Justin R. Barnes

Justin R. Barnes: Attorney with Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Principal at Jackson Lewis P.C. (899 Attorneys)
  • 1155 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA 30309-3600
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Justin R. Barnes is a Principal in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies on a variety of labor and employment related issues, including collective and class action wage and hour disputes, labor arbitrations, allegations of discrimination, and employment-related contract disputes.

Mr. Barnes’ practice is focused primarily on defending complex wage and hour class and collective actions in state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Barnes has recently assisted clients in defending state and federal wage and hour claims in Georgia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New York, North Carolina, Illinois, Missouri, and Florida, among others.

Mr. Barnes frequently speaks on a variety of workplace related issues, including wage and hour compliance, electronic discovery, and social media.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis in 2009, Mr. Barnes clerked for a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, in Atlanta, Georgia from 2007 to 2009.

While attending law school, Mr. Barnes was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Journal and the Moot Court Board. He also served as a teaching assistant and writing fellow, teaching legal research and writing to first and second-year law students.

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January 9, 2017

Justin Barnes Comments on Labor Secretary Nominee's Compliance Record

Justin Barnes comments on Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder's compliance record as CEO at CKE Restaurants in Puzder's Qualifications for Secretary of Labor Challenged, published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article


April 2, 2019

Department of Labor Proposes Amended Regulations Concerning FLSA’s ‘Regular Rate’

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the regulations governing the calculation of the regular rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA generally requires employers to pay non-exempt employees overtime pay at one-and-one-half times their “regular rate” for all hours...

February 26, 2019

Class Action Trends Report Winter 2019

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Are You My Employee? - Distinguishing independent contractors and employees Prevention Pointer - Is an “independent contract” enough?...

December 12, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Fall 2018

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Are you my employer? A patchwork of tests Only in California Prevention pointer Other class action developments


Wage and Hour
Refinery Workers’ Pre-Shift Wait Time Not Compensable, Fifth Circuit Holds
November 27, 2017

Concluding that the unstructured time spent by the plaintiffs between arriving at the oil refinery and the beginning of their shifts was not “integral and indispensable” to their duties erecting scaffolds at the refinery, the Fifth Circuit held that this time was not compensable under the FLSA. Bridges v. Empire Scaffold, LLC, 2017 U.S.

By Jeffrey W. Brecher and Justin R. Barnes

Wage and Hour
DOL Confirms New Overtime Rule Coming
October 30, 2017

The U.S.

By Jeffrey W. Brecher and Justin R. Barnes

Wage and Hour
DOL Confirms to OMB It Will Reverse Course on Yet Another Controversial Regulation, New Rule Will Reduce Restrictions on Tip Sharing
October 25, 2017

In recent years, one significant issue that has plagued industries employing tipped employees is whether the employers must ensure that tipped employees retain all of their tips even if the company is not using the employee’s tips to satisfy part of the minimum wage pursuant to the FLSA’s “tip credit” provision, 29 U.S.C. 203(m). The...

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Areas of Practice (5)

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Hospitality
  • Retail and Consumer Goods

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
404-586-1809  Phone
(404) 525-1173  Fax
University Attended:
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Physics
Law School Attended:
Wake Forest University, J.D., cum laude, 2007; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barristers; Minor in Public Policy, magna cum laude, 2003
Year of First Admission:
2009, Georgia - N.D. Ga.; 2012, Illinois - C.D. Ill.; 2014, Tennessee - E.D. Tenn.; 2014, Tennessee - M.D. Tenn.; 2014, Tennessee W.D. Tenn.; 2015, Georgia - M.D. Ga.; 2016, Arkansas - W.D. Ark.; 2007, Georgia; 2011, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; 2014, Tennessee; 2016, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; 2019, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals; 2016, Arkansas - E.D. Ark.; 2013, Georgia - S.D. Ga.
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