Gavin S. Appleby

Gavin S. Appleby, Esq. is a Shareholder with the law firm of Littler Mendelson, P.C. in Atlanta where he advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters. He has been consistently rated as an IAML "all-star" instructor for more than 20 years. He has been named in Best Lawyers in America, Employment & Labor-Management, Atlanta every year since 2010. Mr. Appleby presents at many IAML seminars including the Certificate in Conducting Lawful Workplace Investigations Seminar, the Certificate in Making Employment Workplace Decisions Workshop, the Certificate in Employee Relations Law Seminar, and numerous in-house programs and webinars. Participants appreciate how he combines his legal skills with practical insights into workplace issues.

Mr. Appleby's focus ranges from defending single plaintiff and class action employment cases to advising on and litigating wage and hour matters and handling OSHA issues. He also has significant experience in union avoidance, defending union campaigns, handling arbitrations and mediations, and conducting investigations. He is nationally known for his employment law and diversity training, as well as for developing legally-defensible diversity programs. He received his B.A. degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia where he was a member of the national Moot Court Team. Mr. Appleby is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. He lectures extensively throughout the country and has written a number of published articles on employment and labor law issues. He is also the co-author of a text on pre-employment testing.  He is also a Member of the Anti-Doping Review Board - International Tennis Federation, ATP Tour and WTA Tour.


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1976

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, Board of Trustees, West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Member, Anti-Doping Review Board, International Tennis Federation
  • Member, Anti-Doping Review Board, ATP Tour
  • Member, Anti-Doping Review Board, Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour
  • Member, Anti-Doping Review Board, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

Publications & Press