Paul R. Barsness

Paul R. Barsness

Associate | Atlanta Office
pbarsness@phrd.com
T: (404) 420-4318
F: (678) 533-7719
 

Practice Group(s)

Services

Education

  • University of Georgia - B.A., Economics; B.A., Political Science
  • Georgia State University College of Law - J.D., summa cum laude, 2009

Admitted to Practice

  • Georgia



 

About Paul

Paul represents clients in individual and class and collective actions brought under laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), state wage and hour laws, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Paul also handles all types of commercial disputes as a member of the Firm's general litigation group.

 

For the past several years, Paul has monitored every state and federal decision on employment tests and personnel selection procedures, subpoena enforcement actions, and the certification and/or decertification of wage and hour claims, and has compiled a database of information useful to most businesses.

 

Graduating summa cum laude from Georgia State University College of Law, Paul was Editor-in-Chief of the Georgia State University Law Review. He also served as a member of GSU's Moot Court Board, and President of the Child Advocacy Society, which operates the Street Law program at Georgia State. At Georgia State, Paul was presented with the Scholarship and Leadership award from the American Bar Association and American Law Institute, as well as the Atlanta Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section's Student Scholar Award.

 

Paul graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in economics and political science. At UGA, Paul was a member of the debate team and finished second at the 1998 National Debate Tournament. Paul also represented the University of Georgia and the United States in a series of trade debates with a delegation from Japan, and represented the University of Georgia in a special debate on nationalism during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. After graduation, Paul worked in politics for several years, handling the research and communications of candidates at the local, state, and federal level.

 

Paul is married to Allison Ashe, the Executive Director of Covenant House Georgia, which provides shelter and services to homeless, trafficked, and runaway youth.  They have three children: Sophia, Miles, and Scarlett.

 

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Representative Engagements

  • Represented large retailers and other employers in the defense of numerous federal collective actions, and state law class actions, involving off-the-clock and misclassification allegations pursuant to state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws.
  • Defended small, medium, and large employers in individual and class actions brought under laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
  • Represented local governments and workforce management companies in litigation and subpoena enforcement actions involving the use of employment tests and personnel selection procedures.
  • Represent executives and corporations in both arbitration and litigation involving the enforceability of noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenants.
  • General commercial litigation experience, including the representation of banks and financial institutions, automobile dealers in arbitration, providing legal advice to local area municipalities, and cases involving products liability and legal malpractice.
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Professional and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Covenant House Georgia
  • Northside United Methodist Church
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Honors

  • Scholarship and Leadership award from the American Bar Association and American Law Institute.

Publications and Presentations

  • Client advisories on testing and personnel selection available here.
  • Client advisories on wage and hour issues available here.
  • Keys to Success in Adverse Impact Trials (co-author), presented at the American Employment Law Council Twenty-Second Annual Conference (October 22-25, 2014)
  • Case Summaries for Recent Developments in Scored Test Case Law (co-author), presented at the Conference on Testing Leading through Changing Times (June 2-4, 2014)
  • Case Summaries for Recent Developments in Scored Test Case Law (co-author), presented at the Meritas U.S. Litigation and Labor and Employment Practice Group Meeting (October 28-29, 2013)
  • Assessing the Legal Risks of Your Assessments, The 28th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Houston, TX (April 11-13, 2013)

  • Time to Harmonize Certification Analysis (co-author), presented at the National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law (April 3-6, 2013)

  • Presenting Statistical Evidence in Disparate Treatment Cases (co-author) (2012)

  • The Future Of Employment Class Actions After Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes (co-author) (2011)

  • Edison Electric Institute 2011 Conference on Testing - Building Relationships:  The Big Picture in the Big Easy (May 2011) – Legal Updates

  • Case Summaries for Recent Developments in Scored Test Case Law, updated and presented at various conferences each year.

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Archived Advisories

Employee Testing


Wage and Hour
 
 
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