Alisa P. Cleek, Employment Attorney

Alisa P. Cleek

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I chose to move my practice to Taylor English because I found the firm to have a forward-thinking vision unlike any other firm I have encountered. Taylor English’s multitude of resources will enable me to offer additional value-added services to my clients. Having a "one-stop-shop" where the attorneys and staff collaborate to serve the clients’ needs motivated me to change directions in my career after 20 years.

Alisa P. Cleek is chair of Taylor English's Labor and Employment Department. She is a frequently recognized attorney in labor and employment matters, and works with local and national clients to facilitate the employment relationship. Ms. Cleek’s practice focuses on defending companies in employment-related litigation including, but not limited to, class and collective actions, wage and hour matters and investigations, Davis-Bacon Act audits and compliance, restrictive covenants, discrimination and harassment, FMLA, ADA, Title VII, ERISA, USERRA, AAP, and other issues that evolve from the employee-employer relationship. Ms. Cleek also provides proactive counseling to organizations regarding the day-to-day employment decisions, including proactive training, pre-litigation audits and compliance strategies that must be considered in order to avoid litigation. In addition, Ms. Cleek spends a significant amount of time on Title III (ADA) inspection and compliance matters as well as advising clients during mergers and acquisitions, including post-deal integration.

Ms. Cleek represents clients in traditional labor practice proceedings, representative cases, arbitrations and collective bargaining, and has worked with employers in a large variety of industries, including retail, restaurants, hospitality, manufacturing, staffing, and pharmaceutical. Ms. Cleek has represented employers before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various state entities, in various local, state, and federal courts throughout the nation, as well as appellate courts throughout the United States.

Ms. Cleek is an arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association. Ms. Cleek is dedicated to facilitating the parties in achieving a mutually-beneficial resolution to the dispute at hand.

Ms. Cleek is a regular contributor of articles and materials related to labor and employment and the restaurant industry to media such as Restaurant Startup & Growth magazine, the Georgia Restaurant Association’s Legal Knowledge Center, and various other entities.

Ms. Cleek is married and has three young children.


State Bar of Georgia

State Bar of Texas

District of Columbia Bar

Society of Human Resource Management Atlanta (SHRM), Past President; Past Executive Vice President of Finance; Past Vice President of Conferences

Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

American Arbitration Association (Panel Arbitrator and Mediator for employment, corporate and class action matters)

University of Georgia Terry College of Business Alumni Board (Emeritus)

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College of William & Mary, JD, 1996

University of Georgia, BBA, magna cum laude, 1993

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District of Columbia


New York


Best Lawyers in America®, 2016 - 2022

Chambers USA Leading American Business Lawyer

AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004, 2006 - 2021

Georgia Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award - University of Georgia Terry College of Business

National Fidelity Award - Most Outstanding Volunteer

Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 Under 40 "Up & Comers"

Atlanta Woman Magazine's Woman on the Way (WOW) Award

Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers (Arbitration & Labor and Employment)