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Public Sector

Elarbee Thompson’s Public Sector Group was founded over 25 years ago and is the firm’s oldest established practice group. Since our inception, the Group has been dedicated to the representation of cities, counties, sheriffs and other constitutional officers, school systems, housing authorities, regional commissions, public colleges and universities, as well as other local governmental entities.

The attorneys in the Public Sector Group have made many substantial contributions to state and federal case law which benefit public employers in Georgia. The Group’s efforts have set positive precedent in the areas of retaliation, discrimination, procedural and substantive due process, qualified and official immunity, at-will employment, certiorari, employment contracts and defamation. Due to our reputation and industry expertise, the Group’s lawyers are frequent speakers on topics and issues affecting state and local governmental entities.

We are proud to work with such local government associations as: Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency (GIRMA), Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS), Georgia Local Government Personnel Association (GLGPA), International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) and National League of Cities (NLC).


Litigation and Other Court Proceedings

Federal, State and Local Administrative Proceedings

Training, Litigation Avoidance, Handbook Review, Etc.

Non-Employment Law Matters

Representative Case Work


R. Read Gignilliat

Sharon Morgan