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James L. Hughes


 James Hughes

Greater Atlanta Area

James L. Hughes, a Principal in the firm, represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law with particular emphasis on executive compensation, ERISA, employee benefits, employment contracts, and immigration.

Jim represents public and private companies and tax-exempt organizations in complex employment and executive compensation matters.  He negotiates individual employment and severance agreements, separation and change-in-control agreements, and retention and bonus programs. He also designs, drafts and oversees retirement and welfare plans, deferred compensation and stock options. 

Jim counsels companies on human resources concerns such as management training, OSHA compliance, and immigration matters including worksite enforcement.  He also conducts internal employment audits.

College & Community

Jim is a magna cum laude graduate of Lambuth College and later graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law where he was Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He frequently speaks on a variety of employment law issues. 

He has a long history of civic involvement with a focus on initiatives to help young people succeed.  He was on the Board of the Student Finance Foundation of Georgia (SFFG).  Through its REACH program, SFFG provides financing through the State of Georgia to provide low-income students access to scholarships and low interest loans. 

A former AAU basketball coach, he has also coached soccer and softball.  He was a former director of the North American Baptist Education Foundation and now leads Bible studies at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church and in the community.

James L. Hughes' Latest Resources

Where Have All the Workers Gone? Strategies for Coping with Labor Shortages
March 08, 2023

Where Have All the Workers Gone? Strategies for Coping with Labor Shortages

The declining workforce participation is resulting in job vacancies almost double the number of available employees. This webinar explores alternatives such as Immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs, temp and staffing agencies, prison labor, and part-time and remote options for employers struggling to fill vacancies. 

January 05, 2023

Prevent Court Cases & Avoid Class Actions – Pros & Cons of Arbitration Agreements in Company Policies

March 02, 2022

Webinar: What Employers Should Know if COVID-19 is Really Here to Stay