Arch Y. Stokes
Arch Y. Stokes
Founder and Chairman, Atlanta
Formerly: Busser, Server, Front Desk, Maintenance
Education
  • B.A., English, Emory University;
  • J.D., Emory University School of Law.

I am a trial lawyer’s trial lawyer. For over 46 years, I have specialized in labor and employment litigation, as well as disputes in the hospitality and foodservice industries. I have been admitted to represent clients in over 100 jurisdictions.  I’m also one of the few labor and employment lawyers who has won multi-million-dollar cases for plaintiffs and defeated more than $150 million in claims against defendants.

During my time at Emory University, I served as Managing Editor of the law review and as a member of ODK National Leadership Fraternity. In the US Marine Corps, I served as a defense counsel, trial counsel and military judge in over 200 courts-martial.

I have authored several books and articles emphasizing preventive law, and lectured at several colleges and universities, as well serving on university boards. At the Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa over thirty-five years ago, I pioneered the use of private arbitration and agreements. I also invented Lawdit, trademarked legal compliance checkup based upon years of experience.

I’ve won many significant jury trials from coast to coast, including one of the longest litigated sexual harassment jury trials, Florence v. TGI Fridays in San Diego Superior Court.  My most recent improbable victory was on behalf of Hotel Bel Air: my firm’s legal team and I defeated Carney Shegerian, a formidable plaintiffs’ lawyer who had won over $100 million dollars against employers and had a 95% victory rate. This case of Huerta v. Hotel Bel Air was tried in Los Angeles Superior Court in May 2016.