Overview

For more than twenty years, Stuart Roberts has helped employers solve problems arising in the workplace, both as a litigator and counselor.  Stuart’s primary experience is defending lawsuits and arbitration claims brought by employees  under federal and state discrimination laws wage and hour laws, whistleblower statutes and many other laws that govern the employment relationship. 

Stuart strives to understand the business of each client, the products they make, the services they provide and the internal culture they try to maintain.  This background allows him to counsel clients based on their unique characteristics, needs and strategies.  For example, Stuart guides employers through employee discipline and termination issues with an eye on consistency of outcomes and the goal of avoiding litigation.  Stuart also crafts employment policies/handbooks and employment agreements for C-suite executives and other key employees that are customized to the needs of the organization.  He also helps employers navigate through reductions in force and drafts severance agreements for those affected.  Stuart also assists employers when visited or audited by OSHA, the Department of Labor, the OFCCP and other government enforcement agencies.     

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2015-2021
  • Recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2011-2018

Experience

Experience

  • Defended nationwide class and collective actions seeking alleged unpaid overtime and minimum wages
  • Represented a national retail chain in a collective action filed under the Equal Pay Act
  • Obtained dismissal of Form U-5 defamation claims brought by a former employee against a large brokerage firm
  • Successfully defended a manufacturing client against claims that it induced an employee to breach a non-compete agreement with a previous employer ,
  • Earned dismissal of a class action by employees of an automotive supplier who claimed injuries from alleged exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Obtained dismissal of personal injury claims brought by a class of 90 employees of an automobile supplier who alleged they suffered respiratory disease as a result of workplace exposure to chemicals, Hudson v. Renosol Seating, LLC, 73 So.3d 1267 (Ala. Civ. App. 2011)
  • Successfully defended international broker-dealer in FINRA arbitration matter alleging national origin discrimination and federal and California law
  • Obtained summary judgment for national auto parts company in a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Successfully defended telecommunications company in Eleventh Circuit appeal of district court order granting summary judgment on employee’s ADA discrimination and retaliation claims
  • Obtained dismissal of employee’s defamation claims arising from alleged falsification of the reason for her termination

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Associations & Organizations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association

Get to Know Stuart

Get to Know Stuart

When Stuart is not at work, he enjoys playing golf, cheering for his Tennessee Volunteers and subjecting his wife and three school-age kids to his terrible dad jokes.   Stuart is also active in civic, community and charitable organizations, serving as a member of the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments in his hometown and as a board member for a local church that feeds and ministers to the homeless,   Stuart has also been honored as a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Class and takes pride in teaching his kids the value of hand-on public service. 

Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville, B.S., summa cum laude, 1993

Admissions

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Virginia
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • 2019 Best Lawyers
  • 2018 Best Lawyers
  • 2018 Super Lawyers
  • 2017 Best Lawyers - Firm
  • 2017 Super Lawyers
  • 2016 Super Lawyers
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