- Employment Law
- Class and Collective Action Litigation
- Wage and Hour Litigation
- Traditional Labor Relations
- Complex Commercial Litigation
Florida State University College of Law
- J.D. 2005, summa cum laude
- Law Review and Moot Court
- B.A. History and Political Science 2002, summa cum laude
- CC Bayley Prize for Excellence in History
- Varsity Lacrosse
- State Bar of Georgia
- State Bar of Alabama
- State Bar of Florida
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, Middle District of Florida, and District of Colorado
- United States Supreme Court
Nathan D. Chapman
Nathan Chapman is a founding partner of KCO and practices labor and employment and complex commercial litigation. Nathan has represented clients in commercial class actions, wage-and-hour class and collective actions, and complex commercial cases involving products liability claims, intellectual property issues, shareholder disputes, breach-of-contract and business tort claims, antitrust and unfair competition claims, restrictive covenants, real estate disputes, employment discrimination, and other complex commercial matters. Nathan has represented a wide array of companies, ranging from start-ups to multinationals, in the telecommunications, cable television, petrochemical, automotive manufacturing, information technology, construction and construction materials, and energy industries. This includes representing clients before state and federal courts, as well as before the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and numerous other state and federal agencies. Nathan has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Atlanta Magazine.
Nathan earned his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where he graduated with highest distinction, won the CC Bayley Prize for excellence in History, and played varsity lacrosse. Nathan then attended the Florida State University College of Law, where he served on the Law Review and the Moot Court team. During law school, Nathan completed a judicial externship for the Honorable Robert T. Benton, II, at Florida’s First District Court of Appeal. Nathan graduated from Florida State University College of Law summa cum laude and entered private practice in 2005.
- Obtained summary judgment for national auto manufacturer on claims brought by 22 former employees for invasion of privacy, wrongful discharge, and violations of Fair Credit Reporting Act arising from workplace investigation. Warinner v. North Am. Sec. Solutions, Inc., et al., 2008 WL 2355727 (W.D. Ky. June 5, 2008).
- Obtained summary judgment for telecommunications company on age discrimination claim. Hadaway v. Noble Systems Corp., 2009 WL 4067261 (W.D. Okla. Nov. 23, 2009).
- Obtained summary judgment for auto manufacturer on race and gender discrimination claims. Billingslea v. Ford Motor Co., 2010 WL 4861500 (W.D.N.Y. Nov. 30, 2010).
- Obtained summary judgment for national cable telecommunications company on claims for disparate treatment and disparate impact discrimination brought by seven former employees. Swann v. Time Warner Entertainment Co., L.P., 2014 WL 2573079 (S.D. Oh. June 9, 2014).
- Defended national cable telecommunications company against putative class action Family and Medical Leave Act claims brought by call center representatives. Obtained voluntary dismissal of putative class action and withdrawal of lawsuit upon filing of motion to dismiss.
- Successfully defended financial services company against Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claims in proceeding before OSHA.
- Regularly defends hotels, financial services companies, restaurants, medical services companies, telecommunications companies, cable companies, and non-profit organizations against claims for race, age, gender, national origin, and disability discrimination claims in proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies and in state and federal courts nationwide.
- Regularly drafts employee handbooks and related policies to ensure compliance with federal and state employment laws in numerous states including California, Georgia, New York, and Florida.
- Conducts training for in-house counsel and management representatives on compliance with employment laws of various states.
- Drafted, negotiated, and litigated the enforceability of restrictive covenants and employee confidentiality agreements under Georgia, Florida, New York, Delaware, Colorado, California, Texas, and Illinois law.
- Conducted numerous internal corporate investigations for employers regarding fraud, embezzlement, and theft of trade secrets.
Wage and Hour, Class and Collective Actions
- Obtained summary judgment under New York and federal law on all class and collective action claims asserted by field service technicians for unpaid wages, missed meal breaks, off-the-clock work, and commute time for national cable company. Beecher v. TWC Administration LLC, No. 1:15-cv-00154-WMS-JJM (W.D.N.Y. Oct. 18, 2016).
- Obtained summary judgment on claims under California law for unpaid wages and off-the-clock commute time asserted by field service technicians for national cable company and obtained favorable settlement of remaining claims for failure to provide meal and rest breaks, failure to pay wages due at termination, and failure to provide accurate paystubs.
- Obtained nuisance value individual settlement of putative class action brought by former field service technician against national cable company asserting claims for unpaid wages and other claims under California law. Matter settled prior to class certification after discovery motion practice where court expressed serious concerns about plaintiff’s suitability as class representative.
- Obtained nuisance value settlement of collective action under Fair Labor Standards Act brought against national cable company by call center workers in Colorado.
- Successfully defended national cable company in enforcement action brought by Department of Labor in Texas to recover alleged unpaid wages and overtime under Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Reached favorable settlement of collective action brought by former call center employees in Florida against national cable company under Fair Labor Standards Act. Settled the matter on individual basis prior to conditional certification with approximately 60 employees out of putative class of approximately 7,000.
Complex Commercial Litigation
- Successfully defended international chemical company on products liability and negligence claims arising from natural gas explosion.
- Defended commercial equipment manufacturer against price-fixing and collusion claims in antitrust class action and enforcement action by Department of Justice. Obtained favorable settlement and dismissal in both proceedings.
- Successfully pursued claims for breach of contract on behalf of commercial landlord against national coffee chain.
- Successfully defended information technology company and individual employees against claims for breach of contract, tortious interference, and theft of trade secrets arising from alleged violations of restrictive covenants in employment agreements.
- Zach Winnick, Time Warner Field Technician Drops Class Wage Claims, LAW360, April 30, 2012
- Recognized as one of Georgia’s “Rising Stars” by Georgia Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Georgia