The national law firm of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. (“EBG”) recently announced the acquisition of two star attorneys – Frederick C. Dawkins and Kristie Brooks Smith – to join EBG’s Atlanta Office Managing Partner Kenneth G. Menendez, Esq. and Atlanta Office Labor & Employment Head Thomas A. Cox, Jr., Esq. as Partners in the Firm’s National Labor and Employment practice in Atlanta. EBG’s Atlanta office is based in Buckhead.
Earlier this year, as reported by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, EBG named Kenneth G. Menendez as its new Atlanta Office Managing Partner, replacing Maxine Hicks, Esq. who had departed to join another law firm in Atlanta. Shortly thereafter, Cox was named Leader of EBG’s Atlanta office Labor & Employment Group. Along with Cox, Attorney Menendez worked with EBG’s national leadership in recruiting Dawkins and Smith to join EBG.
Attorney Dawkins, previously a partner with Freeman, Mathis & Gary, focuses his practice on employment litigation. He has extensive experience helping companies comply with employment-related laws, including gender, race, age, disability, national origin, and veterans’ status discrimination statutes. In addition, he has worked with companies to develop and implement diversity management strategies that address inclusion-related goals, while at the same time furthering bottom-line business objectives. “Fred is an excellent employment litigator, and his addition to our team is part of a continued strategic realignment of our Atlanta office,” said Menendez.
Attorney Smith, formerly a partner with Constangy Brooks & Smith, focuses her practice in the area of employment discrimination litigation by representing corporate clients in ongoing litigation, and by assisting these clients in minimizing litigation exposure and investigating discrimination claims. She also advises clients on FMLA matters, developing affirmative action programs, and employment litigation. “Kristie will be a great addition to our current team of labor and employment attorneys in our Atlanta office,” said Menendez. “Her area of specialty in advising and counseling clients, especially when it comes to employment discrimination litigation and affirmative action compliance, will definitely add value to our core strengths.”
Attorney Menendez has advised a wide variety of large and small corporations throughout the United States, including Fortune 500 companies, start-up businesses and government entities. Attorney Cox has diverse litigation experience — ranging from the defense of employment disputes at all levels — to commercial actions, regulatory matters, and disputes related to statutory interpretation and implementation. Attorney Cox states that, with the acquisitions of Attorneys Dawkins and Smith, his Labor & Employment practice group in Atlanta now has a “super team” of Partners unique in its diversity and broad expertise.
Attorneys Dawkins & Smith were introduced to EBG through the efforts of Esquire Connect, LLC, a national legal recruiting firm based in Atlanta and founded by Attorney Brian Poe.
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. is a national law firm with approximately 300 lawyers practicing in 10 offices, in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, San Francisco, Stamford, and Washington, D.C. With more than 35 years of experience in health care and labor and employment issues, the Firm is well prepared to guide clients through this era of reform. The Firm also provides focused services to clients in litigation, corporate services, employee benefits, and immigration. Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. has a longstanding history of being a trusted advisor to clients in the health, financial services, hospitality, and energy industries, representing entities from small entrepreneurial ventures to large multinational corporations on a worldwide basis. For more information, visit www.ebglaw.com.