Overview

Peter N. Hall is a labor and employment, class action, and litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Atlanta office. Mr. Hall focuses his practice on the nationwide representation of businesses in all facets of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on litigation matters. Mr. Hall has litigated matters in several states, including California, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Michigan.

Mr. Hall has successfully litigated numerous complex and contentious matters across the country, including obtaining multiple defense verdicts for oilfield and mid-stream services companies in class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage/hour laws. Mr. Hall has also won summary judgment on independent contractor versus employee status, FLSA-exemption status and joint employment issues for several clients in multiple industries, including oil/gas and cable/telecommunications.

In addition to wage-and-hour class and collective actions, Mr. Hall has prosecuted and defended numerous claims against former employees who have misappropriated trade secrets, unlawfully accessed protected computers, and breached non-compete and non-solicit agreements. He has obtained temporary restraining orders (TROs), preliminary injunctions, and even contempt sanctions for clients whose valuable business information has been put at risk.

Overall, Mr. Hall's litigation experience runs the gamut of employment laws, including cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), FLSA, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and numerous state-law equivalents.

Mr. Hall has also developed significant experience in litigation with entities certified under the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Disadvantaged Business Entity (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Entity (ACDBE) programs.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Hall was a labor and employment attorney for a mid-size law firm in its Atlanta office.

Experience

  • Obtained a defense verdict in a multi-plaintiff Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) action brought by offshore oil rig clerks claiming misclassification as independent contractors. Previously, Mr. Hall and his team had successfully obtained decertification of the collective action, leaving only three named plaintiffs. The jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning a complete defense verdict.  
  • Successfully defended a directional drilling company in a FLSA collective action asserting directional drillers had been misclassified as independent contractors, including obtaining a rendering of judgment by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in favor of defendant.
  • Successfully compelled an individual arbitration in a FLSA collective action involving 100-plus opt-ins in a case involving drill-site managers (DSMs) or "company men" alleging they had been misclassified as independent contractors. After obtaining summary judgment in the lead plaintiff's individual arbitration, all remaining claimants voluntarily dismissed their claims.
  • Sat first or second chair in numerous California wage/hour law arbitrations on behalf of oilfield services company in cases involving directional drillers and measurement-while-drilling (MWD) operators claiming they were misclassified as exempt. Collectively, the arbitrations involved potential exposure of more than $20 million. Mr. Hall's team won motions to dismiss in several matters, obtained defense awards after plenary hearings in two other matters (including a cost award), and ultimately, the remaining claimants agreed to withdraw their claims, resulting in a total zero recovery.
  • Sat first or second chair in three FLSA overtime arbitrations on behalf of directional drilling company and third-party payroll provider involving MWD operators claiming they had been misclassified as exempt. Mr. Hall's team won defense awards in each matter, resulting in zero recovery from either respondent.  
  • Defeated a nationwide conditional certification of class/collective wage-and-hour action brought in Pennsylvania by putative class of oil and gas pipeline inspectors. With the denial of certification, the company's exposure was reduced from overtime claims asserted by hundreds of inspectors to the claim of a single inspector who had worked for just six months.
  • Obtained multiple summary judgment awards in Louisiana and Rhode Island on behalf of a cable company in class/collective wage-and-hour actions brought by installation technicians. After demonstrating that the cable company was not a "joint employer" of the installation technicians, all claims against client were dismissed.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a claim brought by insurance sales agent in California for wage-and-hour violations and religious discrimination. By focusing on the client's independent contractor relationship with the plaintiff, all of her claims were dismissed with prejudice.
  • Obtained summary judgment in Florida on behalf of a private fire protection company in overtime collective action and a retaliation lawsuit brought by a former fire chief and current firefighter/emergency medical services (EMS) technician.

  • Successfully brought suit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Employee Benefits Security Administration to end years-long Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) investigation of a financial services company. After a preemptive lawsuit designed to bring about the end of the investigation was brought forth, the agency agreed to terminate its investigation with no finding of wrongdoing on the part of the client.
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in several putative ERISA and securities fraud class actions arising out of plaintiffs' exercise of put rights in employee stock bonus plan shortly before merger announcement. Obtained summary judgment against multiple plaintiffs and obtained a complete defense verdict following a two-week jury trial in one of the related actions.
  • Represented former professional basketball players in pursuing ERISA claims for pension benefits.
  • Represented an employer in a multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability claim, including filing suit for declaratory judgment against pension plan based on a delay in assessing withdrawal liability.
  • Represented an employer in an ERISA denial of benefits and failure to furnish plan documents claims. After an aggressive discovery and pleading strategy, the matter settled favorably.

  • Obtained a defense verdict in a multi-plaintiff Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) action brought by offshore oil rig clerks claiming misclassification as independent contractors. Previously, Mr. Hall and his team had successfully obtained decertification of the collective action, leaving only three named plaintiffs. The jury deliberated for less than two hours before returning a complete defense verdict.  
  • Successfully defended a directional drilling company in a FLSA collective action asserting directional drillers had been misclassified as independent contractors, including obtaining a rendering of judgment by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in favor of defendant.
  • Successfully compelled an individual arbitration in a FLSA collective action involving 100-plus opt-ins in a case involving drill-site managers (DSMs) or "company men" alleging they had been misclassified as independent contractors. After obtaining summary judgment in the lead plaintiff's individual arbitration, all remaining claimants voluntarily dismissed their claims.
  • Sat first or second chair in numerous California wage/hour law arbitrations on behalf of oilfield services company in cases involving directional drillers and measurement-while-drilling (MWD) operators claiming they were misclassified as exempt. Collectively, the arbitrations involved potential exposure of more than $20 million. Mr. Hall's team won motions to dismiss in several matters, obtained defense awards after plenary hearings in two other matters (including a cost award), and ultimately, the remaining claimants agreed to withdraw their claims, resulting in a total zero recovery.
  • Sat first or second chair in three FLSA overtime arbitrations on behalf of directional drilling company and third-party payroll provider involving MWD operators claiming they had been misclassified as exempt. Mr. Hall's team won defense awards in each matter, resulting in zero recovery from either respondent.  
  • Defeated a nationwide conditional certification of class/collective wage-and-hour action brought in Pennsylvania by putative class of oil and gas pipeline inspectors. With the denial of certification, the company's exposure was reduced from overtime claims asserted by hundreds of inspectors to the claim of a single inspector who had worked for just six months.
  • Obtained multiple summary judgment awards in Louisiana and Rhode Island on behalf of a cable company in class/collective wage-and-hour actions brought by installation technicians. After demonstrating that the cable company was not a "joint employer" of the installation technicians, all claims against client were dismissed.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a claim brought by insurance sales agent in California for wage-and-hour violations and religious discrimination. By focusing on the client's independent contractor relationship with the plaintiff, all of her claims were dismissed with prejudice.
  • Obtained summary judgment in Florida on behalf of a private fire protection company in overtime collective action and a retaliation lawsuit brought by a former fire chief and current firefighter/emergency medical services (EMS) technician.

Credentials

Education
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Georgia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Vanderbilt Law Review, Associate Editor
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, 2012-2015, 2019
  • Georgia Legal Elite, Georgia Trend magazine, 2013
  • Order of the Coif, Vanderbilt University Law School, 2004
  • Elliott Cheatham Scholarship, Vanderbilt University Law School, 2001-2004
  • Dean's Scholarship, Vanderbilt University Law School, 2001-2004
  • University Honors Scholarship, The Ohio State University, 1997-2001

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