Ms. Tate mediates cases involving: employment litigation, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, contracts and torts, corporate litigation, insurance coverage, school law, premises liability, and personal injury suits.
Ms. Tate graduated from the University of Georgia Honors Program in 1992, magna cum laude with high honors, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, and received her J.D., also from the University of Georgia, in 1995. Prior to starting her own practice in 2003, Ms. Tate worked for Mabry and McClelland (formerly known as Chambers, Mabry, McClelland & Brooks), where she primarily represented insurance companies in employment law, school law, personal injury and premises liability matters. Ms. Tate continued her litigation practice at Andersen, Tate & Carr where she represented both plaintiffs and defendants, primarily in employment law and business law matters.
Currently, Ms. Tate focuses her practice in the area of business litigation, with an emphasis on labor and employment matters, particularly issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Georgia Trade Secrets Act. Ms. Tate also represents plaintiffs and defendants in a multitude of business litigation matters, including matters involving restrictive covenant and trade secret disputes.
In addition to representing both businesses and individuals in trial and appellate litigation, Ms. Tate consults with companies, reviewing and drafting their policies and procedures manuals and restrictive covenant agreements.
Ms. Tate is considered an expert in her field, and has spoken throughout the Southeast on topics related to employment law, including hiring and firing issues, wage and hour issues, discrimination issues, and issues related to restrictive covenant agreements.
Ms. Tate has been given the prestigious “AV” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell National Legal Directory. Additionally, she has twice been recognized as a Georgia Rising Star “Super Lawyer” in employment law, a designation given to only 2.5% of the attorneys in the state. Her firm received the “Pinnacle Award” from the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, recognizing it as one of the top 25 small businesses in the county. Ms. Tate is a member of the Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta, and she is on the Board of Trustees for the Gwinnett Heritage and Environmental Center and Annandale Village.
What People are Saying
"My firm has enlisted Tanya to mediate numerous cases and she has done an excellent job in assisting the parties reach resolutions. She's well prepared and has a very congenial personality that is well suited for mediating. I highly recommend Tanya as a mediator."
Barrett & Farahany, LLP
"Tanya is great at building rapport and trust. She helped my client settle a case with a very fragile plaintiff and handled the emotions involved very successfully. I highly recommend her for employment mediations."
Labor & Employment Litigation Attorney Representing Employers; Shareholder, Littler
"I highly recommend Tanya as a Mediator. Her expertise and experience in both the Law and the art of Mediation is matched by her unique intuition and ability to work with people in the most difficult of circumstances. Tanya recently helped our client resolve an extremely difficult and emotional case; one I'm certain most mediators would have given up on. Tanya's reputation in the Atlanta Legal Community as an outstanding, professional and dedicated Mediator is well earned and deserved."
Drew Eckl & Farnham
"A successful mediator must have a firm grasp of the law, must understand the parties’ positions, and must have the patience to work beyond the parties’ resistance. Tanya Tate has all of these skills in spades and gets results."
Barrett & Faraha
"Tanya Tate connects with the participants in a mediation effectively. She allows for the mediation process to develop in a constructive method so that each side recognizes that her communicating proposals, conditions and messages is being done in useful fashion."
for Specialized Litigation
"Tanya and her firm handled a mediation case for our firm several years ago involving a terminated employee. They demonstrated knowledge in dealing with the issues at hand and helped turn a very negative matter that could have interrupted business for a couple years into something that was able to be resolved and settled in one day. I would definitely recommend Tanya and her team to help mediate matters."
"I used Tanya for a series of Mediations involving a client and a government agency suing that client. I found Tanya to be incredibly diligent, professional and astute, and a great asset in getting the matters resolved. She is a well-skilled mediator, as well as a delightful person, and I'd absolutely use her again for future mediations."
Troutman Sanders LLP
"Tanya impressed my client and me at our recent mediation. Not only did the case resolve for good value, Tanya continued to work until it was resolved even though she received news of a death in the family during the mediation. I would definitely use her again."
Legare, Attwood & Wolfe, LLC
"Tanya did a great job for us mediating a very contentious business dispute. She had knowledge of the law that gave her credibility with the parties and worked hard to get all sides to thoughtfully consider our respective positions and the benefits of a agreed upon outcome. I will definitely use her again for mediation and recommend her to others for business cases."
Epps, Holloway, DeLoach & Hoipkemier, LLC
"I recently used Tanya in a mediation and was very satisfied with her services. Not only was she adequately prepared, she handled my client well and assured him that he his voice was being heard. Not only do I highly recommend Tanya, I will be using her services again."
Adeash (Aj) Lakraj, Esq.
Law at Barrett & Farahany, LLP
"Tanya does an outstanding job as a mediator and I recommend her without hesitation. She is evaluative and takes the time to really learn your case. She is well versed in employment law, which adds to her effectiveness."
Member of Bressler
Amery & Ross, P.C.
"Tanya was very helpful, especially after the formal mediation. She stayed involved, and provided suggestions and advice to both sides until an agreement was reached."
Harvey R. Linder
Emory University School of Law/Attorney
"Tanya recently mediated an employment dispute for us. She is professional, personable, knowledgeable, and made our client very comfortable with the process. She was able to effectively help bring the issue to a resolution."
Employment Defense Litigation Associate Attorney
Goodman McGuffey LLP
"Tanya mediated a series of employment claims between the EEOC and a defendant that were both complex and contentious. Her knowledge of the law and her experience, having represented individuals as well as employers, was instrumental in the parties reaching a resolution that I am not sure could have been reached without her assistance."
Steven A. Wagner
Senior Trial Attorney
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
"Tanya Tate has served as mediator in a few of my cases, and each time, I was very impressed by her ability to quickly discern the fundamental issues in the case. She is able to focus the parties on a realistic understanding of their respective positions, while also addressing the risks and costs inherent in litigation. Ms. Tate's informal but direct style and her skilled guidance of the parties' discussions foster resolution in even the seemingly "hopeless" cases. She is smart, accommodating, patient, creative, and extremely helpful during the mediation process. Ms. Tate's fees are very reasonable, and the parties definitely receive significant value for the money. I highly recommend Ms. Tate as a mediator."
Jaime Theriot, Esq.
Partner, Business Litigation, Troutman Sanders, LLP
"Tanya, thanks for all the energy and effort you put into getting my case resolved. You were absolutely the greatest."
Max Richardson, Esq.
"Tanya has mediated several Title VII and FLSA cases for me and has done a great job."
Mary A. Prebula, Esq.
Prebula & Associates
"Tanya is a highly skilled third party investigator who is professional, courteous, responsive and helpful. She knows her subject matter inside and out. Tanya has investigated several challenging employment matters for us and we have always been happy with the results. I highly recommend Tanya, especially for any complicated or multi-party employment matter."
Michael Christman, SPHR
Strategic Human Resources Leader
"Tanya did a fantastic job mediating a case for me. Both parties were far apart when the mediation began, and entrenched in their positions. Despite significant challenges, she worked creatively to reach a resolution -- and got us there well before the mediation was scheduled to end. I highly recommend her."
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson