Overview

Russell Jones regularly counsels and trains employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. As a strategic business partner, Russell places a strong emphasis on understanding his clients’ businesses in order to maximize efficiencies, to enhance employee engagement, and to increase profitability. Russell has deep experience in a wide array of industries including broadcast and digital media, publishing, technology, automotive, healthcare, pharma, insurance, engineering, hospitality, retail, and manufacturing.

Russell takes a proactive approach to avoiding employment law claims, with a focus on discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, union avoidance, complying with disability and medical leave requirements, wage and hour, hiring, termination, reductions in force, workplace violence, noncompetition agreements, severance and release agreements, and personnel policy design and implementation.

Russell also has significant experience in assisting employers comply with federal and state laws pertaining to background checks of applicants and employees, privacy issues, social media, identity theft, and workplace investigations. He regularly represents employers before state and federal courts and agencies in all types of employment-related suits. He has substantial experience in mediation of employment claims, litigating unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board, and in arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements.

Most recently, Russell has helped employers navigate challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic such as issues involving the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, ADA requirements, furloughs, and return-to-work protocols and procedures.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Society for Human Resource Management

Member

National Association of Broadcasters

News, Analysis & Press

When Clients Are Abusive

The Financial Manager

July 28, 2014

Internship Programs Under Fire

The Financial Manager

November 1, 2013

The FMLA Check-Up

The Financial Manager

May 31, 2013

Making the Case for Background Checks in Career Education

Career Education Review

January 1, 2011

The Growing Threat of Identity Theft and Its Implications for Employers

Georgia Bar Journal

April 1, 2006

Background Checks: Four Steps to Basic Compliance with Federal and State Law

April 1, 2003

Speaking Engagements

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Practical Issues for Employers in Navigating the New Federal Emergency Paid FMLA and Sick Leave Mandates

Georgia Chamber of Commerce

April 29, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Practical Issues for Employers in Navigating the New Federal Emergency Paid FMLA and Sick Leave Mandates

Charleston Chamber of Commerce

April 14, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Practical Issues for Employers in Navigating the New Federal Emergency Paid FMLA and Sick Leave Mandates

SHRM-Atlanta

April 1, 2020

21 Century Employment Law Challenges: Social Media, Protecting Investments in Employees, the #MeToo Movement, and Multi-Generational Workforces

Media Financial Managers

March 24, 2020

21st Century Employment Law Challenges: Social Media, Protecting Investments in Employees, the #MeToo Movement, and Multi-Generational Workforces

Media Financial Management Association, CFO Summit, Fort Lauderdale, FL

March 2019

Education

  • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 2000magna cum laude
  • B.S., Appalachian State University, 1995summa cum laude

Bar Admission

Georgia

Courts

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida