Deborah J. Livesay


Atlanta, Georgia

Deborah Livesay focuses her practice exclusively in the area of labor and employment. She has spent the last 23 years representing management in all aspects of the employment relationship. Ms. Livesay routinely defends employers in employment-related litigation in various jurisdictions across the country, including litigation involving discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour class actions, breach of employment contracts and restrictive covenants, and state tort claims.

Ms. Livesay represents a wide range of corporate clients in matters before federal, state and local government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor. She also helps clients achieve early resolution of employment claims through mediation and arbitration.

Ms. Livesay also routinely advises clients on and helps clients develop proactive strategies for compliance with federal and state employment laws in areas such as employment discrimination (Title VII), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), restrictive covenants, substance abuse, wage and hour, and the WARN Act. She also advises clients on employment policy design and review, reductions-in-force, and plant closings; conducts management training programs, oversees internal investigations; and negotiates and drafts executive employment, restrictive covenant, and separation agreements.


  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Legal Aid’s Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Adoption Program, Volunteer
  • Georgia Appleseed’s Juvenile Code Assessment Project, Volunteer
  • Kids in Need of Defense, Volunteer
  • State Bar of Georgia, Labor and Employment Section

Practice Areas

  • Class & Collective Action
  • Employment & Labor Litigation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Government & Internal Investigations
  • Health Care
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Restaurant
  • Retail


  • University of Montana, J.D. with honors, 1998
  • Southern Illinois University, BS, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia


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