterly legislative update for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Employment Law Legislative Update Second Quarter 2014

Sarah Lamar gives an overview of recent changes in employment law in her second quarterly legislative update for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Employment Law Legislative Update First Quarter 2014

In her first quarterly legislative update of 2014 for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Sarah Lamar gives an overview of recent changes in employment law.

Employment Law Legislative Update Fourth Quarter 2013

In her fourth quarterly legislative update for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Sarah Lamar discusses recent changes in employment law.

Third Quarterly Legislative Update: 2013

Sarah Lamar discusses recent changes in employment law in her third quarterly legislative update for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

New Immigration Laws Affect Local Employers

Sarah Lamar discusses the impact of new immigration legislation on area employers.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Controversial Poster Requirement

HunterMaclean partner Sarah Lamar discusses the recent appeals court ruling that the NLRB cannot require employers to display posters informing workers about their right to form a union and collectively bargain.

Second Quarterly Legislative Update: 2013

In her second quarterly update for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Sarah Lamar discusses recent changes in employment law.

NLRB Posting Requirements Are Delayed Yet Again

By Sarah H. Lamar, published on March 7, 2012, in Business in Savannah.

When Congress enacted the National Labor and Relations Act (NLRA) in the 1930s to protect the rights of employees and employers from certain private sector labor and management practices that were damaging to the general welfare of workers, businesses and the U.S economy, it could not have foreseen the political volley the Act has become today, with opposing forces scrambling for leverage.

Georgia's New Restrictive Covenant Law: Third Time's The Charm

By Sarah H. Lamar, published on June 29, 2011, in Business in Savannah.

Until recently, Georgia has been considered “unfriendly” to restrictive covenants as they related to employment. Such covenants include non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements.

During the 2009 legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 173 in an effort to broaden the reach of restrictive covenants and make them more enforceable in the state. The law was contingent upon the passage of a constitutional amendment.

Final GINA Regulations Now in Effect

By Sarah H. Lamar, published on February 16, 2011, in Business in Savannah.

According to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), “experts predict that the twenty-first century will see tremendous strides in the new field of genomic medicine, bringing it into mainstream medical practice.”

As the number of genetic tests have increased, specifically for individuals testing to see if they are at risk for developing a specific disease or disorder, so do concerns of the general public about whether they may be at risk of losing access to health coverage or employment if both insurers and employers have their genetic information.

Voice of Experience: Sarah Lamar, Partner, HunterMaclean and President of ALFA International

Benefit Packages Gain Importance in the Current Economic Climate

By Sarah H. Lamar, published on December 2, 2009, in Savannah Business Journal.

The current economic climate has largely halted the luxury of shopping around for a job. In fact, during the recession, most employees are ranking their monetary needs according to basic necessities, including the value of a good benefits package. While compensation is of obvious importance, benefits are increasingly becoming an extra consideration in the pursuit of financial viability.

“The trend has shifted the responsibility of planning, preparing, and funding a typical employer defined benefits type plan to 401(k) type plans, or contribution plans,” said Jim LaHaise, executive vice president and chief banking officer at The Coastal Bank. “A change in the business model and the transition to today's highly portable employee has contributed to this current trend in 401(k), IRA's, and rollover plans.”

Avoiding Unlawful Harassment in the Workplace

By Sarah H. Lamar, published on February 2, 2007, in Coastal Hospitality Industry News Brief.

Family and Medical Leave: 2007 FMLA Update - How to Handle Leave Requests Effectively and Reduce Your Legal Risks

By Sarah H. Lamar, published on February 1, 2007, in Business & Legal Reports.

Supreme Court Weighs Meaning of Retaliation

By Sarah H. Lamar, published on January 9, 2006, in The Business Report & Journal.

The Americans Disabilities Act Can Affect Your Business

By Sarah H. Lamar, published on December 6, 1999, in The Business Report & Journal.

Business owners not currently employing disabled individuals may think the American Disabilities Act should be of little concern to them. However, employers should be aware of changes and requirements of the Act that could indeed impact many of their hiring, tiring and promotion practices.

Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)in 1990 to eliminate discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The ADA broadly impacts the relationship between employers and their employees. Although the ADA was modeled closely on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which still applies to entities receiving federal financial assistance, the reach of the ADA is much broader. The ADA has three main sections or “titles” - Title I prohibits discrimination by employers; Title II prohibits discrimination by public agencies; and Title III prohibits discrimination by “public accommodations,” such as stores, theaters, and restaurants.

PRESENTATIONS

Brunswick Chamber Lunch and Learn: Legal Checklist for Success as You Grow Your Business

Pre-Employment Screening and Behavior Forecasting: Risk Avoidance or Exposure to New Risk?

Sarah H. Lamar and Carson Bacon Penney participated as panelists in this ALFA International webinar on June 4, 2014.

Employment Law: Beyond the Basics

A Sterling Education seminar presented by Wade Herring, Shawn Kachmar, Sarah Lamar, and Rebecca Sczepanski on June 3, 2014, in Savannah, Georgia.

Live or Die - Summary Judgment, Motions to Dismiss, and Other Procedural Issues in Labor and Employment Litigation

Presented by Sarah H. Lamar at Nuts and Bolts of Labor and Employment Law, a seminar by the labor and employment law section of the Georgia Bar, on November 12, 2013.

Preparing for an OFCCP Audit

Presented at the Economic Research Services Annual Affirmative Action seminar in Orlando, Florida, on April 19, 2013, by Sarah H. Lamar .

FMLA / ADA / Workers Comp

Presented by Sarah H. Lamar at the HR Issues in the Workplace: First Time Supervisors training seminar sponsored by the Liberty & Long Country Employer Committee in Walthourville, Georgia, on October 24, 2012.

Employee Leave Issues

Presented by Sarah H. Lamar at the HR Issues in the Workplace: First Time Supervisors training seminar sponsored by the Liberty & Long Country Employer Committee in Walthourville, Georgia, on October 24, 2012.

Internal Investigations

Presented by Sarah H. Lamar at the HR Issues in the Workplace: First Time Supervisors training seminar sponsored by the Liberty & Long Country Employer Committee in Walthourville, Georgia, on October 24, 2012.

Leave and Anti-Discrimination Laws

Presented at the Employment Law Update in Georgia seminar in Savannah, Georgia, on October 23, 2012, by Sarah H. Lamar .

Immigration Issues

Presented at the Employment Law Update in Georgia seminar in Savannah, Georgia, on October 23, 2012, by Sarah H. Lamar .

Workplace Implications of Social Media

A seminar given by Sarah H. Lamar at the Savannah Area Tourism and Leadership Council (TLC) in Savannah, Georgia, on September 26, 2012.

Georgia Southern University Continuing Education Series

Sarah H. Lamar participated as a presenter.

Employee Leaves: How to Handle the Common Time-Off Scenarios that Come Up Again and Again

A webinar given by Sarah H. Lamar, sponsored by BLR (Business & Legal Resources) on June 28, 2010.

The NLRB and Labor Law: What All Employers Need to Know Now

A tele-seminar given by Sarah H. Lamar, sponsored by ALFA International on June 5, 2012.

Federal and Georgia Immigration Challenges for Public Employers

Presented for Clerks of Court in Richmond Hill, Georgia, on November 15, 2011, by Sarah H. Lamar .

Political Boot Camp

Presented for Georgia State SHRM conference on August 30, 2011, by Sarah H. Lamar .

ALFA International Client Seminars

Sarah H. Lamar spoke on the panels for sexual harassment (2000), employment litigation discovery (2006), ADEA (2007 and 2009), EPLI insurance (2008), and immigration law (2010).

Post-Layoff Dangers: Easing the Transition for Laid-Off Employees

A webinar given by Sarah H. Lamar, sponsored by BLR (Business & Legal Resources) on August 17, 2009.

