Joseph C. Chancey is the managing partner for all offices of the Firm. As managing partner, he is responsible for guiding and implementing the strategic vision of the partnership. Additionally, he is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the firm, including oversight of the human resources, information technology, accounting and marketing departments. Additionally, he continues to serve the role of in-house counsel for small to medium-sized companies and consults on day-to-day employment and compliance issues.
Mr. Chancey has been practicing for over 30 years and focuses in the areas of commercial and employment law. He has effectively defended cases that run the gamut of employment laws, including discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour claims, and claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act. He also has substantial experience in cases involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. He is a frequent and popular speaker on employment law topics. In 2018, he was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America© 25th edition in Real Estate Litigation in Atlanta.
Florida State University, College of Law, J.D., 1985, with highest honors
Mercer University, B.A. 1982, cum laude
All Georgia State and Federal Courts
USDC Northern and Middle Districts
U.S. Supreme Court
3rd Circuit Court of Appeals
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
8th Circuit Court of Appeals
State Bar of Georgia
Atlanta Bar Association, General Practice, Trial Law and Labor, and Employment Law Sections
American Bar Association
Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Chairman's Club
Related News, Publications & Presentations
DEF Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. Best Lawyers. August 2019.
DEF Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Best Lawyers. August 2018.
"Employment Law Considerations: ADA, FMLA, Age Discrimination, Union Rights."ADR in the Workers' Compensation Arena. Atlanta, Georgia. January 2016.
“Hot Topics in Employment Law.” Presentation for Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Seminar. October 2015.
“Dealing with the Disabled Employee: Potential Issues with Discipline and Discharge.” Presentation for HB Next Educational Series, Atlanta, GA. March 2015.
"The Aging Workforce, Employment Law Concerns, And Whether Your Workers’ Compensation General Release Really Resolves All Of Your Employment Law Issues.” Presentation for ICLE’s ADR in the Workers’ Compensation Arena, Webcast. January 2015.
"Growing Pains - Legal Issues That Crop Up for Small and Growing Businesses." Presentation with Meredith Guerrero and David Smith for the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Section. February 2014.
Co-author, Employment Law Desk Manual, 2011, publication for clients of Drew Eckl & Farnham.
“2011 Employment Law Update” and “Navigating the Bermuda Triangle of Workers’ Compensation, The Americans with Disabilities Act and The Family and Medical Leave Act.” Joe Chancey and Dan Kniffen. Presentations to the Georgia Department of Labor, Savannah Georgia. September 2011.