Trish is a partner with the firm's Litigation and Employment practice group. She represents clients in state and federal courts in a variety of commercial litigation contexts, with an emphasis on employment and franchise issues, but also including UCC and other banking litigation and general complex commercial litigation and arbitration.
As part of her employment law practice, Trish provides counseling and general advice on employment-related issues. She has represented clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Georgia Department of Labor, and FINRA, as well as in state and federal courts. Representative engagements include claims for discrimination and retaliation based on age, gender, race, religion, and disability; breach of employment agreements; alleged violations of federal and state wage-and-hour and leave laws; and advice regarding employment handbooks, policies, trade secrets, non-competes and other restrictive covenants, and executive and employee agreements.
Trish also represents franchisors in actions to enforce franchise agreements against franchisees or in actions by third parties asserting vicarious or employer liability against the franchise system. Trish provides counseling for franchisors with respect to their disclosure documents, franchise agreements, terminations, and other issues. She also has spoken at state and national conferences regarding franchise issues. Trish is currently an associate editor for the Franchise Law Journal.
She has served on the Firm’s diversity, recruiting, and mentoring program committees.
Trish is a graduate of Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, GA), where she is currently on the Board of Trustees and a member of its Executive Committee and former co-chair of the Oglethorpe Women’s Network. After graduation, she taught middle school and high school before attending Georgia State University College of Law, where she graduated cum laude, was Student Writing Associate Editor of the Law Review, and served as president of the Student Bar Association. Trish currently serves on the board of the non-profit Trees Atlanta and serves on the Advisory Council for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. She remains actively involved in local, state, and national bar associations, including as a member of the planning committee for the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys. She is a consistent Saturday Lawyers volunteer with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and has contributed a significant amount of time to pro bono work.