Mr. Joseph C. Chancey
Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP
Joseph C. Chancey is the managing partner for all offices of the Firm. In this role, he is responsible for guiding and implementing the strategic vision of the partnership and managing the firm’s C-level executives. Joseph has 36 years of experience serving as counsel for employers and continues to consult on day-to-day employment, business, and compliance issues for his clients.
Joseph focuses in the areas of commercial and employment law. He has effectively defended cases that run the gamut of employment laws, including discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour claims, and claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act. He also has substantial experience in cases involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. He is a frequent and popular speaker on employment law topics. In 2018, he was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America© 25th edition in Real Estate Litigation in Atlanta.
“Employment Law Considerations: ADA, FMLA, Age Discrimination, Union Rights.”ADR in the Workers’ Compensation Arena. Atlanta, Georgia. January 2016.“Hot Topics in Employment Law.” Presentation Georgia Safety, Health, and Environmental Conference, Savannah, Georgia. September 2015.
“Hot Topics in Employment Law.” Presentation for Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Seminar. October 2015.
“Dealing with the Disabled Employee: Potential Issues with Discipline and Discharge.” Presentation for HB Next Educational Series, Atlanta, GA. March 2015.
“The Aging Workforce, Employment Law Concerns, And Whether Your Workers’ Compensation General Release Really Resolves All Of Your Employment Law Issues.” Presentation for ICLE’s ADR in the Workers’ Compensation Arena, Webcast. January 2015.
“Growing Pains – Legal Issues That Crop Up for Small and Growing Businesses.” Presentation with Meredith Guerrero and David Smith for the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Section. February 2014.”Employee Handbooks: What is, and isn’t, in your handbook can cost you.” Presentation for Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Seminar. September 2014.
Co-author, Employment Law Desk Manual, 2011, publication for clients of Drew Eckl & Farnham.
“2011 Employment Law Update” and “Navigating the Bermuda Triangle of Workers’ Compensation, The Americans with Disabilities Act and The Family and Medical Leave Act.” Joe Chancey and Dan Kniffen. Presentations to the Georgia Department of Labor, Savannah Georgia. September 2011.
Education, Admissions, and Memberships
Florida State University, College of Law (JD, with highest honors, 1985)
Mercer University (BA, cum laude, 1982)
U.S. District Court, Northern District, Georgia
U.S. District Court, Middle District, Georgia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
State Bar of Georgia
Atlanta Bar Association, General Practice, Trial Law and Labor, and Employment Law Sections
American Bar Association
Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Chairman's Club