Lovita Tandy is a seasoned litigator and well-recognized authority in the area of labor & employment law. Her more than twenty years of experience includes: conducting high-level internal investigations, providing employment-related training to corporations and high-level executives, designing ADA compliance programs and other employment-related compliance programs, ensuring wage-and-hour compliance, and structuring reductions-in-force. She has defended dozens of employment discrimination and retaliation claims involving federal and state anti-discrimination laws, whistleblower laws, and the FLSA. She has also litigated multiple trade-secret, restrictive covenant, class and collective action matters.
Lovita began practicing at King & Spalding and became the first African-American woman elected partner. She is a well-recognized authority in the area of labor & employment law. Lovita served as a law professor for two years teaching Contracts, Remedies, Transactional Drafting, and Negotiations. She was also a guest lecturer at Emory Law School.
Prior to joining Lawrence & Bundy, Lovita was the Chair of King & Spalding’s Diversity Committee. Under her tutelage, the Diversity Committee received numerous awards such as The Coca-Cola Company’s Living the Values Law Firm Diversity Award, General Electric’s Law Firm Diversity Award, Commitment to Equality Award from the State Bar of Georgia’s Women and Minorities in the Profession Committee, and Chevron’s Law Firm Diversity Award. Lovita has been recognized by Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, Georgia Super Lawyers®, and Chambers & Partners.
Outside of practicing law, Lovita is a fierce advocate for diversity in the profession. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys for 15 years and is its current President and Conference Committee Chair.
While in law school, Lovita was a member of the Moot Court Board and a founding member of the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Richard L. Williams in the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division.
Direct Line: 404-400-3337
- J.D., Duke University School of Law
- B.A., Harvard University
- Certificate in Project Management, Emory University Continuing Education
Conducted multiple internal investigations for an international building materials subsidiary of a Fortune 50 company concerning allegations of widespread racial discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and improper management.
Investigated claims of widespread mismanagement and abuse against the president of the United States division of an international furniture manufacturer.
Conducted an internal investigation of gender discrimination levied against the General Counsel of a high-tech manufacturing company.
Investigated claims of race discrimination within a financial institution’s 50+ security force.
Conducted investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by a male manager at a youth shelter.
Professional & Community Activities
CFO, Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys
Secretary, Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys
Advisory Board Member, John Marshall Law School LLM Program in Employment Law
Former Co-Vice President, Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys
Former Co-Chair, King & Spalding’s StreetLaw partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and Emory Law School
Former Volunteer Attorney, Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans
Awards & Rankings
Recipient, Commitment to Equality Award, Women and Minorities in the Profession Committee, State Bar of Georgia
Honoree, Legal Elite, Georgia Trend
Recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers®
Named “Top 40 Under 40,” Atlanta Business Chronicle
Recognized by Chambers USA
Media & Publications
Co-Author with Bonnie Burke, Case Law Updates on Sex Discrimination Arbitration Waivers & Joint Employment Law (October 1, 2018) Law360
King & Spalding Lures Black Employment Pro (May 29, 2013) Law360
Interview subject, What It Takes: How Women of Color Can Thrive Within the Practice of Law by Monica R. Parker (2010) American Bar Association
A Strong Diversity Program Benefits Minorities and Everyone Else (February 1, 2008) Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
Unconventional Wisdom (2006) Super Lawyers®
A First for Law Firm King & Spalding: First African-American Women Partner Works with Large Corporations (June 3, 2003) Atlanta Business Chronicle
Co-Author with H. Lane Dennard, Treatise, Unions’ Right to Company Information (2001 Third Edition)
Gender in Negotiations (October 2016)Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys CLE at Sea, Dubai, UAE
How to Build an Effective Reasonable Accommodations Process Within Your Organization (October 2016) Society for Human Resource Management
When Worlds Collide: Balancing the Responsibilities of the MEC and HR in Physician Peer Review (December 2015) King & Spalding Healthcare Roundtable
Women’s Federal Statutory Rights in the Workplace (November 2014) American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Convention.
Moderator, The Evolution of Diversity in the State Bar of Georgia: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (October 2012) State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
Panelist, Diversity in the Workplace: Microinsults (February 2011)American Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting
The Americans with Disabilities Act: New Risks for Employers and a Gold Mine for Employees? (October 2009) The Seminar Group’s 6th Annual Labor and Employment Conference