J.D., University of Michigan (2001), Executive Editor, Michigan Law Review
B.A. Political Science, with high distinction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1998)
Admitted to Practice:
Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, United States Supreme Court and numerous other federal jurisdictions
Jamala’s practice focuses on all aspects of employment law, including advice and counseling, representation in litigation and agency matters, and corporate transactions. In advising and counseling clients in matters that include hiring, termination, pay, restrictive covenants, discrimination and harassment, Jamala brings to bear her experience in advising more than 100 small-to-midsize to Fortune 100 organizations in varied industries. Jamala conducts internal investigations and has trained over 1,000 management and staff employees on harassment and discrimination policies. Additionally, Jamala drafts workforce-related agreements, policies, and handbooks and assists executives in employment contract matters, including negotiating severance agreements.
Admitted to practice in three states and multiple federal courts, Jamala has represented clients in more than two dozen jurisdictions. Her litigation experience includes successful jury trials and pre-trial dispositive motions. She has also represented clients before administrative agencies, administrative trials, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices. Jamala regularly serves as go-to counsel for small-to-midsize organizations that have no or limited in-house legal counsel.
The transactional component of Jamala’s practice focuses on providing expertise on litigation and workforce-related matters to private equity and other companies involved in mergers and acquisitions. Jamala also has provided post-transaction assistance, which has included the on- and off-boarding of C-suite executives and implementing solutions to address issues identified during the due diligence process.
In addition to her law practice, Jamala is actively engaged in the community. She is a member of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2017, a past president of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and a past president of Outstanding Atlanta. Jamala served as an Attorney Coach for Therrell High School’s Mock Trial Team for 11 years.
Before establishing ELS, Jamala honed her substantive legal and trial skills at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and as a law clerk to the Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Jamala has one son, Jamal, who is a recent graduate of Morehouse College and an entrepreneur in the automobile industry. Jamala enjoys weekly treks on Kennesaw Mountain, Zumba, live music, crisp white wine, and Caribbean beaches.
- Obtaining injunctive relief in Fulton County Superior Court against a former employee that violated non-compete and non-solicitation covenants.
- Successfully defending a company in a three-week jury trial in Massachusetts federal court where the plaintiff asserted breach of contract claims and sought millions of dollars in punitive damages.
- Successfully defending a major finance company in a two-week jury trial in Tennessee federal court against claims alleging civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act violations, fraud and other violations of state law.
- Obtaining a decision affirming summary judgment in the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concerning gender and pregnancy discrimination claims.
- Defending a large packaging manufacturer against claims alleging employee raiding and violation of non-competition and other restrictive covenants.
- Defending a manufacturer in Texas federal court against claims involving misclassification and overtime wages.
- “Employment Law Update,” National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) (Oct. 2016)
- “Try it Like Ted in Court,” National Association of Minority and Women Owned Firms (NAMWOLF) (Sept. 2016)
- “Winning Strategies and Tips for Handling the Hottest Employment Law Practice Issues,” National Employment Law Council (Apr. 2015, Apr. 2016)
- “Updates in Wage and Hour Laws,” State Bar of Georgia, Labor and Employment Section (Dec. 2015)
- “Employment Law 101,” State Bar of Georgia, Transition into Law Program (Mar. 2015)
- “Effective Motion Practice,” National Bar Association (July 2014)
- “Responsibilities, Risks, and Best Practices: Board Members’ Interactions with Organization Personnel,” Atlanta Legal Aid Society (December 2013)
- “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” Atlanta Business League (Apr. 2013)
- “Employment and Employee Benefits Issues in Corporate Transactions,” Sutherland CLE (Mar. 2012)
- “Is Easier Dismissal the Better Part of Jurisprudence? Iqbal, Twombly and the Tougher 12(b)(6) Standard,” National Bar Association (Jan. 2012)
- “Deposition Skills,” Emory Trial Techniques Program (Apr. 2012)
- “The Ingredients of Leadership: How Leading Promotes Your Brand,” Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys (Mar. 2012)
- “Practical Tips for Defending Your Client Before the EEOC,” National Employment Law Council (Apr. 2011)
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2017
- Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Executive Committee Secretary
- Justice Center of Atlanta, Board Member
- Women on Board: OnBoard Development Group, 2015
- Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
- President, 2011
- Judicial Review Committee; Chair, 2015; Co-Chair 2016
- National Employment Law Council, Board Member
- L.E.A.D. Atlanta, Class of 2009
- Outstanding Atlanta, President, 2013
- Therrell High School’s Mock Trial Team, Coach, 2005-2016
- Georgia Super Lawyers, “Super Lawyer” (2014 – 2017); “Rising Star” (2011-13)
- Fulton County Daily Report, “On the Rise” (2015)
- National Bar Association, “Trailblazer” (2014)
- Atlanta Bar Association’s Outstanding Woman of Achievement (2013)
- Atlanta Tribune, “Woman to Watch” (2012)
- Decalogue Society of Lawyers, Community Service Award (2012)
- Atlanta Business Chronicle “Who’s Who in Law & Accounting” (2011)
- National Bar Association and Impact’s “40 Lawyers Under 40” (2011)
- Atlanta Business League’s “Top 100 African-American Women of Influence” (2011)