Georgia Supreme Court Issues Georgia Whistleblower Act Opinion

On March 6, 2017, the Georgia Supreme Court held that municipal employees who have claims under the Georgia Whistleblower Act do not have to provide their employer with ante litem notice prior to filing a lawsuit. The Georgia Whistleblower Act protects government employees who are retaliated against for blowing the whistle on government fraud, waste, and abuse. The Supreme Court’s decision is an important victory for municipal employees because it guarantees that they have the full time allowed by the Georgia Whistleblower Act’s statute of limitations in order to file their cases in court. Legare, Attwood & Wolfe partner Steven E. Wolfe led the Amicus Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association’s Georgia Affiliate, which filed an amicus brief, authored by Lisa Lambert, on behalf of the employee in the West case, with A. Lee Parks of Parks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C., appearing at oral argument on the organization’s behalf. The case is West v. City of Albany, No. S16Q1881.

Super Lawyers

Attorneys Eleanor Attwood, Cheryl Legare and Steven Wolfe were nominated for and selected as 2017 Georgia’s Super Lawyers. Eleanor Attwood has been tapped as a Rising Star or Super Lawyer nine times since 2007.  She also received the distinction of Top 50 Female Lawyers status in 2017. This is Cheryl Legare’s eight year to be recognized as a Rising Star or Super Lawyer and her third consecutive year to reach Top 100 Lawyers and Top 50 Female Lawyers status. Like his colleagues, Steven Wolfe has been named as a Georgia Rising Star or Super Lawyer for many consecutive years. 2017 marks his seventh year running.

Recent Successes

Legare, Attwood & Wolfe settled a race discrimination and retaliation case on behalf of a manager for $750,000.00.

Attwood and Legare Selected as Moderators for ICLE GA Event

Cheryl Barnes Legare and Eleanor Mixon Attwood will each attend and present at sessions of the continuing education event “Litigating the Plaintiff’s Employment Law Case,” hosted by ICLE in Georgia and co-host, the Georgia Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association.  This year’s event will be held on September 23 at the State Bar of Georgia Conference Center.  See ICLE in Georgia for more information or click here to register.

Legare, Attwood & Wolfe Legal Team Selected as Georgia Super Lawyers

Cheryl Legare, Eleanor Attwood and Steve Wolfe were each individually nominated and selected as 2016 Georgia’s Super Lawyers. Eleanor Attwood was selected as a Rising Star or Super Lawyer eight times since 2007. This marks Cheryl’s seventh consecutive year of recognition by Super Lawyers as either a Rising Star or a Super Lawyer and is her third consecutive year as a Georgia Super Lawyer, achieving both Top 100 Lawyer and Top 50 Female Lawyer status for the last two years. Like Cheryl, Steve has a streak of nominations, with 2016 marking his sixth consecutive years as a Rising Star or Super Lawyer.

Steven Wolfe Named an Attorney ‘On the Rise’

Readers of the Daily Report have nominated their picks for the “On the Rise” class of 2015, and we are proud to announce that our own Steven Wolfe is included in this impressive group. Look for his photo and click to read the article about him, but with one caveat: Steven attended Boston College, not Boston University as the article states.

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Wolfe Is Among Top 40 Under 40

Steven Wolfe, Atlanta Attorney Fighting for Employee Rights

Attorney Steven Wolfe

The Daily Report is proud to announce their 2015 class for “On the Rise”—a selection of Georgia lawyers under the age of 40 who make a difference in the community now and will continue to do so in the future. We are proud to note that our own Steven Wolfe is included on this distinguished list.

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Former Atlanta City Employee Alleges Sexual Harassment at Court

Eleanor Mixon Attwood, Discrimination and Harrassment Attorney in Atlanta

Attorney Eleanor Mixon Attwood

Report filed by CBS46 Atlanta TV on April 2, 2014

A former City of Atlanta employee has filed a complaint alleging sexual harassment at the Atlanta Municipal Court.

Kelly Oliviera said she was thrilled to land a job as a data entry clerk in 2010. However, the new college graduate’s joy quickly soured when she said Horace Wyatt, the Court Operations Director, began sexually harassing her.

According to Eleanor Attwood, representing Oliviera, “The harassment ranged from sexually charged, lewd comments and questions about body parts to actual touching.”

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