Overview

Noelle Abastillas focuses her practice on labor and employment law. She has experience in all facets of employment law, from advising employers on leave entitlement and workplace accommodation issues to litigating employment discrimination and class action lawsuits throughout the country. Ms. Abastillas has also coordinated responses to OSHA investigations and negotiated resolution of OSHA citations.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Abastillas worked as an associate in an Atlanta-based civil litigation and business law firm where she maintained a general civil litigation practice, including medical malpractice defense, construction law, premises liability, and governmental liability, in addition to employment law. Ms. Abastillas has defended employers in wage and hour litigation, employment discrimination proceedings, whistleblower claims and breach of contract actions.

While attending law school, Ms. Abastillas interned for the Honorable John J. Goger in the Superior Court of Fulton County and for the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also served as the President of the Asian American Law Students Association.

Ms. Abastillas was recognized in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as a Georgia "Rising Star" in Employment Litigation (Defense) by Super Lawyers magazine.
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Experience

Represented a national security services firm in litigation filed in the Southern District of Florida by a former employee who claimed that she was not paid overtime for all hours worked. The district court granted without prejudice the client’s motion to dismiss, and a favorable settlement was reached.

Represented a corrugated packaging company in litigation filed in the Eastern District of Tennessee by a former employee who claimed that the client failed to reasonably accommodate his disability in violation of the ADA. The client prevailed at summary judgment, and the district court dismissed the plaintiff’s ADA claim.

Represented a corrugated packaging company in litigation filed in Ohio by a former employee who claimed that he was terminated because of his age. The jury awarded a verdict for the client, which was affirmed on appeal.

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Education

University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Political Science (2003)

Emory University School of Law, J.D. (2008)

Admissions

Georgia (2008)

Court Admissions

Georgia Supreme Court

Georgia Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

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Professional & Community Activities

Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Member
   Labor and Employment Law Section, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee

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