Alisa P. Cleek

Partner

Atlanta, Georgia

Alisa P. Cleek is 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, Sarbanes-Oxley Act claims 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 for both physical facilities, websites and apps, as well as advising clients during mergers and acquisitions, including post-deal integration. Ms. Cleek also represents companies in business litigation and handles commercial contract negotiations.

Ms. Cleek 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 and the Department of Labor, 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.

Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association (Panel Arbitrator and Mediator for employment, corporate and class action matters)
  • Society of Human Resource Management Atlanta (SHRM), Past President, Past Executive Vice President of Finance, Past Vice President of Conferences
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Texas
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • University of Georgia Terry College of Business Alumni Board (Emeritus)
  • Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2016 – 2022
  • Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers – Labor and Employment, 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™
  • Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, Labor & Employment Law, 2021
  • 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)

Practice Areas

  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Business Torts & Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Class & Collective Action
  • Employment Counseling & Litigation
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Staffing

Education

  • College of William & Mary, JD, 1996
  • University of Georgia, BBA, magna cum laude, 1993

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • New York
  • Texas

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