Chelsey M.  Lewis

Chelsey M. Lewis

Senior Associate / Atlanta

Chelsey Lewis concentrates her practice on representing employers in claims relating to labor and employment law.

Chelsey advises and represents employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters including discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII, the Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act. She has experience negotiating and drafting employment and separation agreements, as well as drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants including non-competition and non-solicitation provisions. Chelsey also assists employers with workplace investigations, and provides counseling on various topics including discharge and discipline, accommodation requirements, employee handbooks and employment agreements.

Chelsey has recently practiced in state court and represented employers in administrative actions with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Labor.

Additionally, Chelsey has worked in-house with both the legal department and human resources department for a major international packaging company. During her time in-house, Chelsey regularly provided day-to-day employment and human resources advice, and gained a first-hand appreciation of client needs.

Chelsey serves on the Board of Directors for HouseProud Atlanta and leads FordHarrison’s pro bono legal employment support for Habitat for Humanity.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Chelsey was an intern with Judge John J. Goger in the Superior Court of Fulton County. In this role, she conducted legal research, prepared memoranda, and wrote draft opinions in complex civil and criminal cases. 

During law school, Chelsey served as an Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review, President of the Labor and Employment Law Association, Vice President of the Equal Justice Foundation, and Teaching Assistant to Professor David Shipley. She also earned awards in Employment & Labor Law, Property, and Civil Procedure. Upon graduation, Chelsey was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Representative Experience
  • Represented client in seeking enforcement of non-compete agreement including request for injunctive relief;
  • Drafted restrictive covenant agreement for client, which included non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure clauses;
  • Represented clients before federal and state administrative agencies such as the EEOC, including responding to discrimination complaints and drafting position statements;
  • Reviewed employee manuals and employment policies to reflect new labor and employment-related legislation;
  • Defended clients in litigation arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, and the Age Discrimination and Employment Act.
Honors & Awards

  • Donald P. Gilmore, Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor & Employment Law 
  • James E. Butler Scholarship Recipient
  • Spanish (conversational)