John Mays is a lawyer and a founding partner of Mays & Kerr. He concentrates his practice in the area of wage and hour law, in which he is an aggressive litigator and a meticulous compliance expert.
John's ability to work effectively with businesses in a wide range of industries is grounded in his own diverse employment history, which includes work in the publishing, hospitality, music production, and real estate industries. Like many in the modern workforce, he was often classified by employers as an "independent contractor"—a designation that, while reducing short-term costs, exposes businesses to liability to costly wage and hour lawsuits and reduces productivity. As a result, he found himself drawn to employment law, with a particular interest in helping businesses reduce labor costs while improving conditions for employees.
John also represents employees in wage and hour actions to recover unpaid wages. He finds that enforcing the rights of just one employee often encourages employers to pay all of their employees properly, providing a significant benefit to the entire workforce.
After graduating from Columbia University, John attended Emory University School of Law, where he was a Dean's Scholarship recipient and Notes & Comments Editor for the Emory International Law Review. He is decidedly average on the cello and guitar, but he has high hopes for the family band he is developing with his two children, Collier and Jack.
J.D., Emory University School of Law
B.A., Columbia University
United States Court of Veterans Claims
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
Supreme Court of Georgia
Court of Appeals of Georgia
Georgia Superior Courts
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
National Employment Lawyers Association
National Employment Lawyers Association - Georgia Chapter
Krishnamurthy, PK, Mays, JL, Bijur, GN, Johnson, GV. Transient oxidative stress in SH-SYSY human neuroblastoma cells results in caspase dependent and independent cell death and tau proteolysis. J. Neurosci. Res. 2000 Sep 1: 61(5): 515-523 (concerning treatments for preventing paralysis in stroke victims).