James A. Patton

Professional Biography

For 20 years, Jay has advised companies on a variety of workplace issues including preparing and enforcing non-competition agreements, dealing with complex employee leave issues, defending employment discrimination lawsuits, and providing advice on difficult workplace issues.  Jay has written extensively on Alabama’s newly amended restrictive covenant law and has enforced and defended restrictive covenant cases in state and federal courts.  Jay provides ongoing support to clients who are managing long-term, complicated leave and accommodation issues by helping them to comply with legal directives while ensuring that leaves are efficiently managed.  Jay also works with HR professionals to provide counseling on difficult day-to-day employment issues.  In the last several years Jay has obtained several full summary judgment rulings for companies in contentious employment discrimination cases.  Jay graduated from West Point in 1987, served in the U.S. Army in Germany, and worked in industrial sales before attending law school.

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