Georgia Board of Workers' Compensation 2002 Annual Educational Seminar

Sarah H. Lamar participated as a presenter.

News

HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected For The Best Lawyers in America 2015

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 22 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015.

HunterMaclean Announces Strategic Alliance with Hughes Public Affairs

HunterMaclean announces a strategic alliance with Hughes Public Affairs, a public affairs firm in Atlanta and Savannah.

25 HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2014

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

Sarah H. Lamar Named Co-Chair of Georgia Society of Human Resource Management Governmental Affairs Committee

Partner Sarah L. Lamar recently joined the Georgia SHRM's Governmental Affairs Committee, which raises awareness of new laws, regulations and legislative initiatives across Georgia.

28 HunterMaclean Attorneys Among 'Best'

HunterMaclean, a business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, has announced that 28 lawyers from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.

Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2012

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, recently honored a record 23 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers.

“We are delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year's Best Lawyers in America list,” said Frank S. Macgill, HunterMaclean's managing partner. “This honor reflects hard work on the part of the firm's partners and associates.”

Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2011

The Best Lawyers in America for 2011, a confidential peer-review survey, recently honored a record 28 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers. Last year, 20 attorneys at HunterMaclean earned this top honor.

“We're delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year's Best Lawyers in America list,” said Frank S. Macgill, HunterMaclean's managing partner. “Our attorneys work hard for our clients and it shows.”

Attorney Briefs: Sarah Lamar

Sarah H. Lamar, a partner at HunterMaclean in Savannah, Georgia, was elected chair of ALFA International.

Voice of Experience: Sarah Lamar

The Glass Hammer's Voices of Experience Series recently featured Sarah Lamar, a partner at Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C. and President of ALFA International, a global legal networking organization.

HunterMaclean Attorney Sarah H. Lamar Elected Chair of ALFA International

HunterMaclean partner Sarah H. Lamar was recently elected chair of ALFA International, one of the largest legal networks in the world, at the organization's annual meeting in Chicago. She recently completed a two-year term as vice chair and has previously served on ALFA International's Board of Directors and the Employment Practice Group Steering Committee.

Record Number of HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America for 2010

The Best Lawyers in America for 2010, a confidential peer-review survey, recently honored a record 20 HunterMaclean attorneys by including them on this prestigious list of leading lawyers. Last year, 18 attorneys at HunterMaclean earned this top honor.

“We are delighted to have a record number of attorneys from our firm featured on this year's Best Lawyers in America list,” said John M. Tatum, HunterMaclean's managing partner. “Our attorneys work hard for our clients and it shows.”

Supreme Court Weighs Meaning of Retaliation

By Sarah H. Lamar, published on January 9, 2006, in The Business Report & Journal.

CLERKSHIPS

U.S. District Court: Eastern District of Virginia, The Honorable Richard B. Kellam

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors; Executive Committee
Visit Savannah: Board of Directors; Executive Committee, Chair-Elect
Leadership Savannah: Class of 2000-2002
Savannah Area Tourism Leadership Council: Board of Directors; Executive Committee, Past Member
Historic Savannah Foundation: Board of Trustees, Secretary
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.: Board of Directors, Past Member

 
Reported CasesRepresentative Engagements: McKee et al. v. Citi Trends, Inc. (4-CV-982, M.D. Alabama): Favorable settlement of FLSA collective action. Old Town Trolley Tours Of Savannah, Inc. v. Jay Womble, Old Savannah Tours, LLC, and Coastline Travel, Inc. (6-2060-KA, Superior Court of Chatham County): Enforcement of restrictive covenant through obtaining injunctive relief and settlement with favorable terms. Clark v. St. Joseph's/Candler Health Systems, Inc. & The Matthew Reardon Center, Inc.: Summary judgment granted to Matthew Reardon Center on race/sex harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims, affirmed by the 11th Circuit 2007, cert. denied. Glisson v. Global Security Services, LLC (287 Ga. App. 640 2007): Struck down restrictive covenant, which lacked adequate consideration.
 
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