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Marcus G. Keegan currently serves as the regional attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Atlanta District Office. His appointment as regional attorney marked his return to the EEOC, where he was hired through the Honors Attorney Program after his graduation from Emory University School of Law. He worked as a trial attorney in the Atlanta District office of the EEOC before working in private practice for more than fifteen years practicing mostly in the areas of employment discrimination and wage and hour law.
Marcus Keegan serves as a an adjunct professor of law teaching Employment Discrimination at Emory University School of Law. He is a frequent lecturer on topics related to employment law as well as law practice and has been named a Lorman Education Services Distinguished Faculty Member. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Top 100 – Georgia, Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, and has been named as a Legal Elite by Georgia Trend magazine.
Mr. Keegan is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia and currently serves as the chair of the Labor & Employment section of the State Bar. He has previously served on the board of directors of the National Employment Lawyers Association’s Georgia and National Chapters. He has been appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court as a mentor for the Transition into Law Practice Program as well as served as a mentor in the State Bar of Georgia Labor & Employment Law’s Mentorship Academy.
Education: JD, Emory University School of Law; BA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Charles Bridgers graduated from Emory University with a double major in history and biology. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law in 1993.
Mr. Bridgers handles civil litigation for employees, executives, and employers, having served as counsel in over 700 federal litigation matters, including approximately 380 Fair Labor Standard Act cases. He is experienced in complex labor and employment matters; employment contract issues including non-competition, trade secrets, and other restrictive covenants; as well as the Fair Labor Standards Act. Mr. Bridgers also applies his experience in litigating problems to assist executives and employers in avoiding disputes through initial employment agreements and, if necessary, through negotiation of severance agreements. He also organizes and advises various exempt non-profit and religious organizations, and serves as counsel for the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA.
He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of NovusWay, a multi-state camping organization, and formerly served as the Vice-Chair of Inspiritus, a provider of social services to refugees, the disabled, and families in Georgia and Tennessee.
Michael Schoenfeld is an attorney with the firm Stanford Fagan LLC in Atlanta. Mike practices in the areas of Union-side labor and employment law. His firm represents numerous labor organizations, federations, and multi-employer benefit plans, as well as individual plaintiffs. Mike currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Georgia Bar.
Nicolas Stanojevich is a partner at Quinn, Connor, Weaver, Davies & Rouco. He has been practicing union-side labor law since graduating from the University of Georgia Law School in 2015. Nicolas is admitted to practice in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.
K.P. Reddy is a nationally recognized employment and business attorney. For over thirty-four (34) years, K. P. has had the unique experience of litigating on behalf of both employers and employees in employment, wage and hour and restrictive covenant cases. K.P is AV®Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. K.P. has been selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia’s “Legal Elite” in the practice area of Labor & Employment. Since 2014, K.P. has been voted by his peers as one of Georgia’s Super Lawyers®. In 2015, K.P. was recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers® as a Top 100 lawyer.
K. P. is a graduate of Emory University and Emory Law School. After graduation from law school in 1989, K.P. served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State Attorney General’s Office defending state agencies and officials in employment litigation. In 1996, after entering private practice, K.P. continued to represent state agencies and officials in employment litigation as a Special Assistant Attorney General, and also represented employees and employers. K.P. has represented employees, government entities, and small businesses in employment and corporate litigation, wage collective actions and complex restrictive covenant cases. K.P.’s representation of both state and local governments has provided him with extensive experience in understanding the unique issues that arise with governmental entities, such as immunities.
