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OVERVIEW

John T.L. Koenig
Partner

Atlanta

3475 Piedmont Road N.E.
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30305-3327

P 317-231-7718

F 404-264-4033

OVERVIEW

John T.L. Koenig
Partner

Atlanta

3475 Piedmont Road N.E.
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30305-3327

P 317-231-7718

F 404-264-4033

John T.L. Koenig, managing partner of the Atlanta office, maintains a national, full-service practice representing management exclusively in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law. He advises employers on the full array of personnel and union relations issues they face on a daily basis.

OVERVIEW

John T.L. Koenig Partner

Atlanta

3475 Piedmont Road N.E.
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30305-3327

P : 317-231-7718

John T.L. Koenig, managing partner of the Atlanta office, maintains a national, full-service practice representing management exclusively in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law. He advises employers on the full array of personnel and union relations issues they face on a daily basis.

John offers proven skill in guiding clients through traditional labor law matters such as collective bargaining, arbitrations, strike preparation, union organizing and NLRB cases. His union and industry experience is deep, and includes helping companies in their relationships with virtually every union. John frequently trains supervisors on remaining union-free and on effective and lawful communications during bargaining, strikes and organizing campaigns.

John provides advice and counsel to companies to drive compliance with such laws as Title VII, FMLA, ADEA, FLSA, OSHA and WARN. He works with executives and management to develop and implement practical and effective human resources and employee relations strategies to help avoid employee lawsuits. He defends companies before the EEOC, Department of Labor, OSHA and other administrative agencies, as well as in state and federal courts across the U.S. John drafts executive employment, separation and non-compete agreements, and advises on the safeguarding of confidential, proprietary and trade secret information and goodwill.

John is dedicated to serving in partnership with HR and business teams to develop and implement practical and effective labor and employee relations strategies. An effective communicator, John works diligently on strategic planning and execution that is grounded in his client’s distinct commercial objectives, operations and the industries in which they operate.

John has cultivated long-term client relationships — a testament to his dedication to service. He truly enjoys the “people” aspect of serving as a trusted adviser, helping his clients deal effectively with labor unions and managing a workforce.

John’s clients appreciate his calm approach to negotiations and litigation, and that he brings more than 20 years of experience to the table to guide them through even the most emotionally charged scenarios in a poised, effective manner. He is dedicated to providing sound advice and counsel to safeguard and promote his client’s most important business goals.

John previously served as co-director of the Indiana Election Commission for then-Gov. Evan Bayh, elections deputy and legislative and public affairs director for the Indiana Secretary of State, and as outside general counsel to former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan’s campaign. While an undergrad, he was a member of the Indiana University football team.

Professional and Community Involvement

Board member, Sandy Springs Mission, Inc.

Former board member, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.

Former board member, Indiana Historical Society

Former board member, Indiana Kids First Trust Fund

Honors

Chambers USA, 2015-2018

BTI Client Service All-Star, 2015

Recipient, Sagamore of the Wabash awards from Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh and from Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan

EXPERIENCE
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented the Indiana Association of County Commissioners as amicus counsel in a case where the Indiana Supreme Court reversed an unfavorable ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals against the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. The county highway supervisor filed a lawsuit seeking judicial review of the county's decision to terminate his employment. Both the trial court and Court of Appeals found the county's termination decision was a quasi-judicial function, thereby permitting judicial review. If the decision stood, the practical effect would require judicial review of virtually every employment decision made by county commissioners regarding county employees. The Indiana Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals' ruling and found that Fayette County's employment decision was administrative and ministerial, not quasi-judicial, and therefore not subject to judicial review. Mark Crandley presented the oral argument on behalf of the IACC as amicus.
  • Obtained injunction precluding departing financial advisors from competition.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of client Action Authority, LLC and its owner on claims including conversion, civil conspiracy, computer tampering and theft, copyright infringement and inducement to infringe.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of client in ADA case.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of client in breach of employment agreement and statutory wage claim brought by former employee.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of client in case alleging discrimination, and ERISA violations.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of client in gender, race, age and retaliation claim.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of our client in defense of race discrimination and retaliation claims.
  • On June 22, 2010, Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted a motion for summary judgment filed on behalf of firm client Corrections Corporation of America. Plaintiffs were eight nurses and former employees of CCA's jail facility in Indianapolis. Plaintiffs' Third Amended Complaint included 12 counts, alleging they were subject to a racially hostile and unsafe work environment and several other claims and theories of recovery. The Court granted summary judgment as to all Plaintiffs and all claims. Four of the eight Plaintiffs appealed some of the claims. On June 9, 2011, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's order granting summary judgment to CCA as to all claims raised on appeal.
  • Represented client in obtaining summary judgment in ADA and FMLA matter.
  • Represented client in Title VII race claim.
  • Represented the Town of Plainfield in defense of breach of contract action. Plaintiff, a land developer, sought several million dollars in damages regarding provision of sewer service to their subdivision. Prevailed with defense verdict after six day jury trial.
  • Secured dismissal of claims brought by plaintiff alleging harassment and other matters.
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