ATTORNEYS

GEORGIA ROBINETTE
Attorney, Of Counsel
Georgia Robinette
(501) 707-6107

Professional Experience

Georgia Robinette has practiced law for over 15 years with a focus on labor and employment, employee benefits, HIPAA and data privacy and contract negotiations. She represents and advises employers and plan sponsors on the state and federal laws governing employment and employee benefits. With experience advising employers on all facets of the human resources function, she brings a holistic view and practical, proactive advice to your organization.

She has extensive experience in employment law, including advising management on human resources systems and policies, maintaining a non-discriminatory workplace, managing employment claims and litigation, representing employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and OFCCP divisions of the Department of Labor and advising on litigation avoidance and strategies to improve available litigation defenses. She understands that the best approach to employment issues and disputes is to prevent them. Georgia also drafts employment policies, contracts, covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements and confidentiality agreements.

In her employee benefits practice, Georgia advises plan sponsors on compliance and benefit plan administration issues. She is experienced dealing with issues arising from the Internal Revenue Code, ERISA, the ADA, FMLA, HIPAA and COBRA and provides counsel on plan audit readiness, the design and administration of welfare benefit plans (such as life, disability, accident, health, cafeteria and wellness), retirement plans (such as pension and 401(k)) and incentive bonus programs. Her experience includes advice to plan fiduciaries on significant transactions, including pension plan funding with employer stock and real estate contributions, and she has negotiated service provider agreements with benefit plan vendors.

Georgia also has experience handling contractual disputes and negotiating significant commercial contracts, including those for professional services, sale of goods, software licensing and development, maintenance and support, SaaS, hosting, distributor, reseller, equipment leasing, online terms and conditions and other agreements. She has negotiated contracts for the sales and procurement departments of a Fortune 500 nationwide company.

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
    • Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Claims
    • Employee Hiring, Performance, Management and Termination
    • Investigations
    • Wage & Hour
    • Affirmative Action/OFCCP Compliance
    • Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation
    • Policies, Procedures and Handbooks
    • Background Checks
    • Workplace Privacy and Data Security
    • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and Lay-Offs
  • Employee Benefits
    • Benefit plans, including Health and Welfare, Retirement, Incentive Bonus and Severance
    • Participant Communications
    • Benefit Claims and Administration
    • Compliance Advice for Plan Fiduciaries
    • HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and COBRA
    • Wellness plans
    • Plan Audit Readiness
    • Plan Service Provider Agreements
  • Commercial Contracting
    • Professional Services
    • Sales Agreements
    • Software Licensing
    • SaaS and Hosting
    • Master Contractor Agreements
    • Equipment Sales and Leasing
    • Distributor and Reseller
    • Online Terms and Conditions
    • Business Associate Agreements
    • Sourcing and Procurement Practices

Court Admissions

  • Arkansas state and federal courts
  • Tennessee state and federal courts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Community Involvement

  • Arkansas Bar Association member
  • Board Member, KUAR Public Radio
  • Member of Second Presbyterian Church, Little Rock
  • Supporter, John 3:16 Ministries

Noteworthy

  • Nine years experience as in-house counsel for a publicly traded national telecommunications company
  • Former in-house counsel for Arkansas Department of Human Services
  • Served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Brown, Arkansas Supreme Court
  • Served as Law Clerk to the Honorable William C. Koch, Tennessee Supreme Court

Education

  • B.S., Arkansas State University J.D., University of Memphis