Barton Black leads Patel Burkhalter’s employment practice. Barton counsels businesses on their internal human resources processes and issues and litigates employment and non-compete disputes in both state and federal courts. Barton guides businesses through the various human resources issues that arise, including hiring and separation of employees, preparation of employment handbooks and policies, preparation/analysis of non-competes and employment agreements, FLSA and compensation issues, independent contractor pitfalls, and discrimination issues and employee grievances. Barton represents businesses in employment and competition disputes covering many areas, including non-compete/non-solicitation agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets/confidential information, breaches of fiduciary duties, partnership disputes, FLSA/overtime claims, and discrimination/retaliation under equal opportunity laws.
As a trusted advisor to businesses, Barton provides common sense legal advice that helps clients grow their businesses, protect important assets, and manage risk in regard to employees, customers, and trade secrets. A former Big 4 consultant, entrepreneur, and engineer, Barton is able to navigate what most others find to be the complicated inner workings of a business in order to efficiently recognize and advise clients on their legal issues, all the while being mindful of clients’ time and money.
Barton has honed his legal skills alongside the best of the large and medium firms throughout Atlanta, resolving issues with local, national, and global reach. Barton began his law career practicing for the intellectual property group at Alston + Bird, a global law firm based in Atlanta. From there, Barton practiced with Swift Currie, a regional firm in Atlanta, focusing on business and insurance litigation. As part of his growth and evolution, Barton Black founded and managed his own firm, Barton Black Law, LLC, for several years until it merged with Patel Burkhalter.
Barton received his law degree, with honors, from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2007. While in law school, he served on the Moot Court Board, the Student Bar Association, and was a finalist in the National Moot Court Competition. Barton received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, with honors, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000.
When not practicing law, Barton enjoys spending time with his two young daughters, Billie and Jess, and his wife, Brin, as well as his dogs, Murphy and Cooper. Barton loves golf and dreams of finding more time to play and work on his game. Barton and his family are active members of Northside United Methodist Church, and Barton and Brin support several non-profits that focus on improving the lives of Africans.