Firm's Managing Partner Received Organization's Highest Honor
Amanda Farahany, managing partner of the law firm Barrett & Farahany, has been elected as a new Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by an attorney's colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence.
Amanda's work on behalf of employees has been widely recognized, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and achievements. Among her many honors are: being named “2019 Lawyer of the Year – Employment Law for Individuals” by Best Lawyers, being listed in the “Top 50 Women in Georgia” by Super Lawyers, and being nominated to the National Advocate's Top 100 Lawyers. Through Amanda''s leadership, Barrett & Farahany has been recognized as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and “Best Litigation Firm of the Year” by the Fulton County Daily Report.
She has a reputation for taking and winning cases that defy the odds. Some notable examples: She achieved the highest verdict in a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) case in the nation and the largest libel verdict for a single plaintiff in Georgia. She tried the first Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act case in 2015 to a verdict of $2.25 million, ensuring that genetic privacy will be taken seriously by all companies.
Through her cases, Amanda both defends the individuals who seek legal representation and strives to enact legal change for all employees who similar hardships.
In 2013, she published a study analyzing and exposing how the courts handle employment discrimination to bring these cases before a panel of jurors. The study is featured in several scholarly articles and books.
In addition to her law practice, Amanda has served as the President of various law organizations: the Atlanta Bar Association's Labor & Employment section, the National Employment Lawyers Association in Georgia, and the Atlanta Council for Younger Lawyers. Additionally, she has served in leadership roles in a wide array of other professional organizations.
The 25th installation of Fellows was scheduled for November 14, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event is being rescheduled for a future date still to be determined. The annual induction dinner is traditionally held coincident with the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section's Continuing Legal Education Conference. With the current installation, the College is represented by almost 1,600 members in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and eight Canadian Provinces.
About The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers was the vision of a number of the Fellows. The idea was to further establish this profession in all its aspects as one uniquely important to the world of labor and employment law, individual rights, collective bargaining and dispute resolution. The College was established in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of The Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. It operates as a free-standing organization, recognizing those who, by long and outstanding service, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field.