Leslie K. Eason is the Office Co-Managing Partner of the Atlanta office and is the Office Managing Partner of the Birmingham office. She has a national litigation practice focusing on employment law, torts and products liability, and commercial disputes. Before joining the firm, Ms. Eason served as General Counsel at a company with nationwide and international operations. In this role, she reported to and worked directly with CEO/President concerning all legal matters for the company, including contract negotiations, business policies and procedures, compliance-related issues, and litigation (initiation and defense). This prior corporate experience allows Ms. Eason to address disputes from a business perspective, giving deference to a client’s bottom line.
Ms. Eason’s employment practice centers on assisting corporate entities with all aspects of employment-related business operations, including the creation and implementation of policies and procedures; training for staff and supervisors; administrative investigations; mediation; litigation; trial; and appeal. A particular focus of Ms. Eason’s practice is the representation of clients against wage-and-hour claims, discrimination claims, and disability claims.
Torts and Products Liability
Ms. Eason has successfully defended clients in matters involving products liability claims and high exposure torts. Among other things, her representation involves cases alleging negligence, safety violations, and dangerous conditions resulting in fatalities and serious personal injuries and property damage. Leslie has been involved in high-stakes, single-plaintiff cases and complex litigation, including MDLs, coordinated state actions, and class actions. She provides her clients with a high level of responsiveness and personalized attention to assist in risk and crisis management at the pre-litigation phase of potential claims and when preparing a defense in litigated matters.
Ms. Eason represents public and privately held entities and their principals in business-related disputes arising from both internal and external sources. She focuses on a broad array of industries including healthcare providers, telecommunications companies, franchisors, security companies, tech companies, and service companies.
State of Georgia Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Lambda Omega Chapter
Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Advisory Board Member
Dad's Garage, Board Member
Gordon & Rees African-American Affinity Group, Co-Chair
Gordon & Rees Diversity Committee
Gordon & Rees Women’s Initiative, Atlanta Office Chair
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Co-Chair of Labor & Employment Section (2014-2015, 2017)
Law360 Employment Editorial Board
Leadership Georgia, Class of 2014