Employment Law Advice & Counsel

ELS focuses on helping business clients decrease liability and increase profitability by providing results-oriented employment law services on a full range of employment laws and practices. We learn our clients’ business, objectives, and culture to offer proactive strategies designed to minimize litigation and disruption to the business.

Hotline Retainer Program

ELS offers an “Employment Advice & Counsel Hotline” retainer program to assist clients with routine HR legal matters. Our Advice & Counsel Hotline retainer program is a special feature of our practice and an asset to our clients.

ELS attorneys understand the demands and often the time‐sensitive nature of providing on‐call advice to clients. We encourage our clients to call us at any time to address an issue or concern upfront and on the spot. Utilizing our expertise – proactively and defensively –provides better protection of a company’s bottom line. We view hotline advice as part of our proactive strategy and believe this important service provides a great return on investment for our clients.

Please contact Jamala McFadden for more information regarding an Employment Law Advice & Counsel Hotline.


“I came to ELS with a very specific employment issue that my primary lawyer couldn’t assist me with. I’m typically very hesitant with legal matters but Raquel made me feel very comfortable and went through my employment questions with a fine-toothed comb. When we were done, I felt 100% empowered to move forward in the direction she gave me and things worked out wonderfully. I now know who I can come to for any of my employment questions!”

Christopher LaFay, Founder of Classic City Consulting

Board Training and Counsel

ELS attorneys assist non-profits and not-for-profit organizations with various aspects of board management and membership. Our team of attorneys is dedicated to helping non-profit organizations thrive. We provide straightforward advice to all types of charities, institutions, foundations, and not-for-profit organizations across the breadth of the sector, from educational and religious organizations to national charities and professional membership bodies.

Our approach is simple – we get to know your organization first and give experience-based advice that helps you fulfill your mission. We help you to understand the responsibilities, performance expectations, and opportunities associated with serving on the board of a nonprofit.

In addition to our legal background and experience providing pro bono assistance to select boards, we have experience as individual board members. Our litigators have investigated, provided findings of fact, and defended boards and nonprofit organizations. This experience equips us with unique insight – a “360-degree viewpoint” we use to provide an enhanced training experience. ELS board training offers preventative and proactive approaches to enable boards to successfully manage an array of issues. We currently offer two levels of board training.


“Halima White provided investigation services to Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School. The scope of the work included witness interviews, document review, review of policies and laws, investigation report, outlining the facts, attaching documents, determining whether there were any policy and legal violations, and making recommendations. ELS’s report was shared with Governing Board, which determined that no additional investigation into the underlying incident was necessary.”

Joyce Gist Lewis, Governance Chair, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS)

“As a black women-led organization that is committed to empowering women of color to be healthy and well, it is critical that we work with partners who can appreciate our critical mission and support our unique leadership development needs. We were thrilled with the expert facilitation that Chandra Davis provided for our Board governance orientation. She provided sound, practical advice and counsel on board governance and led an engaging discussion on the board’s duties and responsibilities.”

Ann McMikel, Chief Development Officer/Executive Director,
Black Women’s Health Initiative