Val Rusk

Val’s extensive experience in business operations and as in-house counsel influences her practice supporting employers across varied industries as “outside in-house counsel.” Val has extensive experience negotiating executive and talent employment and separation agreements, including restrictive covenants, as well as independent contractor and vendor agreements. Val leverages her in-house experience to help employers conduct highly sensitive internal investigations, counsel employers regarding the lawful use of contingent workers, and deliver practical, engaging, concise employment law training for employees and management from the perspective of both a lawyer and a people-manager. Val offers pragmatic, business-focused solutions and tailors her services to meet the needs of employers with little to no previous employment law exposure as well as to employers with experienced in-house counsel and robust HR functions.

Val is passionate about community service. In addition to offering pro bono legal services, Val has served as a board member and advisory committee member for local nonprofits and volunteers as a news reader for the Georgia Radio Reading Service.

Before joining ELS Val was a litigation associate with Ford Harrison, practiced in-house with Turner Broadcasting (now WarnerMedia), and served as as a business operations executive with CNN International.