Organizational and Cultural Alignment
EDUCATIONHarvard University B.A (1992)
Duke University School of Law J.D. (1996)
Emory University, Continuing Education, Certificate in Project Management (2016)
RecognitionGeorgia Trend’s Legal Elite (2016)
Atlanta Magazine’s Super Lawyers (2005-2007, 2009-2010)
Chambers & Partners (2009)
Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 under 40” (2004)
Founder & CEO
Lovita uses her 20 years of experience as an attorney, partner in a large international law firm, and law professor to build customized strategic planning, project management, organizational alignment, and talent management programs for legal organizations.Through her diverse and successful career, Lovita Tandy has learned to translate theory, aspirations, and past experiences into tailored strategies for advancing the goals of each of her consulting clients. She understands that, in the hustle and bustle of daily practice, good ideas and the best of intentions often die quiet deaths. That is why she is devoted to helping law firms and legal departments implement strategies designed to keep them focused on their founding principles and propel them to their next level of success.
A graduate of Harvard College (1992) and Duke Law School (1996), Lovita is a highly-respected labor and employment attorney who practiced with King & Spalding for 16 years, including 10 years as a partner and three years as head of the firm’s diversity committee. As a partner in an AmLaw 100 and internationally ranked firm, she juggled responsibilities as a practicing partner with her own book of business, a managerial partner supervising teams working on nationwide litigation matters, and an administrative partner spearheading firm-wide initiatives.
A seasoned litigator, Lovita focused her legal career on defense-side employment discrimination work, ranging from single plaintiff cases to nationwide EEOC actions. She also litigated trade secret actions, restrictive covenant matters, and high-dollar breach of contract cases. She defended employers of all sizes and in varied industries including banking, consumer products, and healthcare.
Her employment counseling practice included conducting high-level internal investigations, providing employment related training, ensuring wage-and-hour compliance, structuring reductions-in-force, and representing unionized employers in representation proceedings, collective bargaining agreement negotiations, and arbitrations. She has also provided labor and employment support in the context of corporate transactions. In addition to identifying and mitigating labor and employment risks associated with transactions, she negotiated and drafted executive-level employment agreements, severance contracts, restrictive covenant agreements, and labor and employment related sections of deal documents.
As a consultant, Lovita relies on her legal, strategic planning, and other skills including:
- Strong change-management skills developed through years of leading a nationwide diversity program, including providing strategic support to practice group leaders, advising associates, and aligning firm-wide diversity initiatives.
- A deep understanding of project management, borne from managing large teams in complex nationwide litigation matters, budgeting for these matters, and creating and implementing firm budgets that align with overall firm strategies. Also, she is a member of the Project Management Institute and recently completed her Certificate in Project Management through Emory’s Continuing Education Program.
- A demonstrated passion for teaching and helping attorneys grow professionally. As a full-time professor at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School, she taught Contracts, Remedies, Negotiations, and Transactional Drafting, while also serving on the Law School's Curriculum Committee. As head of her former firm's diversity committee, she developed mentoring relationships with scores or attorneys within the fim and throughout the nation.
She regularly makes CLE presentations for various groups, including: the American Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association, the American Conference Institute, the Seminar Group, the Sedona Conference, and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.
As a Certified Myers-Briggs professional, she is qualified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, provide training, and interpret individual and group results. Myers-Briggs is used by 89 of the Fortune 100 and offers a range of solutions to help address team building, leadership, and conflict management challenges, help improve organizational performance, and support career development and retention. MBTI is particularly effective with lawyer populations. When advising her clients, Lovita draws on the large body of research on how lawyers fit into Myers-Briggs constructs, the uniqueness of lawyer types, and how those types interact with broader populations.
Community InvolvementLeadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, (Co-Vice-President 2007-2017; current CFO)
John Marshall Law School LLM Program in Employment Law, Member, Advisory Board (2016-present)
Atlanta Bar CLE Board of Trustees (2017-present)
Co-Chair of King & Spalding's Street Law partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and Emory Law School (2014-2016)
Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans (Pro Bono representation 2016)