Jim Walters is a senior partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the nation’s leading labor and employment firms representing employers. His practice has a strong emphasis on representing employers under the two principal federal labor laws, the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act.
In addition to representing employers in various industries in both collective bargaining and arbitration matters, Jim devotes a substantial amount of his time to defending companies charged with unfair labor practices or similar claims in cases before the NLRB, the NMB and numerous federal courts.
Jim also has represented employers in cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He has entered appearances in dozens of U.S. District Courts and is admitted in all U.S. Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Jim is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was named to the 2004 and 2005 Georgia Super Lawyers list. He has been listed by the Labor Relations Institute (LRI) as one of the “Top 100 Labor Attorneys” in the U.S. since 2006. He has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2009.
Lorie Maring is Of Counsel in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, where she serves on its Employee Benefits Practice Group.
Lorie started her legal career at King & Spalding in Atlanta and has more than 20 years of experience as an employee benefits lawyer. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, she most recently practiced at McKenna, Long & Aldridge, where she counseled employers, trade associations and fiduciary committees on a wide variety of issues relating to the design, operation and compliance of qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, multiple employer welfare arrangements, employer-sponsored life, health and other welfare benefit plans, wellness programs and executive compensation. A significant part of her practice focuses on helping employers navigate the Affordable Care Act.
Lorie graduated, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school, she was the associate editor-in-chief of the South Carolina Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Wig and Robe. Maring received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of Charleston.
She is a member of the Georgia State Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Section, Atlanta Bar Association, Women in Pensions and Worldwide Employee Benefits Network.
Terri Beck joined the Atlanta Bar Association in January 2013 and brings 15 years of non-profit management experience with her. She was formerly Executive Director of Everybody Wins! Atlanta children’s literacy and mentoring organization, a long-time Community Partner of the Atlanta Bar Association.
The Atlanta Bar Association is the largest voluntary bar association in the southeast with over 6,400 members from twelve metropolitan Atlanta counties. It has earned a national reputation for successful and innovative programs that support its diverse membership and promote the fair administration of justice in the community.
Wade Watson is the Immediate Past Chair of the 6500 member Atlanta Bar Association, having served on its Board of Directors for over 11 years.
A partner with Caldwell & Watson, LLP, Mr. Watson is a leader in the field of fiduciary law, the law that governs the rights and obligations of individuals involved in wills, trusts, guardianships/conservatorships, and closely-held businesses.
Mr. Watson represents people in fights over the transfer and control of family wealth, that is, family feud. Mr. Watson has a passion for representing people who have been mistreated by those closest to them.
Mr. Watson is a Georgia native, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Emory University, and a honor graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. In his 32 years of practice, he has developed deep knowledge of the law in this field, the lawyers who practice it, and the judges and jurors who decide these cases.
Jacquelyn H. Saylor “Jackie” is President of the Atlanta Bar Association; she has been on the Executive Committee for nine of the eleven years on the Board. She is a board member of the Estate Planning & Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar and is past chair of the Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section and past officer of the Women in Profession Section. She is a pro bono volunteer at the Fulton County and DeKalb County Probate Information Centers where she assists people with probate questions and filling out forms.
Jackie is a founding partner of The Saylor Law Firm LLP, a boutique Atlanta and St. Simons Island, GA firm of attorneys and attorney/CPA’s that represent entrepreneurs, executives, families and heirs on matters regarding their business, estate, tax, and financial plans. Jackie is experienced in the practice areas of Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Probate & Estate Administration, Business Planning & Business Law and Ante-nuptial agreements. The Saylor Law Firm has been listed in the U. S. News Best Law Firms in America. The firm also received The Law Firm Service Award by the Atlanta Bar Association.
Jackie and other attorneys in the firm have repeatedly been selected as a Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite; Jackie’s area of selection has been in the Taxes, Estates and Trusts category. Jackie has been voted as a Georgia Super Lawyer in Estate Planning & Trusts and she has been chosen as a Top 50 Woman Attorney in Georgia by Georgia Super Lawyers. She is listed in Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell in Estate Planning for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Jackie has lectured on Trusts, Estates & Probate Law for the State Bar of Georgia, Institute of Continuing Legal Education programs and the West Georgia Health Foundation at a planned giving seminar. Jackie has also been a guest lecturer for the University of Georgia on “Women in Leadership in Law and the Judiciary.” Additionally, she has made television appearances to talk about the book, Women & the Law, health care advance directives and the Atlanta Bar Association.
Ms. Saylor has written, edited and published in a variety of legal and community publications. She wrote about the pitfalls of using on-line legal services to write your will in Atlanta magazine and The West Georgia Health Foundation newsletter. Jackie is Co-Author and Co-Editor of Women & the Law: A Guide to Women’s Legal Rights in Georgia.
Jackie graduated from the University of Georgia with an A. B. in History, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with an M.A. in Modern European History and Mercer Law School with a J. D.