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Mr. Brannen

Albert Brannen

Managing Partner, Atlanta Office, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Albert Brannen is the managing partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the nation's leading labor and employment firms representing employers. Since 1982, Mr. Brannen has represented employers exclusively in successfully solving labor and employment law problems in the workplace. Much of his time is devoted to counseling employers about how to avoid workplace crises, comply with all applicable laws and prevent litigation. Mr. Brannen prepares all of the documents associated with the employment experience, including employee handbooks, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, ethics and confidentiality agreements, non-competition or non-solicitation agreements and severance agreements. Mr. Brannan also has a depth of experience advising employers on union-related matters and in assisting employers with the administration, negotiation, mediation and arbitration of collective bargaining agreements. He has successfully represented clients in formal administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, EEOC, Department of Labor and in federal and state courts. Having written numerous published articles on a wide variety of employment law subjects, Mr. Brannen regularly speaks to business and professional associations, industry groups and individual employers and is the chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He also teaches labor and employment law at Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Brannen is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in Georgia Super Lawyers since 2005. He was recognized as a member of Georgia's "Legal Elite" in 2009 and 2013 and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010. He also has been a member of the 2010 Employment Law360 editorial advisory board.

Mr. Brannen can be contacted at 404-240-4235 or dabrannen@laborlawyers.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.