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Kevin M. Young

Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 885-6697
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Kevin Young is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and a member of the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes defending employers in class and collective action lawsuits, representing clients facing agency investigations, and providing preventative counseling on a range of employment issues, with an emphasis on wage and hour compliance. Mr. Young has also defended businesses in matters arising under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Mr. Young’s primary focus is defending employers in litigation arising under state and federal wage-and-hour laws. Through a track record of success, Mr. Young has won the confidence of clients in nearly every major industry, including retail, restaurant, food service, insurance, real estate, financial services, staffing, transportation, storage, healthcare, and pharmacy, among others. Mr. Young’s caseload ranges from the highly complex, such as lawsuits brought as “hybrid” collective and class actions in federal court, to more routine single-plaintiff claims or challenges under local living wage ordinances. In addition, Mr. Young represents businesses facing investigation or audit by U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, its state law counterparts, or the U.S. Department of Justice.

Drawing upon his extensive litigation experience, Mr. Young provides proactive counseling to help employers identify and mitigate legal risk. In addition to general day-to-day advice, he has carried out numerous comprehensive assessments of employers’ pay practices, job classifications, and general employment policies, practices, and handbooks. Through this work, Mr. Young helps employers to identify potential exposure, plan a right-sized response, and minimize potential legal liabilities.

Pairing his substantive knowledge with technological proficiency, particularly in managing and analyzing data, Mr. Young has developed cutting-edge tools to enhance and streamline various litigation functions. Mr. Young uses his deep knowledge of Excel, for example, to create comprehensive litigation budgets, robust exposure analyses, and detailed class data analyses, all of which helps to inform and facilitate some of the most important decisions a business must confront over the course of litigation.

Mr. Young is active in the Atlanta community. He has represented and formed lasting relationships with numerous Atlanta-based nonprofit businesses, from newer companies needing advice on hiring employees and crafting employment-related policies, to thriving businesses grappling with complex employment laws, to tenants facing wrongful eviction. He was named Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014, and has served on the group’s Advisory Board for several years.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Young attended Vanderbilt Law School. There, he served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association and President of the Law School Ambassadors. He also spent a summer clerking for Judge George W. Miller of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Kevin Young is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and a member of the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes defending employers in class and collective action lawsuits, representing clients facing agency investigations, and providing preventative counseling on a range of employment issues, with an emphasis on wage and hour compliance. Mr. Young has also defended businesses in matters arising under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Mr. Young’s primary focus is defending employers in litigation arising under state and federal wage-and-hour laws. Through a track record of success, Mr. Young has won the confidence of clients in nearly every major industry, including retail, restaurant, food service, insurance, real estate, financial services, staffing, transportation, storage, healthcare, and pharmacy, among others. Mr. Young’s caseload ranges from the highly complex, such as lawsuits brought as “hybrid” collective and class actions in federal court, to more routine single-plaintiff claims or challenges under local living wage ordinances. In addition, Mr. Young represents businesses facing investigation or audit by U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, its state law counterparts, or the U.S. Department of Justice.

Drawing upon his extensive litigation experience, Mr. Young provides proactive counseling to help employers identify and mitigate legal risk. In addition to general day-to-day advice, he has carried out numerous comprehensive assessments of employers’ pay practices, job classifications, and general employment policies, practices, and handbooks. Through this work, Mr. Young helps employers to identify potential exposure, plan a right-sized response, and minimize potential legal liabilities.

Pairing his substantive knowledge with technological proficiency, particularly in managing and analyzing data, Mr. Young has developed cutting-edge tools to enhance and streamline various litigation functions. Mr. Young uses his deep knowledge of Excel, for example, to create comprehensive litigation budgets, robust exposure analyses, and detailed class data analyses, all of which helps to inform and facilitate some of the most important decisions a business must confront over the course of litigation.

Mr. Young is active in the Atlanta community. He has represented and formed lasting relationships with numerous Atlanta-based nonprofit businesses, from newer companies needing advice on hiring employees and crafting employment-related policies, to thriving businesses grappling with complex employment laws, to tenants facing wrongful eviction. He was named Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014, and has served on the group’s Advisory Board for several years.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Young attended Vanderbilt Law School. There, he served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association and President of the Law School Ambassadors. He also spent a summer clerking for Judge George W. Miller of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law (2008)
  • B.S., B.A., University of Florida (2005)

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Florida

Courts

  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Fulton County Superior Court

Presentations

  • “Open Brainstorming about Future Employer: The impact of technology on wage and hour issues,” National Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group Meeting, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (August 16, 2017)
  • "Overtime Exemption Rules: Countdown to December 1, Liftoff from December 2," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 4, 2016)

Publications