Overview

Gavin S. Appleby advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters, from defending single-plaintiff and class action employment cases to offering advice on difficult employment issues and labor relations matters. He also has significant experience with:

  • HR and compliance audits
  • Union avoidance
  • Defending union campaigns
  • Arbitrations and mediations
  • Conducting investigations
  • Conducting pay equity analyses
  • Labor negotiations
  • Pre-employment testing
  • Equal employment opportunity laws
  • Affirmative action and diversity
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The National Labor Relations Board
  • Brazilian laws
  • Whistleblowing laws

Gavin has significant knowledge of drug testing and sports anti-doping matters. He has tried cases in 20 different states and regularly appears before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor as well as many state agencies. A member of the professional tennis Anti-Doping Review Board and the Anti-Doping Review Board for international cricket, Gavin co-authored professional tennis' anti-doping rules and successfully defended sports federations in international drug hearings. He has also published numerous articles on employment and labor law issues, ranging from union avoidance to dealing with problem employees.

Gavin counsels clients in U. S. and foreign ethics matters, codes of conduct and codes of social responsibility. Additionally, he consults with employers on human resource practices, including:

  • Establishing ADR processes
  • Developing systems for providing better and more effective advice to managers
  • Instituting programs aimed at early resolution of employment problems

Renowned as an exemplary employment law and diversity trainer, Gavin is a featured training expert in employment law at the Institute for Applied Management and Law. He has developed legally-defensible diversity programs, created numerous interactive training programs and trained thousands of human resources professionals and operations managers across the country.

Gavin often works with clients in the following industries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Sports
  • Financial services
  • Retail

The chair of Corporate Audit Services, Gavin also serves as the chair of Littler Mendelson's diversity practices. Previously, he worked for other law firms and as Chief Employment and Litigation Counsel at a consumer paper products company. He served as an adjunct professor of labor law at Georgia State University School of Law.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

State Bar of Georgia

Member

Anti-Doping Review Board

International Tennis Federation

Member

Anti-Doping Review Board

ATP Tour

Member

Anti-Doping Review Board

Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour

Member

Anti-Doping Review Board

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

Member, Board of Trustees

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2010-2019

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

News, Analysis & Press

EEOC Steps Into Employee Wellness Debate; Experts Urge Consideration of Disability Law

Bloomberg BNA BNA's Health Law Reporter™

October 16, 2014

What's Fair for 'Social' Media in the Workplace?

HispanicBusiness.com

October 14, 2012

The "Bring Your Own Device" to Work Movement

Littler Report

May 10, 2012

NLRB Resolution Changes Dynamics of Union Elections

Corporate Counsel

December 2, 2011

NLRB Advances Rule To Speed Up Union Elections

Law360.com

November 30, 2011

Personality Tests Can Be Friend or Foe When Hiring

IT Business Edge

August 4, 2011

How Globalization Affects Labor-Management Relations

Counsel to Counsel

January 11, 2007

Honesty and Integrity Testing, a Practical Guide

Discrimination, Harassment and Other Legal Landmines

Speaking Engagements

What Managers Can Do to Mitigate Litigation Risk (and What You Can Do to Help Them)

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018

Audits

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018

Connecting the Dots in Federal Contract Compliance: Moving from Burden to Benefit

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2018 - Part 2: The Training Trap: How Efforts to “Fix” Unconscious Bias Are Failing Employers

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 2, 2018

Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2018 - Part 1: Should Affinity Groups Come with an Expiry Date?

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 2, 2018

A Corporate Balancing Act: Business Need vs. Legal Risk

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 12, 2017

Big Data Summit: What's the Deal with Using Data Analytics in Hiring, Workforce Management and Litigation?

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 10, 2017
Employment Law Update

Atlanta, GA

April 13, 2017
Equal Pay and Retaliation

Atlanta, GA

June 23, 2016

The Employee from Hell: HR Quiz Show

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016
Equal Pay and Retaliation – What's on the EEOC's Agenda and How Can Employers Get Involved?

February 17, 2016
2015 Southeast Employer Conference

Atlanta, GA

August 20, 2015
The 2014 Atlanta Employer Conference

Atlanta, GA

October 9, 2014

Blame the Lawyers? – HR Decisions Under the Microscope

The 2014 Atlanta Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Atlanta, GA

October 9, 2014

Blame The New Workplace! Navigating Challenges Created by Today’s Workplace

The 2014 Atlanta Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Atlanta, GA

October 9, 2014
2014 Employee Benefits Summit

Atlanta, GA

June 19, 2014
English Only and English Proficiency: Some Rules of the Road for Employers

April 1, 2014
ADA Accommodations

Atlanta, GA

June 13, 2013
President Obama's Second Term: Weathering the Compliance Storm

Atlanta, GA

February 26, 2013
The Contrasting Positions of the EEOC and the Courts on Key ADA Issues – What's An Employer to Do?

February 26, 2013
Atlanta Employer Conference

Atlanta, GA

September 28, 2012

Defusing the Potential Explosion: Practical Approaches to Disarming Some Key FMLA and NLRA Time Bombs

Atlanta Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Atlanta, GA

September 28, 2012

Controlling Employee Personal Behavior in the Age of Social Media and Personal Technology

Atlanta Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Atlanta, GA

September 28, 2012
Critical Compliance Issues Facing Today’s Employers

Atlanta, GA

July 27, 2012

Defusing the Potential Explosion: Practical Approaches to Disarming Employment Law Time Bombs in Your Workplace

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Conducting Lawful Investigations: The First 72 Hours

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 9, 2012
Business and Human Rights – What American Companies Need to Know

January 11, 2012
Now That You Have to Inform Your Employees They Can Unionize...Getting the New NLRB Posting Requirement Right and Effectively Responding to Employee Questions and Concerns

October 20, 2011
2011 Employment Law Conference

Atlanta, GA

September 23, 2011
A Brand New (Work)Day? What the New Administration and Congress Likely Have in Store for Employers

Atlanta, GA

February 19, 2009
New FMLA and ADA Amendments

January 8, 2009

Presented in Numerous Programs

Institute for Applied Management and Law

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1976

Bar Admission

Georgia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia