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William Melvin Haas III

William Melvin Haas III

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Mel Haas is an equity partner of Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLP and head of the Macon office. Constangy Brooks & Smith has over 100 labor and employment lawyers nationwide.  Mel has practiced management labor law for over 40 years, including 2 years as a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board and 2 years as in-house counsel for a major corporation.  Some of Mel’s noted accomplishments include: Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow of the American Bar Association,  AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated By Martindale-Hubbell,Vice-Chair of the Labor Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Boards of Directors for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Employers’ Association, and the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce.  He is also Immediate Past President of the Georgia Defense Lawyers’ Association.  He is a Georgia Super Lawyer, has been recognized in the publication Best Lawyers in America, and has been recognized  by Labor Relations Institute and the Human Resources Executive Magazine several times as one of the “Top 10 Most Powerful Labor Attorneys” in the United States.  He is also a former Chapter Editor to the Developing Labor Law, BNA.   


A noted author and speaker, Mel has successfully handled over 150 elections, (five of which involved units of over 1500 employees), hundreds of campaigns, numerous arbitrations, NLRB trials, appeals, and oral arguments before the United States Courts of Appeals.  Mel has also represented employers in hundreds of EEOC charges and other Title VII matters, and litigated employment discrimination, wage and hour, and other related matters.  With Mel’s extensive experience, he provides clients with creative business solutions to workplace legal issues. 


Practice Areas


  1. Employment / Labor: 100%

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Contact Info

Constangy Brooks & Smith, LLP

577 Mulberry Street, Suite 750
P.O. Box 1975
Macon, GA, 31202-1975

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC

709 3rd Avenue
West Point, GA, 31833



GAActive Member in Good Standing 197710/07/2015
ALAuthorized to practice law197109/11/2015

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2013 Georgia Super LawyerGeorgia Super Lawyers2013
2012 Georgia Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Top 20 Most Powerful Labor Attorneys for 2012Human Resources Executive Magazine2012
Top 10 Most Powerful Labor AttorneysHuman Resources Executive Magazine2010
Top 10 Most Powerful Labor Attorneys for 2009Human Resources Executive Magazine2009
RecognitionBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in the United StatesLabor Relations Institute, Inc.N/A
RecognizedChambers & Partners USA GuideN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Office Head/PartnerConstangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC1999 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Georgia Defense Lawyers AssociationPast President2013 - Present
Vineville United Methodist ChurchMemberN/A
College of Labor and Employment LawyersFellowN/A
U.S. Chamber of CommerceBoard of DirectorsN/A
Georgia Defense Lawyers AssociationPresidentN/A
Georgia Defense Lawyers AssociationExecutive Vice PresidentN/A
Georgia Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
State Chamber of CommerceBoard of DirectorsN/A
Georgia Employers' AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations CommitteeVice ChairN/A
Cashier United Methodist ChurchMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationFellowN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
ElectionsHas won 98% of all elections
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Publication NameTitleDate
U.S. Chamber of Commerce NLRB InsightThe 'Obama' National Labor Relations Board: The Potential Use of Rulemaking to Enchance Unioin Organizing2010
Georgia's Defense Lawyers' Association Law Journal(Editor)2007
Mercer Law ReviewLabor & Employment Law, Annual Survey of Georgia Law2001
The Labor LawyerThe Elusive Law of Intermittent Strikes1998
Daily Labor ReportThe Elusive Law of Intermittent Strikes1998
Georgia Labor and Employment LawInjuries in the Workplace1993
Wrongful Termination Under Georgia LawCo-Author1988
The Labor LawyerSection 7 Update1988
Developing Labor Law, BNAContributing Editor, 1979-Present, and Chapter Editor, 2002 to presentN/A
Mercer Law Review(Regularly Contributes)N/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Alabama School of LawN/AN/A1971
Emory UniversityN/AN/A1968
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Corporate Campaign Seminar 2010Employers Free Choice Act2010
American Bar AssociationNational Labor Relations Act Basic Law and Procedures2008
High Stakes Employment Litigation SeminarRecent Developments and Critical Issues Before the NLRBN/A
American Bar AssociationElusive Law of Intermittent StrikesN/A