Ilene Berman, Employment and Labor Relations Attorney

Ilene W. Berman

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To be part of a law firm that pushed aside the traditional model to create one that provides the highest-quality legal services, delivered by experienced lawyers who are driven by efficiency, value and responsiveness – that is why I joined Taylor English.

Ilene Berman is the firm's vice chair and former chair of Taylor English’s Employment and Labor Relations group. Ms. Berman is dedicated to counseling and defending private employers in employment law matters. She has successfully litigated cases in numerous state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the country. To avoid potential legal claims, Ms. Berman also counsels and provides in-depth training to her clients on a wide range of employment-related issues, such as employment contracts; severance agreements; employee policies; handbooks and procedural manuals; restrictive covenants; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; drug testing; background checks; termination and other personnel decisions; and handling complaints of harassment, discrimination or other allegations of misconduct. When providing such advice, Ms. Berman focuses on developing practical solutions that minimize legal risks without losing sight of the client’s business and operational considerations.

Ms. Berman is a mentor in the 2018-2019 Labor & Employment Section's Mentorship Academy. She is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality, Labor and Employment Relations. She is also a regular panel speaker at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration’s Labor and Employment Law Roundtable where she addresses current employment issues in the hospitality industry. Ms. Berman regularly presents at workplace and employment law conferences throughout the United States for in-house counsel, human resources professionals and business organizations.


State Bar of Georgia, Labor & Employment Law Section

Atlanta Bar Association

The Cornell Institute of Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations, Advisory Board Member

Cornell University Alumni Association of Atlanta, Philanthropy Chair

Practicing Law Institute, Faculty Member

Labor & Employment Section's Mentorship Academy

Community Involvement

The Epstein School, Board of Trustees, Member, 2011-present

Practice Highlights



Speaking Engagements


Emory University School of Law, JD, with distinction, 1990

Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, BS, 1986

Bar Admissions


New York


Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit


Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Employment, Labor, and Immigration, 2011 and 2013

The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018