ATTORNEYS

Attorney Melanie V. Slaton

Partner

706.243.6231 direct phone
706.243.5231 direct fax
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Legal Assistant
Jennifer Kinder
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706.243.6246 direct phone

Areas of Practice

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Harassment
  • Corporate and Municipal Litigation
  • Probate Litigation

Melanie V. Slaton

Melanie V. Slaton has practiced in general civil litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment law, including employment discrimination and employment harassment, since 1988.

Melanie’s litigation experience includes complex class actions in both state and federal court.  She has extensive experience defending employers in individual and class action wage and hour, discrimination and harassment claims, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. Melanie has argued in front of the California Court of Appeals and is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court.  She has successfully tried over 40 cases.

Before moving to Georgia in 2005, Melanie was a senior attorney with the California Labor Department, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement for five years. She was also in private practice for 12 years.

In the role of employment attorney, Melanie has represented clients before federal and state agencies, including the EEOC, U. | S. and Georgia Department of Labor, U.S. Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance. Melanie is well-versed in Employment Discrimination as well as Employment Harassment.

An important focus of Melanie’s practice is identifying and avoiding problems before they arise, through counseling, compliance audits and training.

Melanie regularly consults with clients in training management regarding hiring practices, sexual harassment laws, and other employment laws and regulations.  She has also assisted in conducting workplace internal investigations and reductions in force.  She was recognized in 2008, 2013 and 2014 by Georgia Trend Magazine as a Legal Elite in Labor and Employment law.

Education

Admitted to Practice

Memberships, Affiliations and Activities

Professional Associations:

  • State Bar of California
  • California Labor and Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Member

Honors and Awards

  • Georgia Trend Magazine, Legal Elite in Labor and Employment Law, 2008, 2013 & 2014
  • Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia’s Woman of Distinction, 2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Preeminent Peer Review Rating (4.8 out of 5)

Community Affiliations:

  • Historic Columbus Foundation (Board of Directors, 2006-2009)
  • Open Door Community Foundation (Board of Directors, 2006-2011)
  • Leadership Georgia Class of 2007 (Member, 2007)
  • Springer Opera House, State Theater of Georgia (Board of Directors, 2006-2009)
  • Junior Achievement (Board of Directors, 2006-2007)
  • Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church (Board of Trustees, 2009-2010)