Sarah H. Lamar

Sarah H. Lamar: Attorney with HunterMaclean
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  • 200 E. Saint Julian Street, Savannah, GA 31401
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Biography

Experience

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, and serves on ALFA International’s Employment Practice Group Steering Committee. Sarah is also the chair of the Government Affairs Committee for the Georgia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and speaks around the state on legislative issues affecting the workplace.

Sarah has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer and one of the Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment Law. The highly competitive Chambers USA legal directory highlighted Sarah in its Georgia Employment Law rankings.

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.

Community Involvement

Georgia Chamber HR Council: Vice Chair, 2017-Present

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Past Member

Visit Savannah: Board of Directors, Chair; Executive Committee

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, 2016-2017

Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc.: Board of Directors, Past Member

Clerkships

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

Recognition

Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Employment Law

Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America.

Best Lawyers in America: Labor and Employment Law, 2010-2019

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 & 2018

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.

Community STAR: 2016

The Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council honored HunterMaclean attorney Sarah Lamar at the 2016 Tribute to Community STARS. The event recognizes individuals for their service and dedication at work or in the community.

Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

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Publications & Presentations

Publications

It’s the Holidays: Let’s Talk about Harassment

Employment attorney Sarah Lamar discusses sexual harassment pitfalls in the workplace during the holiday season.

Federal Contractor Affirmative Action Requirements: Are You Keeping Up?

If your business contracts with the federal government, or if you contract with another company that does business with the federal government, you may have affirmative action obligations under a number of federal laws. Sarah Lamar explains further in her article for Business in Savannah.

Employment Law Legislative Update First Quarter 2016

In her first quarter legislative update of 2016 for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), HunterMaclean partner Sarah Lamar highlights recent changes in employment law.

Employment Law Legislative Update Fourth Quarter 2015

HunterMaclean attorney Sarah Lamar highlights recent changes in employment law in her fourth quarter legislative update of 2015 for the Society for Human Resource Management .

Employment Law Legislative Update Third Quarter 2015

HunterMaclean partner Sarah Lamar discusses recent changes in employment law in her third quarterly legislative update of 2015 for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

The NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision Impacts All Employers

After many months of speculation, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has expanded the definition of “joint employer” under the federal labor laws. Attorney Sarah Lamar discusses how the new standard applies to businesses in this article for the Savannah Morning News.

The Top Five Self-Audits Every Employer Should Perform

By Sarah H. Lamar, published in the September/October 2015 issue of The Georgia Contractor .

Employment Law Legislative Update Second Quarter 2015

HunterMaclean partner Sarah Lamar discusses recent changes in employment law in her second quarterly legislative update of 2015 for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Employment Law Legislative Update First Quarter 2015

Attorney Sarah Lamar highlights recent changes in employment law in her 2015 first quarterly legislative update for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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.

Videos & Podcasts

Podcasts

Podcast: Sarah Lamar Discusses Sexual Harassment and #MeToo: Advice to Project Managers

On June 19, 2018, Sarah Lamar was the guest on a regular podcast conducted by Velociteach, a continuing education company for project managers across different industries.

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.

News

23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2019

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019. Best Lawyers is an annual publication that recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

HunterMaclean Listed in Prestigious Chambers USA 2018 Guide

HunterMaclean was ranked again this year in the exclusive Chambers USA 2018 . Chambers guides are trusted across the globe to objectively rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms.

Eighteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of thirteen HunterMaclean attorneys as 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2018 Rising Stars.

Savannah CEO: Leadership Southeast Announces 2018 Class

HunterMaclean attorney Sarah Lamar has been selected to participate in the 2018 class of Leadership Southeast Georgia. The five-month program is designed to grow and inspire engaged community leaders to improve the overall quality of life in our area.

23 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2018

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys from the firm were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018. Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys for significant achievements in their area of practice.

HunterMaclean Listed in Prestigious Chambers USA 2017 Guide

HunterMaclean was recognized again this year in the exclusive Chambers USA 2017 . Chambers guides are the result of thousands of in-depth interviews by the largest research team of its kind. HunterMaclean is the only Savannah law firm to be ranked by Chambers USA.

21 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 21 attorneys were recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017. Best Lawyers, which is published annually in almost 70 countries, recognizes attorneys for outstanding achievements in their area of practice.

HunterMaclean Listed in Prestigious Chambers USA Guide 2016

Three practice areas and four attorneys were recently ranked in the exclusive Chambers USA 2016 . HunterMaclean is the only law firm in Savannah to be ranked by Chambers USA.

BiS: Sarah Lamar honored as Savannah Tech Community Star

Savannah Tech honored HunterMaclean partner Sarah Lamar at its annual Tribute to Community STARS on Friday. The event, now in its tenth year, honors individuals nominated for their service and dedication at work or in the community.

20 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

HunterMaclean Law Firm Ranked in Prestigious Chambers USA Guide 2015

HunterMaclean has been ranked in the Chambers USA Guide 2015, an exclusive annual listing of top law firms and lawyers in the United States. Chambers & Partners is widely considered the authority on rankings in the legal profession across the world.

Visit Savannah exceeds 2014 goals, looks to sustain tourism gains, names Sarah Lamar as board chair

HunterMaclean partner Sarah H. Lamar was named the new board chair of Visit Savannah at its first board meeting of the year. Visit Savannah is the destination marketing organization charged with promoting the Hostess City to travelers.

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.

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.

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.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Employment
  • Entertainment and Media
  • ERISA & Employee Benefits
  • Government Relations
  • Immigration
  • Logistics

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
912.236.0261  Phone
912.236.4936  Fax
www.huntermaclean.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 9848, Savannah, GA 31401
University Attended:
Yale University, B.A., History, 1988
Law School Attended:
Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1991
Year of First Admission:
1991
Admission:
1991, Georgia; 1992, District of Columbia
Memberships:

Professional Affiliations

International Association of Defense Counsel

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 for 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, Chair

Birth Information:
1966
Reported Cases:
Representative Engagements: Sarah Lamar and Wade Herring represented a Methodist church in an ADA case brought by a former employee of the church, claiming that the church and the church conference discriminated against him on the basis of his HIV status. The former employee sued the church and the conference in federal court. Wade and Sarah filed a motion for summary judgment at the beginning of the case asking the Court to dismiss the case as a matter of law. The motion was primarily based upon the ministerial exception to federal employment discrimination laws which arises out of the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause. In response to the motion, the employee dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice.; 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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900891784
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