John L. Mays

Top rated employment & labor attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

Parks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C.
John L. Mays
Parks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C.

Practice Areas: Employment & labor, Employment litigation; view more

Licensed in Georgia since: 2010

Education: Emory University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021

Parks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C.

75 14th Street
26th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30309 Visit website


Based in Atlanta, Georgia and representing clients nationwide, John L. Mays is an employment law attorney and parnter at Parks, Chesin & Walbert. His practice focuses on class action wage and hour litigation but extends to cases of retaliation, wrongful termination, discrimination and sexual harassment. Throughout his almost 10-year career, Mr. Mays has worked with clients in many industries, including the retail sales, customer service/call center, restaurant, oil and gas, trucking, mining, manufacturing, hotel/hospitality, government contracts, pharmaceutical, child care, and technology industries.

Mr. Mays is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Atlanta Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section and the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to working with employees to improve their working conditions, he works with businesses to reduce labor costs without sacrificing the quality of the workplace.

Admitted to practice in the state of Georgia, Mr. Mays is also admitted to practice before the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Middle  and Northern Districts of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Mr. Mays earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2004 from Columbia University, then moved on to attend Emory University School of Law. While in law school, he was the Emory International Law Review’s notes and comments editor and received the dean’s scholarship.

For his excellent work with previous clients, Mr. Mays has an Avvo “Superb” rating. His individual and business clients benefit from his real-work experience, skill and knowledge of employment and business law. 

Practice areas

Employment & labor: employee, Employment litigation: plaintiff, Employment litigation: defense

Focus areas

Wage & hour laws, Sexual harassment, Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Retaliation

  • 50% Employment & labor: employee
  • 30% Employment litigation: plaintiff
  • 20% Employment litigation: defense

First Admitted: 2010, Georgia

Professional Webpage:

  • Notes & Comments Editor for the Emory International Law Review, Emory University School of Law
  • Dean's Scholarship recipient, Emory University School of Law
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Krishnamurthy, PK, Mays, JL, Bijur, GN, Johnson, GV. Transient oxidative stress in SH-SYSY human neuroblastoma cells results in caspase dependent and independent cell death and tau proteolysis. J. Neurosci. Res. 2000 Sep 1: 61(5): 515-523 (concerning treatments for preventing paralysis in stroke victims)
  • Georgia employment lawyers address why the same technologies that make it easier and less expensive to run a business seem to increase the costs of discovery and litigation., Author, What Attorneys Don't Know about ESI Can Hurt Their Cases, Fulton County Daily Report, 2015
  • Article about data security in the context of litigation., Author, Considering Data Security from the Discovery Perspective, Legaltech News, 2015
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Superior Courts
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 2017
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, 2011
  • National Employment Lawyers Association - Georgia Chapter
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Georgia Appleseed, Volunteer, Participated in project on school disciplinary policies in Georgia schools
Educational Background:
  • Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts, 2004
Representative Clients:
  • Represented a nationwide class of over 20,000 call center workers, 2019
  • Represented a trucking company with over 700 drivers, 2019
  • Obtained settlement of $5,500,000 on behalf of call center workers in overtime case, 2019
  • Obtained court-approved settlement on behalf of a nationwide class of over 1,000 call center workers and was awarded $717,257 in attorneys' fees and costs by U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Case No. 4:15-cv-81) in overtime case, 2018
  • Alhallaq v. Radha Soami Trading, LLC, 2012 WL 1994664 (11th Cir. June 5, 2012)
Industry Groups:
  • Childcare
  • Customer Service
  • Finance
  • Government Contracts
  • Hospitality
  • Hotel
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Oil And Gas
  • Restaurant
  • Retail Sales
  • Technology
  • Trucking

Office location for John L. Mays

75 14th Street
26th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone: 877-958-5712


1 Year Super Lawyers
8 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2021

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