Jennifer Keaton

Jennifer Keaton

Jennifer Keaton

Ms. Keaton is a practicing attorney in the State of Georgia who serves as a mediator and arbitrator of disputes (including hearing officer work in grievance hearings and appeals), conducts school and workplace investigations (e.g., sexual harassment complaints), and provides other neutral services.

Ms. Keaton mediates various kinds of disputes. In addition to her expertise in Labor & Employment matters, Ms. Keaton also mediates separations and divorces. Married with three children and a former school teacher, Ms. Keaton provides separating parents with mediation support that keeps children’s interests at the forefront of the resolution in how families move forward after a break-up. Parents who want to minimize the impact of their separation appreciate the attention paid to non-legal aspects of separation and divorce.

Ms. Keaton’s legal practice has focused on Labor & Employment matters for nearly a decade. She graduated from Davidson College and earned her M.Ed. from Columbia University. After teaching school, Ms. Keaton worked for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the North Carolina Legal Aid as a Martin Luther King Fellow. After earning her law degree at Wake Forest University, Ms. Keaton began her career as an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia in 2001. Her practice predominantly involves civil rights (discrimination, harassment, retaliation), constitutional (First Amendment, privacy, Due Process, Equal Protection), and related tort claims, with an emphasis on employment and labor matters. Her litigation experience, having worked on both sides of the fence, has served her well with respect to her ADR work.

Ms. Keaton also is a registered Mediator who is paneled with multiple courts within the State of Georgia. Ms. Keaton also frequently makes presentations to organizations and conducts employee trainings on a variety of topics.

Community Involvement

  • Vinings Village Civic Club, President (2004-2005)
  • Vinings Rotary, Secretary (2005-2006)
  • Georgia Transplant Foundation, Executive Board Member (2006-2007)
  • JobLink Advisory Council Member (2004-2007)
  • Port O’Call Host Committee for Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses 2006
  • Annual “Run for the Kids” Committee (2002-2007)
  • Advisory Board Member, Visions Anew Institute (2012-13)

Professional Associations

  • Women in Cable and Telecommunication (2007 – present)
  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Atlanta
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia (Labor and Employment, School and College Law Sections)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (Board Member 2006-2009; Spotlight Award 2008)
  • American Association of University Women (Board Member 2006-2007)
  • Atlanta Liaison, E-Discovery Round Table (2012-13)

Presentations

  • 2012 – Presenter. “Negotiation” CLE at State Bar of Georgia
  • 2012 – Presenter, “Divorce Orientation” Atlanta, Georgia)
  • 2012 – Presenter “Moonshiners: Hearing Officers” City and County Attorneys Institute (Athens, GA)
  • 2012-13 – Faculaty, “Workplace Investigation Training: Modules I & II” (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • 2010 – Panelist at John Marshall School of Law – 2nd Annual Employment Law Symposium
  • 2009 – “Working It Out In The Workplace: ADA & FMLA Changes” Trends in Transplant Conference at Georgia International Conference Center (College Park, Ga.).
  • 2009 – “Federal Employment Law Update: How New and Proposed Legislation will Affect the Local Government Employer” Institute for City and County Attorneys.
  • (Substitute Presenter; Athens, Ga.)
  • 2009 – “Navigating the Legal Landmines Created During these Uncertain Times” – Georgia Local Government Personnel Association (St. Simons Island, Ga)
  • 2009 – “Personnel Liability Issues” – LGRMS Presentation.
  • 2008 – Employment Issues Presentation. Minister’s Day Training (Acworth Police Department)
  • 2006 – “HR 101: First Steps in Obtaining Your Workforce” Course for Goodwill Career Center (Atlanta, Ga).
  • 2005 – “HR 101: Employees vs. Contractors” Course for Small Business Association (Atlanta, Ga)
  • 2005 – “Employment Law Update 2005 (2-Day Seminar)” – Council on Education in Management. (Atlanta, Ga)
  • 2004 – “Employment At-Will In Georgia” Lorman Seminar (Atlanta, Ga)
  • 2004 – “Human Resource Audits in Georgia” Lorman Seminar (Athens, Ga)
  • 2004 – “Employee Discharge and Documentation in Georgia” Lorman Seminar (Athens, Ga).

Awards

  • 2009 – 2013 – Georgia “Super Lawyer”
  • 2007 – Georgia “Super Lawyer”

Education

J.D., Wake Forest University M.Ed., Higher Education Administration
Columbia University
B.A., Davidson College

Admitted to Practice: Georgia

Contact:

One Mediation
70 Lenox Pointe NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324Phone 404-720-0599
Fax 404-920-0401jkeaton@thekeatonfirm.com