Meg Blackwood advises and represents employers, ranging from small family-owned companies to large publicly-traded corporations, on a variety of labor and employment matters, with a particular emphasis on employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws, including misclassification, unpaid overtime and “off-the-clock” issues.
Meg has significant litigation experience (including trial and appellate experience) and has successfully represented employers before administrative agencies (including EEOC and the Department of Labor) and in federal and state courts throughout the country. She has particular experience with class and collective actions alleging violations of federal and state wage laws, although she also routinely litigates single plaintiff claims.
In addition to her litigation work Meg devotes a large part of her practice to advising clients on compliance with state and federal employment laws and on “best practices” to avoid litigation. Her advice work includes developing employer policies and handbooks and training supervisors and human resource managers.
While in law school, Meg was the articles editor for the Emory International Law Review. She also was named a Top 10% Oralist at the LWRAP Spring 2000 Appellate Oral Argument Competition. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, with a dual concentration in English and Spanish, and she is fluent in Spanish.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
- Member, Litigation / Employment sections - Atlanta Bar Association
- Co-chair, Labor and Employment Committee, Young Lawyers' Division - State Bar of Georgia, 2009-2012
- Member, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
- Dean's Award, Spring 2000 and Fall 2001