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Amanda A. Farahany – Partner

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Amanda Farahany is the managing partner at the Atlanta law firm of Barrett & Farahany, LLP, representing individuals in employment, libel, overtime, and sexual harassment litigation. Through her practice, she is dedicated to pursuing civil justice for employees, as well providing consultation and support to management employees. She is also an adjunct professor of law at Emory Law School, teaching third year students Advanced Trial Advocacy.  Prior to beginning her practice, she clerked for the Honorable John H. Ruffin, Jr. at the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Known as an attorney who only takes serious and important cases, Amanda has proven this by achieving the highest verdict in a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) case in the nation for her client 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.  Her cases are regularly followed by the press.  She seeks change for both individuals and for society as a whole, including publishing a study analyzing how the courts handle employment discrimination cases in an effort to bring these cases back into the hands of jurors.  The study has generated national interest and dialogue about the role of the jury and judge in employment cases, from Huffington Post articles from retired federal judges to local television coverage of the debate between Amanda and a defense attorney, and is now featured in several scholarly articles and books.

Amanda has also been recognized through numerous awards and achievements.  She is listed as one the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers in Employment Law.  Amanda has been awarded Super Lawyer – an award which acknowledges the top lawyers in Georgia as chosen by Georgia Super Lawyers and through the independent research of Law & Politics each year.  She has been chosen as a Best Employment Lawyer, as well as bringing the firm to Best Law Firm status by U.S. News & World Report.  Georgia Trend has also recognized her as a top lawyer.  In addition, she is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and chosen by the American Registry as one of the North American Top Attorney.  A sought after speaker and commentator, Amanda has been featured as a legal thought leader in publications and news segments, including a  two-night special on CBS Atlanta News on a Survival Guide for the First 24 Hours After Losing Your Job and multiple other news stations and stories.  Human resource professionals and employment defense attorneys seek out her experience to teach them how to overcome the common employer mistakes from a plaintiff’s perspective.

An experienced trial lawyer, Amanda has been awarded status as a Fellow of the National College of Advocacy by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. This designation signifies commitment to effective representation of her clients and her dedication to achieving a high level of competence.  Additionally, Amanda is a Fellow in the Lawyer’s Foundation of Georgia. Membership in the Fellows Program is an honor which recognizes lawyers whose public and private careers demonstrate outstanding legal abilities and a devotion to their communities.

In addition to her law practice, Amanda currently serves as the Immediate Past President to the Atlanta Bar Association Labor & Employment section.  She is active on the Public Affairs Committee and Press Advisory Board to the American Association of Justice.  She is also a founding member and has worked closely with Water-Life-Hope, a non-profit organization that works to bring running water to the impoverished in Haiti. 

Amanda has previously served as the president of the Atlanta Council for Younger Lawyers; president of the National Employment Lawyers Association, Georgia Chapter; co-chair of the American Association of Justice Wage and Hour Litigation Group, on the Executive Boards of the Atlanta Bar Association, chair of the Inadequate Security Litigation Group for the American Association of Justice, member of the Executive Committee to the Atlanta Bar Association; member of the Advisory Council to the National Crime Victim Bar Association; and on the Boards of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Crime Victim Advocacy Council, State Bar of Georgia Younger Lawyers Division, and several domestic violence and women’s rights organizations.

Amanda has spoken and been published extensively on sexual harassment, overtime and employment cases, litigating cases for civil justice for crime victims and sexual assault, including for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Association for Justice, the National Crime Victim Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the National Employment Lawyers Association, among many others. In addition, Amanda has been an invited faculty member for the Emory School of Law Trial Advocacy Program and for the National Employment Lawyers’ Association Trial Boot Camp.  Recently, Amanda was one of a selected few employment lawyers asked to serve on the Eleventh Circuit Committee to revise the Pattern Jury Instructions on employment related issues.

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