Rodney G. Moore

Shareholder || Atlanta

Rodney G. Moore is a Shareholder in the Atlanta office of Ogletree Deakins. Mr. Moore’s practice consists of the representation of clients in labor and employment and related litigation. With a strong in-house and outside counsel background, he brings a unique and practical perspective to issues critical to the evolving workplace. Rodney represents employers as lead counsel in federal and state court employment litigation, class and collective actions, labor arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. An experienced litigator, Rodney has tried cases to verdict both in federal and state courts. Rodney has also conducted numerous judicial and labor arbitrations. Rodney routinely defends clients in investigations by government agencies such as the EEOC and state equivalents. He is rated “AV” Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007. In 2008, he was selected by The National Law Journal as one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Attorneys in America.”

Rodney has represented Fortune corporations, emerging businesses, and public agencies in major litigation, including class actions alleging unfair business practices and constitutional violations. As part of Rodney’s labor and employment practice, he assists management in responding to claims in all areas of employment law, including harassment and discrimination; overtime and other wage and hour claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and similar state statutes; the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); restrictive covenant and trade secrets; whistleblower matters; and due process claims and hearings. Rodney specifically enjoys strategizing with his clients to assure that the results achieved are consistent with the client’s objectives.

In addition to his reputation representing corporations and emerging businesses, Rodney is also considered one of the leading education lawyers in America. He previously served as General Counsel for the Shelby County Board of Education (Shelby County Schools, Memphis, Tennessee), General Counsel of the East Side Union High School District—the largest high school district in Silicon Valley, and General Counsel of the Atlanta Public Schools.

From 2008-2009, Rodney served as President of the National Bar Association— the first and only Georgia lawyer to serve in that capacity.

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Reported Case

Lindsey v. Shelby County Board of Education (2:15-cv-02587-JTF-dkv): Defense Verdict. Plaintiff, former Chief Financial Officer, sued claiming, among other things, Title VII (Race Discrimination) and violation of Tennessee’s Public Employee Political Freedom Act (PEPFA). After a 6-day jury trial in the United States District Court in the Western District of Tennessee, the jury returned a full and complete verdict in favor of the defendant. (May, 2019)

Taetle v. Atlanta Independent School System, 280 Ga. 137; 625 S.E.2d 770 (2006) [Georgia Supreme Court held that commercial agreement between public school and church to lease church space for kindergarten classes did not violate Establishment Clause.]

Representative Matters

Education

Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors, Technology Association of Georgia’s Diversity and Inclusion Society (2019)
  • Chair, Judicial Selection Committee – National Bar Association (2012-2013)
  • Board of Directors, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law  (2010 to Present)
  • President – National Bar Association (2008-2009)
  • National Board Member – Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Member – 100 Black Men of America (Atlanta)
  • Member – Host Committee, Second Annual Wayne A. McCoy The History Makers Program honoring Justice Leah Ward Sears (2008)
  • Board of Visitors – Santa Clara University School of Law
  • Board of Directors – NSBA, Council of School Attorneys (2002 –2006)
  • President, California Association of Black Lawyers (1997-1998)
  • President, Santa Clara County Black Lawyers Association (1989-1995)

Speeches