MICHAEL E. KRAMER
Michael Kramer has devoted his 30 year legal career to representing private
and public sector labor unions and their membership, as well as non–union
workers, in all types of employment cases. Michael has litigated education
and public pension cases, class actions, employment discrimination, contract,
whistleblower, workers compensation, civil rights and constitutional cases.
He has litigated in state and federal courts, arbitrations, NLRB proceedings,
school board, and administrative hearings. He has argued numerous successful
and precedent-setting cases before the Georgia Supreme Court and Court
of Appeals. Michael is AV-Rated “Preeminent” in the Martindale-Hubbell
Directory, and a Georgia Top-Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law.
Michael has represented such varied unions as the Teamsters, Mailhandlers,
IATSE, SEIU, Georgia Association of Educators, and the American Federation
of Television & Radio Artists. He has negotiated numerous collective
bargaining agreements for unions, and arbitrated contract interpretation
and discipline cases under their provisions, including a collective bargaining
agreement for the theater and stagehands union (IATSE) with The Fox Theatre
that resulted in unprecedented salary and pension increases for its members.
In recent years, Michael has added the representation of seriously injured
workers in claims before the Georgia Board of Workers Compensation.
Michael served as General Counsel for over 15 years for the Georgia Association
of Educators (GAE), where he litigated many of Georgia's leading appellate
education cases. He brought litigation to block statewide urinalysis testing
of public employees, establish enhanced due process protections, preserve
union dues deductions, enforce 1st Amendment rights, and increase pension
benefits. In 2003, he drafted the amendments adopted by the Georgia General
Assembly to the Georgia Whistleblower Act which increased the protections
and damages for state and public school employees. He continues to serve
as GAE's labor consultant and represents its members in disciplinary
school board hearings and professional certificate cases before the Professional
Standards Commission. In the APS Test Cheating case, Michael represented
16 APS Principals. Through his legal skills and tireless efforts on their
behalf, six of those Principals were reinstated to their APS employment
with no loss of pay, six retired with full benefits, and none have had
their educator certificates suspended or revoked.
In devotion to environmental advocacy, Michael has been a board member
of GreenLaw, Inc., since 1998, and its treasurer since 2003. GreenLaw,
Inc. is one of Georgia's leading environmental non–profits,
bringing litigation against polluters in the state.
Michael is a 1976 graduate of Oberlin College. He graduated from the University
of California at Davis Law School in 1980 where he was an editor of the
law review. In 1990, he earned an Executive MBA from Emory University, with
Beta Gamma Sigma honors. He and his wife Gerri, a psychologist, have two daughters. In
his spare time, he plays guitar and harmonica in neighborhood music sessions.