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Ronald G. Polly, Jr.Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP, Atlanta, GA, is the Managing Partner of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP, where he serves on the Firm's Policy Committee and is also the head of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.  He is also the Partner-in-Charge of the Atlanta office. His practice is national in scope representing companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to small privately held entities and public employers.  He has extensive expertise in counseling and litigation, and he handles complaints from the initial charge through the trial and appellate stages. To date, the range of litigation matters Mr. Polly has handled includes, among other things, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, EPA, FMLA,USERRA, STAA, FLSA, and other similar state statutes. In addition, Mr. Polly handles both class and collective actions involving claims of discrimination and wage hour issues. Apart from standard discrimination lawsuits, Mr. Polly has considerable experience prosecuting and defending matters involving misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of restrictive covenants, tortious interference with contractual and business relations as well as breach of loyalty and fiduciary obligations.  Mr. Polly obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1987 and J.D. from the University Of Kentucky College Of Law in 1991. Mr. Polly is a frequent speaker and thought leader on employment related issues. He has been ranked in Chambers USA and listed as a “Leader in their Field.” Mr. Polly is actively involved in ALFA International and has served as a member of the Board of Directors (2012-2015), Chair and Chair Emeritus of the Labor & Employment Group (2008-2011), and Vice-Chair of the Labor & Employment Group (2006-2008). Additionally, he is a Steering Committee Member for the Labor & Employment Group at the Defense Research Institute.

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