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Brent Wilson

Partner

800 International Tower
229 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303

404-582-8427 - Direct
404-659-6700 - Main

       

Brent has represented companies in employment-related litigation and traditional labor matters for over 40 years. In recent years, his practice has evolved to include mediation and arbitration.  In addition to dispute resolution, he counsels clients regarding day-to-day employment decisions with an eye towards avoiding litigation. Brent works with a wide range of companies in a variety of industries, including communications, service, education, non-profit, manufacturing and the public sector. He is a frequent speaker on litigation, employment and labor relations topics for a variety of national associations and organizations; an adjunct professor at Emory University Law School; and is a well-known and respected civic leader in the city of Atlanta.

After growing up in New Orleans, Brent graduated from Morehouse College before attending the University of Georgia Law School, where he was part of one of the first integrated classes. He clerked at Fort Benning during his first year of law school but shortly thereafter, his wife accepted a job in Rochester, NY, so he transferred to the State University of New York at Buffalo to complete his law degree. While in Buffalo, Brent got his first taste of labor law, clerking for Fred Denson, a member of the New York Public Employment Relations Board.

After completing his law degree in Buffalo, Brent was eager to return home to the south. He was offered a position in New Orleans as the first African American Assistant DA but turned down the offer in favor of returning to Atlanta, a city he and his wife had grown to love. He was offered and accepted a position at the National Labor Relations Board, where he worked for three years handling representation and unfair labor practice matters, before Mr. Elarbee recruited him to join Elarbee Thompson in 1980.

Brent has resided in Atlanta for over fifty cumulative years since attending college at Morehouse. He and his wife, Trojanell, who is also a New Orleans native and Spelman College graduate, have one adult daughter, Terrahney, a dentist working in public health. They now reside in Stonecrest, with their dog Nola and enjoy traveling when they can.

EDUCATION

J.D., University of Georgia; State University of New York at Buffalo, 1976
B.A., cum laude, Morehouse College, 1973

PRACTICE AREAS

Consultation and Advice
Employment Litigation
Investigations
Labor Law
Mediation and Arbitration

ASSOCIATIONS

American Bar Association – Committee for the Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act, Senior Lawyers Division
American Employment Law Council
American Inns of Court – Barrister
Atlanta Bar Association – Past Chair, Labor & Employment Section
College of Labor & Employment Lawyers – Fellow 
Dean’s Advisory Council SUNY Buffalo Law School
Gate City Bar Association
Georgia Diversity Program State Bar of Georgia
Georgia State Bar
Louisiana State Bar Association
National Bar Association
National Employment Law Council
Phi Alpha Delta

AWARDS

AV – Martindale Hubbell
Chambers USA Best Lawyers for Business
America’s Top Black Lawyers, Black Enterprise Magazine
Super Lawyers
Georgia’s Legal Elite
Distinguished Service Award – Georgia Diversity Program State Bar of GA
Distinguished Alumnus Award – SUNY Buffalo Law School Alumni Association
Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers
National Medallion Recipient – Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Men of Influence – Atlanta Business League
Volunteer of the Year – Metro Atlanta YMCA

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

Georgia
Louisiana

CIVIC & COMMUNITY SERVICE

100 Black Men of Atlanta
Association of St. Augustine Alumni Atlanta
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (past Board Chair)
Omega Psi Phi
Sigma Pi Phi
St Jude’s Recovery Ctr, Inc. (past Board Chair)

Representative Matters

Brent has represented the following individuals and organizations:

  • State university and officials in a sex discrimination, retaliation (USDC)
  • County CEO in a race discrimination, retaliation matter (USDC)
  • Medical school in a student dismissal and related tort claims case in Fulton County Superior Court
  • Courier company in nationwide representation and unfair labor practice proceedings (NLRB)
  • Large telecommunication provider in multiple actions, including claims of race, sex, national origin, disability and FMLA discrimination and retaliation (USDC)
  • Municipal housing authority in race and age discrimination matters (USDC) and multiple EEOC claims
  • Local school Board Members in conspiracy, intentional torts, and punitive damages claims in DeKalb Superior Court International news conglomerate in a sexual harassment/retaliation case (USDC)
  • Multiple employers in collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations

Media

Man of Influence Article


Legal Assistant/Paralegal:

Cheryl Owens

404-582-8429 - Direct
cheryl@elarbeethompson.com