Chandra C. Davis

Phone: 678.424.1380

J.D., University of Michigan (2002), Editor, Michigan Law Review
M.Ed., University of Georgia (1996)
B.A., Emory University (1993)

Admitted to practice:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Chandra C. Davis is a co-founding partner of ELS and has been practicing employment law for over 19 years. She is a dynamic litigator, routinely appearing before arbitrators, federal and state courts, and administrative agencies. Chandra has handled mediations, arbitrations, injunctions, trials, and appeals covering a wide range of complex legal issues Chandra has in-depth experience as a Trial Attorney for the EEOC. At the EEOC, Ms. Davis served as first chair in over 25 litigation matters on behalf of the Commission and managed investigative files for over 250 Charges for the purpose of recommending the initiation of litigation in connection with various civil actions. Chandra has developed training programs for the EEOC and multi-national corporations.

Before joining the EEOC, Ms. Davis practiced law at McGuireWoods, where she handled employment matters on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, including all aspects of federal litigation, extensive work drafting position statements in response to EEOC Charges, completing internal investigations, and developing a 200-page ethics and compliance internal investigation manual and training for an international client with more than 40,000 employees. These unique experiences have also helped Ms. Davis as an effective mediator, able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in cases and determine the potential value of a case.

Ms. Davis served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Gregory, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Ms. Davis earned her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School where she served as an editor of the Michigan Law Review.

Ms. Davis has completed a comprehensive class and obtained a Certificate in Nonprofit Board Governance.

Representative Experience

  • Obtaining dismissals in a national origin, document abuse and retaliation case for a healthcare provider from two (2) Agencies (DOJ and EEOC), federal district court and in front of the United States Department of Justice Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO).
  • Successfully obtaining dismissals for a nationally renowned hospital in a retaliation case, an international office supplier in a race and age case, and an international pharmaceutical company in a race case.
  • Successfully defending a case in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for a nationally renowned hospital.
  • Successfully obtaining favorable jury trial verdict in a retaliation case against a restaurant.
  • Successfully settling a matter for a national food service company saving the client over $10 million.
  • Successfully litigating a disability accommodation case in federal court, defeating motions for sanctions and dismissal.
  • Creating a 200-page ethics and compliance internal investigation manual and a 2 day training workshop for a $17 billion global manufacturing company with more than 40,000 employees.


  • Age Discrimination 
  • Race discrimination 
  • American with Disabilities Act 
  • Sexual Harassment 
  • Employment Contracts 


  • Taking Diversity and Inclusion to the Next Level EEOC’s 2019 EXCEL Conference August 1 – 1:30 to 3 pm
  • Employment Law in the 2019 Landscape: Trends, Developments and What Lies Ahead, March 22, 2019
  • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: How to Ascend to and Excel at Higher Heights in Your Organization or Law Firm, March 28, 2019: The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys LIWOCA Conference
  • Creating A Positive & Respectful Workplace
  • ADA Guide: Employee Misconduct Based on a Mental Disability
  • Access to Higher Education for Undocumented Students and Other Employment Issues in Higher Education
  • The Intersection of FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Compensation
  • Avoiding the EEOC
  • EEOC Overview: Practice and Procedure
  • Conducting Effective Internal Investigations
  • EEO Managers: Awareness & Compliance
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention & Correction
  • Gender Stereotyping

Professional and Community Involvement


  • Georgia Super Lawyer, “Rising Star” (2014)