- Employment Law
- Class and Collective Action Litigation
- Complex Commercial Litigation
University of Georgia School of Law
- J.D. 2012, cum laude
- Georgia Law Review: Editorial Board Member, Articles Editor
- Recipient of the Law School Association Scholarship
University of Georgia
- B.A. English 2009, magna cum laude
- Honors Program
- Recipient of multiple merit-based scholarships
- State Bar of Georgia
- U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- Georgia Supreme Court and
Court of Appeals
Shawna M. Miller
Shawna Miller has successfully represented businesses in a variety of litigation matters across the country, including labor and employment, complex commercial litigation, financial services, and appellate matters. Shawna has represented telecommunications companies, national banks, financial corporations, chemical companies, and others in both federal and state jurisdictions. Shawna has extensive experience defending corporate employers against claims of harassment, retaliation, and discrimination, as well as defending putative state and federal wage and hour collective and class actions. Shawna has also represented financial corporations in actions under the Truth-In-Lending Act, the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and other federal and state consumer protection statutes.
Shawna has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Georgia Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine.
Prior to entering private practice, Shawna attended law school at the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served on the Georgia Law Review. Prior to law school, Shawna attended the University of Georgia as part of the Honors Program, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English. Shawna received numerous merit-based scholarships for her achievements during her undergraduate education and during law school. Shawna has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers® and Atlanta Magazine.
- Represents companies and employers in all aspects of labor and employment and commercial litigation, including race, gender, national origin, age, and disability discrimination matters; wage and hour disputes; class and collective actions; breach of contract claims; and common-law tort claims.
- Represented national cable telecommunications company in action brought by seven former employees alleging disparate treatment and disparate impact discrimination. Obtained summary judgment on all claims. Swann v. Time Warner Entm’t Co., L.P., — F. Supp. 3d —, 2015 WL 8767397 (S.D. Ohio Dec. 15, 2015).
- Represents employers in various class and collective actions across a number of jurisdictions, including putative class actions alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and state law equivalents.
- Successfully represented financial service companies in numerous federal district court lawsuits, obtaining dismissals on first motion or summary judgment in almost every case. These dismissals were affirmed on appeal. See, e.g., Fortson v. Best Rate Funding Corp., et al., 602 Fed. App’x 479 (2015); De Souza v. JPMorgan Chase Home Lending Div., 608 Fed. App’x 776 (2015); Deverze v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 778 S.E. 223 (2015).
- Obtained summary judgment for government-sponsored-enterprise client in commercial lawsuit involving claims of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duties, among others. The Fourth Circuit affirmed. Wade v. Fed. Nat’l Morg. Ass’n, et al., 583 Fed. App’x 291 (2014).
- Represented companies and employers in proceedings before administrative bodies and tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state administrative agencies.
- Routinely advises companies regarding employment policies and personnel decisions, including employee handbooks, discipline and termination decisions, social media policies, and non-competition agreements.
- Successfully negotiated favorable settlement for employer in lawsuit asserting collective FLSA claims and individual claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).
- Endorsement Clauses in a Post-White Legal System: Why These Restrictions Do Not Violate a Judicial Candidate’s First Amendment Right to Free Speech, 46 L. Rev. 495 (2011).
- Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Georgia Super Lawyers and Atlanta Magazine