I represent Florida and Georgia employees in virtually all workplace problems. (I do not help employers.) I've handled more than 1,500 employment lawsuits. Heavy experience matters when your career is at stake.
Why an Employment Lawyer? And When to Hire One?
Employment laws are complex. Every law is different. So are the deadlines for each. You need guidance to protect your rights. Employers have an army of experts – human resource officials, EEO managers and lawyers, too – trained to protect the organization. Sometimes those advisors see you as a threat, not a victim. Many clients have told me they felt their HR and EEO personnel discouraged them from making a complaint, or gave them inaccurate advice, or even slowed their progress while deadlines passed. Never forget who pays those advisors. Don’t assume anyone dependent on a paycheck from the organization you’re challenging has your best interests in mind. They might. They may not.
An employment lawyer can guide you from the early stages of your concerns through and including the filing of a lawsuit. This includes advice about paperwork for leave, for accommodations or for challenging discipline. It includes advice about seeking unemployment benefits and about noncompete/severance agreements. It also includes guidance in the filing of claims with the EEOC and in filing a lawsuit, whether before or after termination.
Choosing Your Employee-Rights Lawyer
Deciding when and how to choose your lawyer is a critical first step. You’ll find many ads on Google, Yahoo and on other sites. But there are some things you should know about these ads.
First, many ads don’t tell you all you need to know. Ads for employment lawyers don’t usually say how many cases the lawyer has handled. Second, the ads often don’t tell you whether the lawyer also represents employers against people like you. Third, ads often don’t reveal that the “employee-rights lawyers” may spend most of their time on other cases: auto accidents, dog bites, real estate, criminal cases and so on.
In my 29-year career I have appeared as counsel in more than 1,500 employment cases in Florida and Georgia, of which almost 800 are federal lawsuits. For comparison purposes, one of my frequent adversaries – a top lawyer who represents employers only, and with 40 years’ experience, has appeared in 262 federal lawsuits in Florida and Georgia. You can verify my federal lawsuit experience by searching for my name in the PACER.GOV database, where federal lawsuits are tracked. State-court cases in Florida and Georgia are harder to track because, unlike federal cases, lawsuits filed in local courthouses across Georgia and Florida are not always searchable. You can find a professional summary of my background here.
I also write columns for employees, to help them understand their rights. I write on basic discrimination claims but also on topics like unequal pay for women, on bogus background checks, and onbad references. I offer practical thoughts on things like becoming a whistleblower, keeping up your online credentials for job recruiters (here and here), and tips for getting pay raises.
I am also a published author on trial strategies and tactics for lawyers. I recently published 10,000 Depositions Later: 33 Tips For Taking Superior Depositions, a book for trial lawyers, and also authored publications on, among other things, Internet use in the workplace and the use of economists in employment cases. I also maintain several websites for employees, including one on employee privacy rights at EmployeePrivacyRights.org.
Need to Talk to Me Now About a Matter of Concern?
Please don’t hesistate to contact me. It’s better to ask now, and get answers, than to delay and wonder. You can call me at 850-383-4800, and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be glad to talk to you.
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Jim Garrity is one of the top trial lawyers in the Southeast. He has vast courtroom experience, is always extremely well-prepared, and has the greatest respect from judges and juries. He understands the technical details of the fields of employment and discrimination law and uses that knowledge to gain an edge for his clients. He has a very good courtroom presence and can keep a jury’s attention fixed on the important aspects of a case. He has a phenomenal record of success in trials. Also, judges are pressed for time, and respond best to attorneys who, like Jim, are extremely well-prepared and are able to zero in on the important issues. He practices with the highest ethical values and has the respect of the other lawyers in his field of work.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2008||07/07/2015|
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1986||05/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Article Of The Year, "Internet Misuse In The Workplace"||Florida Bar, Barbara Saunders Memorial Writing Competition, Volume LXXII, No. 10||N/A|
|Nominee, Civil Trial Lawyer of the Year||Florida Office of the Attorney General||N/A|
|Trial Lawyer||Marie A. Mattox, P.A.||2002 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|State Bar of Georgia, Labor and Employment Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|National Employment Lawyers Association, Georgia Chapter||Member||2008 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section||Member||1998 - Present|
|National Employment Lawyers Association, Florida Chapter||Member||1998 - Present|
|Website||What Can You Win In a Discrimination Case?||2015|
|Website||8 Signs Your FMLA Rights Have Been Violated||2015|
|Website||How to Report Discrimination to Your Employer||2015|
|Website||Are You Getting Bad Job References?||2015|
|Website||How Are Employers Spying on Us These Days?||2015|
|Website||Using the FMLA and ADA in Combination||2015|
|Website||Misclassified by Your Employer as An Independent Contractor?||2014|
|Book||10,000 Depositions Later: 33 Tips for Taking Superior Depositions||2014|
|Website||5 Secrets for Getting A Pay Raise||2014|
|Website||Sexual Identity Discrimination Update||2014|
|Website||Blowing the Whistle on Medicaid/Medicare Fraud||2014|
|Website||Reporting OSHA/Workplace Hazards||2014|
|Website||The ABC's of Employer Paycheck Fraud||2013|
|Website||Settling Your Discrimination Lawsuit||2011|
|University of Toledo||Law||J.D.||1984|
|Florida Atlantic Univerity||Criminal Justice||B.A.A.||1981|