Practice Areas

  • Employment Law

  • Class and Collective Litigation

  • Wage and Hour Litigation

  • Restrictive Covenant and Trade Secret Litigation

  • TCPA Litigation and Compliance



Education

Georgia State University College of Law

  • J.D. 2015, magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Legislation Editor, Georgia State University Law Review
  • Outer Barrister’s Guild

Excelsior College

  • B.A. Liberal Studies, 2011
    magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia

  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Georgia Supreme Court

  • Georgia Court of Appeals

Joshua Joel

Josh is an employment and business litigator and a member of KCO’s employment and class action defense litigation team. He has successfully represented a full range of businesses with an emphasis on emerging tech companies. Josh has substantial experience advising clients in a wide range of employment litigation, and counseling at both mid-size and large law firms in Atlanta.  This includes, representing clients in disputes involving restrictive covenants, trade secrets, discrimination, wage and hour, OSHA, and FMLA. He also counsels his clients on TCPA and consumer protection compliance and other day-to-day business issues.

Josh graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the Georgia State University College of Law, where he served as Legislation Editor for the Georgia State Law Review and interned for Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson of the Supreme Court of Georgia. After law school, Josh served as a staff attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Prior to law school, Josh lived nearly a decade in Israel, where he obtained his Bachelors in Talmudic Literature from Yeshiva Bais Yisroel and rabbinic ordination from the Supreme Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem. He is proficient in Hebrew and has worked with Israeli-based startups and other companies.

Josh also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Torah Day School of Atlanta, including chairing their legal advisory committee, and has held various Board of Trustees roles at Congregation Beth Jacob. He is a member of the Board of Councilors for the American Jewish Community and volunteers his time with a number of other non-profit organizations.

  • Counsels scaling and emerging national tech companies on TCPA and consumer protection compliance.
  • Provides general employment and human resources compliance counseling.
  • Represents management in restrictive covenant and employment law litigation in state and federal court.
  • Prevailed as first chair in a motion for injunction on behalf of a medical practice based on a departing physician’s violations of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment against plaintiff in religious harassment and retaliation lawsuit, which was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of religious harassment and retaliation claim brought by an employee of a large international company.
  • Obtained preliminary injunctive relief in trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation against a departing sales manager on behalf of a national construction supply company.
  • Prevailed in motion to dismiss on behalf of a residential property management client against an employee’s alleged violations of the TCPA.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a hotel management company in a federal lawsuit alleging race and sex discrimination, as well as violations of the FLSA.
  • A Compelling Interest? Using Old Conceptions of Public Health Law to Challenge the Affordable Care Act’s Contraceptive Mandate, 31 Ga. St. L. R. 613 (2015)
  • What Every Defense Attorney Needs to Know About Sexual Harassment: A Primer, Georgia Defense Lawyer, Winter 2018
  • Buyer Beware: Navigating Successor Employment in Asset Purchase Agreements, For the Defense, January 2019
  • When Job Applicants Lie: Implementing Policies to Protect Your Company, Workforce Magazine, June 1, 2019
  • Employees Anonymous: Alcoholism, Addiction in the Workplace, and the Twelve Steps to Handle Them, March 2021
  • After Bostock: Counseling Clients on Their Employment Law Obligations to LGBTQ Employees, For the Defense Magazine, April 2021
  • Having Difficult Conversations Can Help Build A Better World Of Work, People Managing People, July 2022
  • Featured in: Discrimination in Hiring Is Always Bad. But It Might Not Always Be Illegal and If You Say One of these 11 Phrases at Work, Prepare to Be Sued, Inc.com.
  • Johnson v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., No. CV SAG-17-1771, 2019 WL 4860961 (D. Md. Oct. 2, 2019), aff’d, 839 F. App’x 781 (4th Cir. 2021)
  • Johnson v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., No. CV JKB-19-1916, 2020 WL 231379 (D. Md. Jan. 15, 2020)
  • Miner, Ltd. v. Angiano, No. EP-19-CV-00082-FM, 2019 WL 9633301 (W.D. Tex. Dec. 6, 2019)
  • Pigford v. Flotel Inc., No. 117CV01652SCJRGV, 2018 WL 10741753, at *1 (N.D. Ga. Nov. 19, 2018), report and recommendation adopted, No. 1:17-CV-1652-SCJ, 2018 WL 10741755 (N.D. Ga. Dec. 10, 2018)
  • Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch
  • Defense Research Institute, Employment Law Planning Committee
  • Board of Councilors – American Jewish Committee, Southern Region
  • Board of Trustees – Congregation Beth Jacob
  • Board of Trustees- Torah Day School of Atlanta