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Leslie Eason
OVERVIEW

Leslie K. Eason

Partner

Atlanta

3340 Peachtree Rd NE
Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30326-1092

P 404-264-4085

F 404-264-4033

With over 20 years of experience in management-side employment litigation and counseling, Leslie K. Eason champions a solutions-oriented practice, ensuring tailored, effective strategies for diverse and complex employment challenges. She maintains a national practice and offers cohesive business advice designed with clients’ values in mind.

OVERVIEW

With over 20 years of experience in management-side employment litigation and counseling, Leslie K. Eason champions a solutions-oriented practice, ensuring tailored, effective strategies for diverse and complex employment challenges. She maintains a national practice and offers cohesive business advice designed with clients’ values in mind.

Leslie skillfully manages employment litigation covering virtually all facets of federal and state employment law, guiding cases from the administrative stage through to trial, which includes proficiency in mediation and arbitration processes. She possesses extensive experience in litigating complex multi-plaintiff, collective action, and class action cases in state and federal courts. Additionally, Leslie has considerable experience in initiating and defending against claims involving breach of restrictive covenants.

Notably, Leslie offers comprehensive counseling services that span nearly all aspects of employment-related business operations. Her experience includes developing and implementing policies and procedures, managing benefits, as well as training staff and supervisors.

Leslie is adept at conducting workplace investigations to assess the validity of discrimination and retaliation claims, or to probe systemic managerial issues requiring strategic actions, often focusing on cases involving senior management. She provides practical advice to employers on hiring practices, terminations, reductions in workforce, and litigation avoidance strategies. Additionally, Leslie skillfully negotiates separation and employment agreements. She is proficient in drafting industry-specific employment handbooks, policies, and procedures, ensuring clients are well-equipped to handle their employment law needs.

Immediately prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Leslie was co-managing partner of an AmLaw 20 firm’s Atlanta office and also led its Birmingham, Alabama, and Jackson, Mississippi, offices. Leslie also was general counsel for a U.S. manufacturer with international operations before returning to private practice. She is a frequent presenter on developments in employment law; creative resolution techniques; and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nu Lambda Omega Chapter

Advisory board member, Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Former board member, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Foundation

Former co-chair, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Labor & Employment Section

Former treasurer, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Foundation

Former member, Law360 Employment Editorial Advisory Board

Member, Leadership Georgia Class of 2014

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2021-2024

The Best Lawyers in America - Women in the Law, 2022-2023

EXPERIENCE
Presentations

National Business Institute, “Employment Discrimination and Law: Advance Issues and Answers,” November 2023

National Business Institute, “Dealing with Difficult Clients, Witnesses, Opposing Counsel, and Judges in Litigation,” November 2023/February 2023

National Business Institute, “What’s Happening in Human Resource Law – Fall 2023 Update,” October 2023

National Business Institute, “How to Bring Georgia Handbooks into Compliance,” April 2023

National Business Institute, “Employment Law 2023,” April 2023

National Business Institute, “Effective Ways to Deal with Complex FMLA and ADA Landmines,” February 2023

National Business Institute, “Advance Employment Law in Georgia,” November 2022

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