K.P. is a panel member as a Mediator and Arbitrator with BAY Mediation and Arbitration Services. K.P. is a panel member as a Mediator and Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
K.P. received mediation training from both Resolution Resources and Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service. K.P served as an Investigator for discrimination claims filed with the City of Atlanta’s Human Relations Commission, and has been retained to investigate employee complaints filed with employers. From 2007 until 2017, K.P. served as a Hearing Officer for the Georgia Department of Education for teacher and student appeals. Since 2011, K.P. has served as a Hearing Officer for the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
Sophia Haynes entered active military service and began her legal career at the Army Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1998. As a Judge Advocate, Captain Haynes practiced various areas of the law including civil, administrative, labor & employment, operational law and criminal. She also deployed to Kuwait and Egypt on military assignments. During Operation Enduring Freedom, right after the September 11th attack, she served as legal counsel for two and three-star generals on the legal staff of Third United States Army. She also advised senior military officials on the administration of justice and legal maneuvers. In 1999, she was promoted to the position of Client Services Division Chief and provided legal services for over four hundred military personnel. She also served as Senior Judge Advocate for Third U.S. Army’s legal office. She received an Honorable Discharge and earned the Army’s Achievement Medal and Post Commander Service Award.
Upon completion of her military service, Ms. Haynes formed The Legal Group, where she practiced Business Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation. She then served as the Chief Assistant Solicitor for the Clayton County Solicitor General’s Office. As lead prosecutor, she prosecuted criminal offenders as well as supervised an attorney staff of (9) attorneys and (4) State Court Rooms. She also served in the DeKalb County Solicitor General’s Office as a Senior Trial Attorney. During her career, Sophia has prosecuted thousands of cases and has appeared as lead prosecutor in over 100 bench and jury trials to date. She has also successfully briefed and argued cases before both the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Georgia Supreme Court. During her years of as a prosecutor, Ms. Haynes served as a Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) Certified Instructor. In this capacity, she has served as guest instructor for the DeKalb Regional Police Academy, the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia and Georgia Police Academy. Ms. Haynes re-entered federal service as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Labor in 2010 She then accepted a trial attorney position with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) in 2016. In 2018, she was promoted to her current position of Deputy Chief Counsel with the VA where she oversees the labor and employment as well as the advisory legal services function for the medical centers and regional offices in 3 states of a multi-state legal district.
Ms. Haynes is a member of the Georgia and Louisiana State Bar Associations. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the 2022 Class of Leadership Henry. Ms. Haynes is an active member of World Changers Church International where she served for years as an usher and coordinated legal training events as a member of the Legal Resources Department. Ms. Haynes regularly speaks at community events on legal topics and has appeared as a guest on WATC-TV 57 and Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Cherri L. Shelton, Esq. is the owner of Shelton Law Practice, LLC, a boutique law firm that advocates for employee rights. For the past decade, Ms. Shelton has represented both private and federal workers, helping both to assert and protect their rights in the workplace.
Prior to starting her law firm, Ms. Shelton worked as an Administrative Hearing Officer with the Georgia Department of Labor. She also previously worked as a Litigation Associate exclusively representing federal employees in matters of employment discrimination. In addition, Ms. Shelton represented small businesses in cases involving employment law and commercial litigation, before turning her focus exclusively to employee rights.
Ms. Shelton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Spelman College, where she graduated cum laude and she earned her Juris Doctorate from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. During law school, Ms. Shelton served as a Peer Mentor and an Associate Notes Editor of The John Marshall Law Journal. Ms. Shelton was also selected to serve as a Legal and Judicial Intern, respectively with both the Trial Unit and Hearings Unit of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Atlanta District Office).
In 2016, Ms. Shelton was named as a National Black Lawyer, Top 40 Under 40. From 2016 to 2020, she was recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star. And, in 2022 and 2023, Ms. Shelton received recognition as a Georgia Super Lawyer, an honor reserved for only 5% of attorneys across the State.
Ms. Shelton has been and continues to be involved in the legal community. From 2012 to 2017, Ms. Shelton served on the Executive Board of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), helping to raise money for its scholarship fund and its Sister to Sister Mentoring Program. Ms. Shelton is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, as well as its local Georgia Chapter. She has participated in various professional development and mentorship programs facilitated by the Georgia Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and she currently serves as its Secretary. Ms. Shelton has also had the rare honor of participating in the Labor & Employment Mentorship Academy as both a mentee and mentor.
When not practicing law, you can find Ms. Shelton practicing yoga, trying new restaurants, overseeing home renovation projects, and traveling.
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