Evan Gibbs

Associate

Atlanta
Business Phone: 404.885.3093
Business Fax: 404.885.3900

evan.gibbs@troutman.com

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Evan Gibbs litigates disputes throughout the United States. He primarily handles trade secret and restrictive covenant matters, whistleblower and retaliation claims, as well as single- and multi-plaintiff claims under all major U.S. employment statutes. Evan also advises employers on compliance issues under state and federal law, and defends companies against government investigations and audits.

In addition to his employment practice, Evan handles commercial disputes involving breach of contract and other common law and statutory claims. Evan also has significant experience litigating constitutional claims against and on behalf of government entities.

Evan is a bi-weekly employment law contributor for the popular legal news site AboveTheLaw.com.

Representative Matters

  • Argued multiple successful summary judgment motions and other procedural and evidentiary motions
  • Took and defended dozens of depositions later used in winning dispositive and non-dispositive motions
  • Handled high-level workplace investigations involving executives as well as elected and appointed government officials
  • Assisted with labor arbitrations and in collective bargaining agreement negotiations
  • Defended on-site investigations by various federal government agencies

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

  • “11th Circuit Survey and Update,” 42nd Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum, 2016.
  • "Advanced Hiring Topics," HR Florida Annual Conference, 2016.
  • "Anatomy of an Employment Lawsuit," HR Florida Annual Conference, 2015.
  • “11th Circuit Update,” 41st Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum, 2015.
  • “The NLRB, Handbooks, and Technology Issues in the Workplace,” SHRM Jacksonville Annual Legal Update, 2014.
  • “Separation Agreements: One Size Does Not Fit All,” SHRM Jacksonville 6th Annual Conference and Expo, 2014.
  • “Seriously?! Lessons Learned from the Craziest Employment Cases of the Past Year,” HR Florida Annual Conference, 2014.
  • “Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace,” Comprehensive Employment Law Seminar - Sterling Education Services, 2014.
  • “11th Circuit and Florida Public Sector Update,” 40th Annual Florida Public Employment Labor Relations Forum, 2014.
  • “Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation,” SHRM Valdosta, 2013.
  • “HR Compliance Auditing Made Easy,” HR Florida Annual Conference, 2013.
  • “Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace,” Fundamentals of Employment Law, 2013.
  • “Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims,” Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Conference, 2013.
  • “Details of Veterans Proposed Rules,” First Coast Area Federal Contractors Webinar, 2013.
  • “Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Annual Update,” SHRM Jacksonville Annual Legal Update, 2013.
  • “11th Circuit Case Law Survey and Update,” 39th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum, 2013.
  • “11th Circuit Case Law Survey and Update,” 38th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum, 2012.

Publications

  • "Let's Get Objective About Objectionable Objections," The Florida Bar Journal, July 2016.
  • "Student Athletes as Employees?," The Florida Bar Journal, March 2015.
  • "Monsters of the Digital Age," JD Supra, 2015.
  • “EEOC Issues New Guidance,” HR Matters, 2014.
  • Is FLSA Successorship Liability Viable in the Eleventh Circuit?The Checkoff, Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, 2014.
  • Employee’s Signature Can Bind Company to Collective Bargaining Agreement When Company President Refuses to Sign,” Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section E-Alert, 2014.
  • “Legislative Update: The Florida Information Protection Act,” HR Matters, 2014.
  • “Florida Supreme Court: Proposal for Settlement Statute Does Not Apply to an Action for Both Damages and Equitable Relief,” The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section E-Alert, 2013.
  • “How the Courts are Weighing in on Obesity as a Disability,” HR Matters, 2013.
  • “Eleventh Circuit Holds Liquidated Damages are not Mandatory in FLSA Retaliation Cases,” The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section E-Alert, 2013.
  • “EEOC Issues its Strategic Enforcement Plan,” HR Matters, 2013.
  • “How the Courts are Weighing in on Obesity as a Disability,” HR Matters, 2013.
  • “Florida Supreme Court: Proposal for Settlement Statute Does Not Apply to an action for Both Damages and Equitable Relief,” Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section, 2013.
  • Mooting the Mootness Issue as Moot?: Szymcyk's Impact on FLSA Litigation in Florida and Beyond,” The Florida Bar Journal, 2013.
  • “Is FLSA Successorship Liability Viable in the Eleventh Circuit?,” The Checkoff, Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, 2013.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • SHRM Atlanta 
  • SHRM Jacksonville (Board of Directors, 2012–2015) 
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Courts 
  • Leadership St. Johns (Class of 2016) 
  • Leadership Jacksonville (CLE, Class of 2010)

Rankings and Recognition

  • Recognized as a Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015 & 2016

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Education

  • Florida State University, J.D., 2011
    Editorial Board, Florida State University Law Review
  • Valdosta State University, B.A., 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia