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Direct Email:
pjs@hpsslaw.com

Law School:
Emory University School of Law 1997

Graduate/Undergraduate:
University of Michigan 1994
B.B.A with Distinction 

Practice Areas:
Labor & Employment
Construction Law 

Admitted to Practice: GA 1997

Assistant: Celeste S. Costello
csc@hpsslaw.com

Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2010; Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Selected by industry colleagues as Georgia Trend Legal Elite 2017 recipient in category of Real Estate Law

PHILIP J. SIEGEL is a Partner and shareholder with the firm. Philip attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating with distinction from the School of Business Administration where he earned his B.B.A. Mr. Siegel received his law degree from Emory University School of Law. After working in the public accounting industry as a state and local tax consultant for two years, he commenced his career as a construction litigation and labor/employment attorney.

Mr. Siegel’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of labor/employment law, including defense of OSHA citations, contract consulting, and construction litigation, including representation of general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, all on a national basis.

Philip has represented clients in the construction industry before the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Mr. Siegel has lectured on construction topics to a wide range of groups, including seminars sponsored by Lorman Educational Seminars, the Arizona Roofing Contractors Association, the Georgia Roofing & Sheetmetal Contractors Association, the Georgia Concrete and Products Association, the Macon Economic Development Commission Safety Committee, and the National Roofing Legal Resource Center.

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS/AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite 2017
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2005-2007, 2009-2010
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell in Legal Ability 2005-2016
  • Georgia Utility Contractors Association, Member of Education Committee, 2005-present

RADIO PODCASTS

LECTURES

  • Upcoming: “Understanding OSHA’s Multiemployer Worksite Doctrine and the Unforeseeable Employee Misconduct Defense,” Webinar Presentation | Chicago Roofing Contractors Association, December 7, 2017
  • “Employment Mistakes Most Commonly Made by Subcontractors,” Webinar Presentation | American Subcontractors Association, November 14, 2017

  • "Top 10 Employment Mistakes Made by Contractors," Georgia Utility Contractors Association | Fall Industry Forum, November 2, 2017

  • "Top 10 Employment Mistakes Made by Contractors," Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association, September 20, 2017

  • "Navigating a Drug Free Workplace in 2017" and "Top 10 Employment Mistakes Made by Contractors," National Roofing Legal Resource Center’s Annual Seminar, Colorado Springs, CO; September 6-9, 2017

  • "The Devil’s Triangle: Understanding the Overlap Between the FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation Laws," American Subcontractors Association Webinar, August 8, 2017 - On-Demand 90-Minute Webinar Broadcast

  • Featured Speaker at Associated Builders & Contractors of Georgia - Hot Topics Presentation, July 21, 2017

  • "Unforeseeable Employee Misconduct Defense," Georgia Utility Contractors Association - North Georgia Industry Luncheon, April 26, 2017

  • “Independent Contractor or Employee? An Overview of the Misclassification Issue”, GAF Wealth Builder/Partners in Growth Conference, April 5, 2016

  • “Employee Personnel File checklist: What Should and Should Not be Present, NRLRC, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, 36th Annual Seminar, September 10, 2015

  • “A Presentation of Lien Rights and Bond Rights in Georgia”, Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Georgia, Annual Convention, St. Simons, Georgia, July 24, 2015

  • “Federal Wage and Hour Law and an Overview of Travel Pay Under the FLSA” AGC of Georgia, Inc.’s 2015 Construction Professionals Conference and Marketplace, April 29, 2015

  • “The Misclassification Issue: Understanding the Difference Between Employees and Independent Contractors”, 2015 International Roofing Expo, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 26, 2015

  • “Employee Handbooks: A Review of Important Employment Policies for Every Employer and How to Avoid the Wrath of the NLRB”, D & D Roofing, Inc., Commerce City, Colorado, January 29, 2015

  • “Compensable Travel Time Under the Fair Labor Standards Act”, D & D Roofing, Inc., Commerce City, Colorado, January 29, 2015

  • “Effective Interviewing and Hiring”, D &D Roofing, Inc., Commerce City, Colorado, January 29, 2015

  • “Stay Aboveboard On Immigration Compliance: Understanding the Intricacies Associated with Form I-9s, ICE Audits, and E-Verify”, D & D Roofing, Inc., Commerce City, Colorado, January 29, 2015

  • "Proper Completion of Form I-9"

    • Tennessee Association of Roofing Contractors, 2015 Summer Convention, June 5, 2015

    • Kirberg Roofing, April 9, 2013

    • Construction Suppliers Association (webinar), March 25, 2013

    • NRLRC (webinar), March 21, 2013

  • “Are You Ready for an ICE Audit: Understanding the Intricacies Associated with Form I-9s, ICE Audits, and E-Verify”, IRE, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 27, 2014

  • “Avoiding Claims of Discrimination in Recruiting and Hiring”, Mechanical Contractors Association of Georgia, October 24, 2013

  • “The Unforeseeable Employee Misconduct Defense to an OSHA Citation and OSHA’s Multi-Employer Worksite Policy”, Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia, October 17, 2013

  • “Stay Aboveboard On Immigration Compliance: Understanding the Intricacies Associated with Form I-9s, ICE Audits, and E-Verify”, NRLRC, Annual Seminar, Carlsbad, California, September 21, 2013

  • “Oh My Aching Back! What are your Legal Obligations?”, NRLRC, September 19, 2013

  • “Compliance with both Federal and State Immigration Laws”, Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Georgia, July 26, 2013

  • “Georgia’s New Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011”, Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Georgia, July, 2013

  • “Reviewing Killer Contract Clauses”

    • IRE, February 5, 2012

  • “An Update on OSHA and How to Survive an OSHA Inspection”

