Ronald G. Polly, Jr.

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303 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA 30308-3243

Ron Polly is a senior partner and leads the labor and employment group at Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. His practice is national in scope representing companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to small privately held entities and public employers.   

Professional Experience

Ron 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 Ron has handled includes, among other things, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, EPA, FMLA, USERRA, STAA, FLSA, and other similar state statutes. In addition, Ron handles both class and collective actions involving claims of discrimination and wage hour issues. Apart from standard discrimination lawsuits, Ron 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.

Professional affiliations



Presenter, “ERISA and Employment Litigation: Hot Topics, Developments and Beyond,” In-house CLE Series, Schaumberg, Illinois (June 23, 2016)

Presenter, "The Work Field: Hire or Fire? Still Different Approaches in the U.S. and E.U.," ALFA International Client Seminar (March 2016)

Presenter, "Things Every Employer Should Know About: Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions," ALFA International Labor & Employment Seminar (July 2015)

Moderator, “Fasten Your Seat Belt, It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Ride — A Bridge Too Far:  Managing U.S. Employees Based Outside the U.S.,” ALFA International Client Seminar (March 2012)

Moderator, “Are You Ready For a New Era? — Point/Counterpoint: How to Assess Cases From Three Perspectives — Plaintiff, Defendant and The Bench,” ALFA International Labor & Employment Section (March 2010)

Presenter, “Global Labor & Employment Law: A Business View with a Legal Eye,” ALFA International Seminar (March 2009)

Moderator, “Acceptable Risks: The Intersection of Insurance Law, Business and Employment,” ALFA EPLI (June 2008)

Presenter, “Employer of The Year or The Office: Which One Are You?” ALFA Labor & Employment Seminar (October 2007)

Program Chair, “A Decent Proposal?  Taking an Employment Law Claim to Verdict,” ALFA ICS (March 2006)

2006 Motorcoach Expo (January 2006)

Southeastern Pool and Spa Show (2005 and 2006)

Presenter, “Under Siege: Communicating with the Client — Computer Aided Decision Tree Risk Analysis,” ALFA Labor & Employment Seminar (November 2004)

Moderator, “Risky Business:  The Wages of Sin,” ALFA ICS (March 2003)

Articles and publications


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J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law (1991)

B.S., University of Virginia (1987)

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