Val Rusk, Partner

Direct: 678.831.5373


  • J.D. Cum Laude, University of Georgia School of Law
  • B.B.A. Economics, Minor French, James Madison University

Admitted to practice:

  • Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Val Rusk (she/her) brings extensive experience in business operations and as in-house counsel which influences her practice supporting employers across varied industries as “outside in-house counsel.” She leverages over 10 years as in-house employment counsel with a multinational employer to offer pragmatic, actionable, business-focused advice and representation, tailoring 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. In addition to experience navigating the impact of employment laws and regulations such as Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and others on day-to-day business and people decision-making, Val’s strengths include negotiating executive and talent employment and separation agreements, including restrictive covenants, drafting independent contractor and vendor agreements, advising on contingent workforce issues, conducting and overseeing highly sensitive internal investigations, and delivering practical, engaging, concise employment law training for employees and management from the perspective of both a lawyer and a people-manager.

Select Presentations

  • Podcast: Tips and Considerations for Managing Virtual Employees (Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, August, 2020)
  • ELS In-House Counsel Roundtable – Mitigating Employment Law Risk During and After the Pandemic (Quarterly, 2020, 2021)

Select Professional and Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
  • State Bar of Georgia Advisory Committee, Member
  • State Bar of Georgia, Labor & Employment Section Member
  • Georgia Radio Reading Service, Volunteer News Reader