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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

14 April 2020


The Coronavirus is definitely the most important issue of the day, and so we are devoting the entire newsletter to this subject.  Our firm has issued three Alerts during the week of March 16, 2020 on the above subjects, and this newsletter is intended to consolidate these various Alerts, as well as bring more recent information on the issues as of press time, March 26, 2020. 

10 April 2020

Update – COVID-19 Legislation

08 April 2020

The Most Important DOL Guidance for You to Know regarding Expanded Family Medical Leave and Paid Sick Leave

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