Melissa Kotun
Of Counsel

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    Education
  • BA, Political Science, French, Furman University
  • JD, University of Georgia School of Law
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Middle District of Georgia
  • Southern District of Georgia
  • Eastern District of Arkansas
  • Western District of Arkansas
  • Sixth Circuit
  • Eleventh Circuit
Awards
  • Rising Star, Georgia Super Lawyers 2014, 2015, 2016

Throughout her career, Melissa has focused exclusively on the representation of employers in employment and labor law matters. She has worked with employers of all sizes, from family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies, in a wide variety of industries.

Melissa has represented employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies and in alternative forums, successfully defending employers throughout the country against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other employment practices claims. She also frequently works with human resources and other business partners to advise on compliance, policies, practices, preventive measures, investigations, and employment decisions in order to manage risk when issues first arise.

Melissa has assisted employers in large workforce initiatives, including diversity training and reductions-in-force. Her extensive experience has given her a broad perspective in handling employee matters, allowing her to evaluate not only the legal problems to be solved, but also consider the business effects of potential solutions.

Prior to joining Stanton Law, Melissa practiced with a full service international law firm and a national labor and employment boutique law firm. After law school and prior to entering private practice, she clerked for the Honorable G.R. Smith, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Georgia and the Honorable Clay D. Land, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.

Melissa is an alumna of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation Destiny Fund and has been a volunteer advocate for the One Child, One Lawyer program of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. She also is a board member and longtime volunteer for Everybody Wins! Atlanta, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving children’s literacy and developing the reading skills of students in low-income metro Atlanta elementary schools.