Meet the ELS Team

Jamala S. McFadden

Jamala S. McFadden – Founder Attorney

Has 20 years of experience in employment law, guiding organizations in workforce-related compliance, risk management, and litigation matters. Prior to forming ELS, Jamala practiced with AmLaw200 firms for ten years and served as a law clerk to a federal judge. She earned her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School where she was an Executive Editor of the Michigan Law Review. A servant leader, Jamala serves on the Judicial Qualifications Commission; is a past president of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and Atlanta Legal Society; an alumna of Leadership Atlanta and the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program; and a (retired) high school mock trial team coach.

I love sunshine, outdoor activity, live music, and all the wine. My weekends often include any or all of the above, with Zumba being my favorite way to burn calories and tap into my alter ego!

Val Rusk

Val Rusk – Attorney

Has more than 20 years of employment law experience in private practice and in-house, leveraging past management roles outside the legal field to bring business acumen to each engagement and working with several networks and business units within Turner (now WarnerMedia)  and CNN International for more than 10 years as employment counsel and as an executive has given Val the global perspective necessary to support employers with a multi-national workforce and extensive experience in the media and production industry.

I am a dog lover with two rescue mutts who share my passion for being outdoors, from hiking local trails to jogging around the neighborhood, but in my downtime, I’m just as happy to be curled up alone with a good book (or a trashy magazine!)

Halima H. WhiteHalima Horton White – Attorney

Has 20 years of experience representing and advising employers. She co-chaired two federal jury trials and represented clients at numerous arbitration hearings. Halima traveled within the United States and to China, India, and Sweden to train a client’s managers on how to conduct effective ethics and compliance investigations. She is bilingual and has traveled to Mexico and Puerto Rico to provide Spanish-language professionalism training to managers. .. In addition to agency representation and defending lawsuits, she conducts investigations for clients; provides training on employment laws to managers; and serves as a mediator for parties seeking to resolve disputes.

I love art—paintings, photography, sculptures, and mobiles. Like I seek to evoke the courts’ emotions when I write briefs, true artists trigger viewers’ feelings. I also love interior decorating and cycling or spending time outside. My free time is spent with my husband, my family, and my puppy, Piper.

Diana Suber – Senior Attorney

An experienced legal practitioner who has worked in the judicial system, the public sector, and both the private and public sectors concurrently. Her areas of experience in the law include appellate law, employment law, legal research and analysis, and other fields. A Harvard Law School-educated attorney with a significant record of professional achievement.




Shean Marie Castro – Paralegal

She has six years of experience as a paralegal and has worked with a diverse array of attorneys in the United States and internationally. She is a treat to be around due to her infectious enthusiasm, unwavering dedication, pleasant nature, and natural ability to communicate effectively with others. She thinks she would do well as a paralegal because she pays close attention to every detail, is naturally curious, and gives her all to her work.

In addition, she enjoys vacationing and traveling to different locations whenever the opportunity arises.

Motto: “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”




Jade Farr – Paralegal

As a paralegal, her ability to give exceptional customer care and her innovative management style are two of her strongest abilities. Jade landed in College Park, Maryland, following her graduation from the University of Maryland with high honors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminology Justice with a minor in Spanish Business, Language, and Culture from the University of Arizona. Her alma mater is Arizona State University.

The Bougie Bunch is the name of the posh store that she owns and operates in her spare time. She gains comparable amounts of knowledge from watching Netflix as she does from going to the movies in terms of the quantity of new information she gets from each experience.






Erin Whitlock – Paralegal

She has worked as a paralegal for many years, and as a result, she is well aware of the significant level of responsibility that comes with the job. She learns things quickly, can take on many different tasks and responsibilities and can work well both in a group and on her own.

Lalaine Elizabeth Austria – Executive Assistant

7 years of combined experience in a business and remote setting have made her a well-seasoned Executive Assistant. She has honed her skills to satisfy the demands of executives in a variety of industries, including Beauty & Wellness, Events, Marketing, Investment, Retail, and E-commerce.

Known as L.A., she graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management, or BSTM, degree. A graduate of the University of Dubai and The British University in Dubai, she now calls Dubai home after earning a diploma in human resource management and a diploma in digital marketing.

Motto: Each step is a step forward – I will Arrive.