Our Wage & Hour Attorneys
Charles R. Bridgers
Charles was born in Savannah, Georgia, and attended Emory University where he graduated in 1989 with a double major in Biology and History.
He has been practicing law in Atlanta since he graduated cum laude from Georgia State University School of Law in 1993. Charles has served as counsel in over two hundred wage and hour cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. He has tried numerous civil matters including successful verdicts in the employment area. He is general counsel for a number of closely held businesses in the Atlanta area including physician practices and restaurant groups. He has extensive experience in non-profit law and litigation including representing numerous religious and not-for-profit organizations, and has served as local counsel and conflict counsel for nationally recognized law firms.
Charles holds an AV / Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; FLSA/Wage and Hour Litigation; Non-Profit Law
Admitted to Practice: All state courts in Georgia; the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia; and the U. S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 6th and 11th Circuits.
Community Involvement: Vice-Chair, Lutheran Services of Georgia, a state-wide provider of social services for adoptions, refugee services, foster care, family intervention and disaster services; Organizer, Oak Grove Foundation of DeKalb County; Member, Planning and Review Committee, Novus Way Ministries; Member, Georgia Salzburger Society.
Kevin D. Fitzpatrick, Jr.
Kevin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oglethorpe University in 1978 and a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law in 1982. In 2011, Spring Hill College awarded Kevin a Certificate of Ecclesial Ministry. From 1982 to 1986, Kevin served as in-house counsel for the Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 3. During this time he represented the union in 10 Southeastern states and participated in contract negotiations between CWA and BellSouth. After leaving CWA, Kevin spent 16 years as a staff attorney and negotiator for the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the nation’s largest pilots’ union. While at ALPA, he provided strategic guidance and lead bargaining efforts with both major and regional airlines, including Delta Air Lines. He has extensive experience in FAA Enforcement actions and NTSB aircraft accident investigations. Kevin is an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Legal Service Plan Attorney. He is a member of the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association and the Railway Labor Act Committee of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.
Mr. Fitzpatrick serves on the Board of Trustees of Oglethorpe University. He is a past President of the Saint Thomas More Society of Atlanta and has also served as Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. He is also a coach for the Marist High School Mock Trial Team.
Practice Areas: Aviation Law, Employment Law, Commercial Law
Admitted to Practice: All state courts in Georgia; the U.S. District Court for the Northern and the Middle Districts of Georgia; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 5th and 11th Circuits; and the U. S. Supreme Court.
Mitchell D. Benjamin
Mitchell Benjamin is a partner at DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick, & Benjamin, LLC with 21 years of experience. Mitchell was born and raised in New York City and began his practice in NYC after attending university and law school there.
Mitchell focuses primarily on the practice areas of wage and hour law and commercial litigation He has represented more than a thousand employees in a variety of employment-related disputes involving retaliation, unpaid overtime, minimum wages, sexual harassment and discrimination claims based on race, age, gender, national origin and disability in both the state and federal courts.
He is dedicated to the unique interests of each individual, business and union that comes to him for help. Mitchell applies his mediation skills to resolve claims by settlement and agreement when possible. However, he is ready to aggressively litigate cases in court when necessary to achieve justice.
Mitchell frequently represents public safety officers — such as police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics — in overtime cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), in addition to handling their grievances, appeals and civil service hearings. He also represents firefighter unions in the Georgia counties of, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Coweta. In 2008, Mitchell represented more than 600 City of Atlanta police officers in an overtime lawsuit, resulting in a $7,500,000 settlement. In 2013, Mitchell and Matthew Billips won a $2.6 million jury verdict in a single employee race discrimination case.
Because of his extensive knowledge of labor laws, several proactive businesses and public entities have retained Mitchell’s services to review their overtime and wage policies for compliance issues and to recommend important changes.
Mitchell has appeared as a guest on The Layman’s Lawyer on PBS.
- New York, 1994
- U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1994
- Georgia, 1996
- U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia, 1997
- Georgia Court of Appeals, 2015
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., cum laude, 1993
- State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., 1989
- National Political Science Honor Society
Professional memberships and affiliations
- National Employment Lawyers Association, Georgia chapter (NELA-GA)
- Board of directors, 2004
- Treasurer, 2005 and 2006
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