Thompson Hine’s Sara Hamilton First Asian American Appointed Georgia Special Master for GCEO; Helps Create National AAPI Violence Prevention & Response Initiative

Date: June 01, 2021

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Sara Hamilton, a senior managing associate in Thompson Hine’s Labor & Employment practice in Atlanta, was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp as Special Master for the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity, the equivalent of an administrative judge who conducts hearings and issues written opinions. Hamilton, who will preside over a state employment dispute, is believed to be the first Special Master appointed for employment matters in approximately 10 years and the first Asian American to serve in this role.

Hamilton was also a driving force behind creating the National AAPI Violence Prevention & Response Initiative, which will seek to prevent bias-motivated violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and assist victims in the aftermath of such crimes. The first national fundraising effort focused on crime directed toward the AAPI community, it was created by the National Compassion Fund in partnership with the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA), GAPABA Law Foundation and Korean American Bar Association of Georgia and has raised $100,000 in cash and pledges to date.

Passionate about mentoring and serving the community, Hamilton serves on the GAPABA board and is a founding member and current president (2020-2021) of the Korean American Bar Association of Georgia. She is a former board member of the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (now AAAJ-Atlanta), Southeast U.S. Korean Chamber of Commerce and Center for Pan Asian Community Services.

In her legal practice, Hamilton helps clients implement best employment practices, resolve employee disputes, and obtain the best outcomes in government investigations and litigation. She also advises on labor-management relations and on union avoidance during and after union election campaigns and when administering CBAs.