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Rich is General Counsel at ACS Group. In this role, he oversees the legal affairs of the company and is responsible for a wide range of legal issues that relate to the company’s activities and operations, including employment matters, contract review and negotiation, litigation, and compliance. He is also responsible for the management and oversight of ACS Group’s outside legal service providers. Relying on over 20 years of experience practicing law, Rich focuses on delivering the highest quality legal services to the business’s internal clients, acting as a business partner who happens to have legal expertise.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 50%
  2. Employment: 40%
  3. Litigation: 10%

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Contact info

ACS Group

2400 Meadowbrook Parkway
Duluth, GA, 30096


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199507/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Georgia's Top Rated LawyersWall Street Journal, Atlanta-Journal Constitution2015
Best Lawyers in America -- Employment Law, ManagementU.S. News & World Report2015
Georgia's Top Rated LawyersWall Street Journal, Atlanta-Journal Constitution2014
Best Lawyers in America -- Employment Law, ManagementU.S. News & World Report2014
Georgia's Top Rated LawyersWall Street Journal, Atlanta-Journal Constitution2013
Best Lawyers in America -- Employment Law, ManagementU.S. News & World Report2013
Global Awards 2012 Winner - Unfair Competition Law, GeorgiaCorporate INTL2012
Georgia's Top Rated LawyersWall Street Journal, Atlanta-Journal Constitution2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Rising StarN/A2006
Rising StarN/A2005
AV-Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Order of the CoifN/A1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General CounselACS Group2015 - Present
PartnerElarbee Thompson2004 - 2015
AssociateElarbee Thompson1997 - 2004
Law Clerk to the Hon. Gerrilyn G. BrillU.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
St. Thomas More SocietyMember2006 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1995 - Present
Emory College Alumni BoardExecutive Board Member2013 - 2015
Emory College Alumni BoardBoard Member2012 - 2013
Emory Annual Giving BoardBoard Member2009 - 2012
Arbor Montessori Board of TrusteesBoard Member2005 - 2009
Lawyers Club of AtlantaMember2000 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nathaniel Oden v. Lockheed Martin CorporationSummary judgment granted
Deon Jones v. Lockheed Martin CorporationSummary judgment granted; appeal dismissed
Larry Adams v. Lockheed Martin CorporationSummary judgment granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Elarbee Thompson ElertNon-Compete Agreements for Entry-Level Employees?2015
Plastic Surgery PracticeIn Defense of Your Practice: 8 Ways to Defend Your Practice Against Unfair Competition2014
Elarbee Thompson ElertDon’t Be a Victim of Economic Espionage2014
Atlanta Injury Law BlogWhen Do Social Media Posts Violate Employees’ Non-Solicitation Provisions?2014
Elarbee Thompson White PaperAttracting Patients by Proactively Managing Your Online Reputation2014
Elarbee Thompson ElertUncovering the Identity of Anonymous Internet Posters2014
Quoted in Plastic Surgery PracticeDispatches from the Review Wars2014
Quoted in Plastic Surgery PracticeDispatches from the Review Wars: Part II2014
Aesthetic Surgery JournalManage Your Online Reputation -- or Someone Else Will2012
GDA ActionSocial Media and the Dental Practice2011
Restaurant Startup and Growth MagazineHurt on the Job: What Restaurant Owners Should Understand About Workers' Compensation2010
Emory Lawyer MagazinePaying it Forward Through Mentoring2010
Restaurant Startup and Growth MagazineThe 'Slacker's Protection Act'? Combating FMLA Abuse in the Independent Restaurant2008
Worklaw® Network-Sponsored ACC Info-Pak: General Counsel's Summary of Employment Law in the 50 StatesAsserting and Overcoming Non-Compete Agreements Across the States and in Canada2007
Legal BriefingTake Steps to Prevent Teenage Harassment2007
Service FirstDramatic Reduction in Labor Costs Cause for Celebration?2007
Restaurant Startup and Growth MagazineAll Are Welcome Here, Preventing Customer Racial and Religious Discrimination Claims Against Your Startup2006
Legal BriefingEmployee's Deletion of Computer Files May Violate Hacker Law2006
The Flame, The Magazine of the National Franchisee AssociationTeenage Sexual Harassment: Three Steps to Limiting Potential Liability2005
Legal BriefingEmployers Increasingly Targeted for Class Actions2005
HR AtlantaIs Mandatory Arbitration of Employment-Related Claims Right for Your Company?1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Emory UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Vegas Cosmetic SurgeryProtecting your Reputation: How to monitor your image2015
Sales Management Association WebcastManaging Unfair Competition: Sales Organizations and the Law2014
National Association Management Group WebcastKeeping Your Confidential Information Confidential: A Step-By-Step Guide2014
Employment Learning Innovations WebcastYour Evolving Workplace: The Impact of Social Media on Internal and External Stakeholders2014
Dana Barrett Radio ShowProtecting Your Company's Online Reputation2014
Brookhaven Rotary ClubDefending Your Company's Online Reputation2014
Columbus Breakfast BriefingColumbus's Top HR and Employment Law Professionals: Secrets of Their Success2013
Columbus Breakfast BriefingHow to Prevent Workplace Retaliation Claims2013
Columbus Breakfast BriefingTracking Employee Performance - Crossing the "T's" and Dotting the "I's"2012
Columbus Breakfast BriefingPractical Guidance for Investigating Workplace Complaints2012
Elarbee Thompson Webinar SeriesGeorgia's Restrictive Covenant Act2011
Columbus Breakfast BriefingSocial Media and the Workplace2011
Columbus Breakfast BriefingResponding to Recent Changes in Labor and Employment Law2010
Lockheed Martin Annual Paralegal ConferenceUnderstanding the ADA Amendments Act2009
Industry Liaison Group National ConferenceThe Impact of Civil Unions and Transgender Issues in the Workplace2009
Restaurant Manager ConferencePreventing Employment Law Claims2007
Division Manager MeetingEmployment Law Issues Facing Restaurant Industry2005
Senior Manager MeetingPreventing Unlawful Harassment2004
Division Manager ConferenceEmployment Law for the Hospitality Industry2004
Managing the 21st Century WorkplaceDrafting Enforceable Restrictive Covenants and Protecting Trade Secrets2003
Breakfast Meeting SeriesRestrictive Covenants2003
Semi-Annual Labor and Employment Law SeminarRestrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements: Should You???2001
Semi-Annual Labor and Employment Law SeminarAvoiding Problems with Theft, Drugs, and Guns in the Workplace1999