    • 2014 Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association of GA Annual Seminar, July 25, 2014

    • GUCA, March 24, 2011

    • Middle GA Employer Committee on Safety, Health & Environment, February 2, 2011

    • GUCA, November 4, 2010

  • “Wage & Hour Issues Most Likely to Create Liability for Construction Contractors”
    • ABC (webinar), November 12, 2013

    • ABC, February 15, 2012

    • ABC (Webinar), December 8, 2010

  • “OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program”, GUCA, March 14, 2013

  • “The Unforeseeable Employee Misconduct Defense to an OSHA Citation”

    • Plumbing & Mechanical Association of Georgia, January 15, 2013

    • Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association, January 8, 2013

  • “Important Employee Policies for Every Roofing Contractor,” NRLRC, 33rd Annual Seminar, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, September 15, 2012

  • “Compensable Travel Time Under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” NRLRC, 33rd Annual Seminar, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, September 13, 2012

  • “Compensable Travel Time Under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Other Common Wage and Hour Issues for Roofing Contractors,” Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association, St. Simons Island, Georgia, July 20, 2012

  • “Payment Bonds, Liens, and Lien Waivers"

    • Western Roofing Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 26, 2012

    • NRLRC, November 4, 2011

  • “What’s OSHA Up to Now and Specific Standards Affecting Roofing Contractors”, NRLRC, November 4, 2011

  • “Obama’s New Labor and Employment Laws and Policies for the Construction Industry,” International Roofing Expo, February 18, 2011

  • “Venturing into Federal Contracting - Understanding The Davis-Bacon Act”
    International Roofing Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 17, 2011

  • “An Update on OSHA and How to Survive an OSHA Inspection”, Middle Georgia Employer Committee on Safety, Health and the Environment, February 2, 2011

  • “Defending Yourself from an OSHA Citation”, Georgia Utility Contractors’ Association Safety Seminar, March, 2007

  • “Wage and Hour Issues Facing Today’s Workforce”, International Roofing Exposition, March, 2007

  • “Responding to an OSHA Citation: From Inspection through Hearing”, Macon Economic Development Commission Safety Committee, January, 2006

  • “Employment Law Mistakes Most Commonly Made in the Construction Industry”, Georgia Concrete & Products Association Annual Seminar, March, 2006

  • “Immigration: What Every GUCA Member Needs to Know”, Georgia Utility Contractors Association Annual Conference, June, 2006

  • "Killer Contract Clauses”, National Roofing Contractors’ Association Risk Management Online Seminar, January, 2004

  • “Employment Law Mistakes Most Commonly Made by Contractors”, National Roofing Legal Resource Center Annual Seminar, November, 2004

  • “New Overtime Regulations and Wage and Hour Requirements”, National Roofing Legal Resource Center Annual Seminar, November, 2004

  • “Killer Contract Clauses”, Arizona Roofing Contractors’ Association Conference, March, 2002

  • “Recent Developments in Construction Law Cases”, Arizona Roofing Contractors’ Association Conference, March, 2002

  • “Hiring, Firing & Discrimination Claims”, Georgia Roofing & Sheetmetal Contractors’ Association Fall Conference, September, 2002

  • “Hiring & Firing of Employees”, National Roofing Legal Resource Center Annual Seminar, October, 2002

  • “Protecting Yourself Against Employment Discrimination Claims”, National Roofing Legal Resource Center Annual Seminar, October, 2002

  • “OSHA Regulations: Does Your Construction Site Comply?” (Discussion of Defenses to OSHA Citations), CLE Seminar, July, 2001

  • “Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements”, National Roofing Legal Resource Center Seminar, September, 2000

  • “Employer Rights Pertaining to Employee Misconduct”, National Roofing Legal Resource Center Seminar, September, 2000

Articles

Mr. Siegel has written a number of articles concerning labor and employment issues affecting the construction industry. Articles include: 

  • “Obesity as a Disease: A Reminder of Employer’s Obligations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Professional Roofing, January 2014

  • “Staying Above Board,” Professional Roofing, March 2013

  • “Don’t Blunder the Benefits,” Professional Roofing, January 2012

  • “Ask the Right Question,” Professional Roofing, May 2011

  • “A Proper Investigation,” Professional Roofing, October 2007

  • “Illegal Immigrant or Independent Contractor,” Professional Roofing, August 2005

  • “Keeping Former Employees Away From Your Customers,” Professional Roofing, December 2005

  • “Should I cash this check?” Professional Roofing, April 2004

  • “Collecting Attorneys’ Fees,” The Rooftopper, publication of the Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Georgia, Inc., April/May/June 2004

  • “Overtime!” Professional Roofing, August 2004

  • “Avoiding Common Legal Traps,” Professional Roofing, December 2004

  • “Those Traveling Times,” Professional Roofing, May 2003

  • “Should You Be Watching,” Professional Roofing, August 2003

  • “Paying Prevailing Wages,” Professional Roofing, December 2003

  • “Understanding Racial Harassment,” Professional Roofing, June 2002

  • “An Age Old Problem,” Professional Roofing, August 2002

  • “Pass the Salt & Pepper,” Professional Roofing, April 2001

  • “Revised Record-Keeping Rule,” Professional Roofing, August 2001

  • “An Introduction to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Regulation,” Focal Point (publication of Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia, Inc.), Fall 2001

  • “Recent Ruling of the Georgia Court of Appeals,” The Rooftopper (publication of Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Georgia, Inc.), November 2001

  • “To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate,” Professional Roofing, December 2001

  • “You can leave, but you can’t take it with you,” Professional Roofing (publication of the National Roofers Contractors Association), December 2000