Suzanne M. Arpin, Partner
20+ Years of Practice Experience
Suzanne’s practice covers a broad range of corporate and transactional law, with a focus on employment law matters including employee benefits, executive compensation, ERISA, and executive compensation program implementation. Suzanne works on:
- Executive and General Employment and Severance Agreements
- Consulting Agreements
- Federal and State Labor and Employment Law Compliance (including FLSA)
- Pension Plan Compliance and Disputes (including PBGC (Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation), DOL and IRS matters)
- Restrictive Covenant Agreements (Non-Competes, Confidentiality, etc.)
- Government Audits
- Resolving Employment-Related Disputes
- General Corporate Transactional and Commercial Contract Work
- Implementing Employee and Executive Equity Compensation Programs and Providing Related Advice
- Forming and Dissolving Corporate Entities
- Resolving Corporate Disputes
Suzanne represents both individuals and business entities in connection with these matters.
Broad Legal Perspective
Suzanne approaches her practice from a practical perspective. Before becoming an attorney, she ran an equipment and services supply company in South America that principally served the petroleum industry. Therefore, she understands and takes into account the business perspective of any legal project and works with her clients accordingly. Suzanne’s legal experience includes working both at a large international law firm based in New York and in the legal department of Delta Airlines. In these positions, Suzanne has experienced firsthand the role of both lawyer and client to address Corporate, Employment and ERISA matters, including general corporate compliance, corporate dispute resolution, ERISA (including disability benefit and qualified retirement plan disputes and litigation), employment and employee benefits matters (including matters arising under incentive and equity-based executive compensation plans, and retirement and welfare benefit plans), and compliance audits by the IRS and Department of Labor.
A Commitment to Giving Back-Pro Bono Work
Since law school, Suzanne has devoted a portion of her time to providing legal services to individuals in need, national and international non-profits, and other organizations such as the United Nations and the 911 Victims Compensation Fund. Generally she supports the legal endeavors of human and civil rights organizations, and has assisted many employees who could not have otherwise afforded an attorney with employment and benefits-related problems. Suzanne has served as a Guardian Ad Litem for children who may be taken from their parents due to abuse or neglect and provided legal representation for children charged with truancy, working exclusively with Spanish-speaking families for the Truancy Intervention Program of Fulton County.
Outside of the Office
Suzanne loves the outdoors and is an avid kayaker and hiker. She also paints and is an Atlanta art community patron.
Admitted: Georgia, Connecticut and New York
Education: University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with honors; member, Connecticut Journal of International Law and Connecticut Moot Court Board. University of North Florida, B.B.A. Accounting, cum laude. Jacksonville University, B.A. Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands – Completion of Courses in European Union Law
Member: State Bars of Georgia, Connecticut and New York
Languages: Fluent in Spanish
Articles by Suzanne
- Inquire Before You Hire: Prospective Employees and Restrictive Covenant Agreements
- FIVE THINGS EVERY EMPLOYER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT (If You Are an Employer, You Need to Read This)
- Trump and Taxes: What to Expect (Other Than the Unexpected)
- FH2 Update – Federal Judge Blocks New Regulations Under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- “Exempt” or “Nonexempt” – Important Upcoming Changes to FLSA Regulations