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 Chair of the Employment and Labor Relations Department. Ms. Berman is dedicated to counseling and defending private employers in employment law matters. She has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as various administrative agencies. 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, operational considerations and corporate culture.

Ms. Berman is 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. She is a past Member of the Advisory Board of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality, Labor and Employment Relations. Ms. Berman regularly presents at human resources and employment law conferences throughout the United States for in-house counsel, human resources professionals and business organizations. She continues to conduct harassment prevention training to film and television production studios within Atlanta’s booming entertainment industry.

Currently, Ms. Berman is a mentor in the 2018-2019 Atlanta Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Mentorship Academy. She also volunteers with the Anti-Defamation League, Congregation B’nai Torah, The Epstein School and the 2019 JCC Atlanta Maccabi Games.


State Bar of Georgia, Labor & Employment Law Section

Atlanta Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

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

Cornell University Alumni Association of Atlanta

Practicing Law Institute, Faculty Member

State Bar of Georgia, Labor & Employment Section's Mentorship Academy

Women in Film & Television (WIFTA), Member

Community Involvement

The Epstein School, Committee on Trustees, Board Member

Atlanta 2019 JCC Maccabi Games, Community Ambassador

Anti-Defamation League Community of Respect Awards, Host Committee Member

Anti-Defamation League Annual Jurisprudence Luncheon, Host Committee Member

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


Corporate Counsel’s 2018 National Women in Law, Collaborative Leadership Honoree

The Best Lawyers in America®, 2019 - 2021

Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Employment, Labor, and Immigration, 2011, 2013 and 2020