Erika L. Leonard

Shareholder || Atlanta, Austin

Erika Leonard is a Shareholder in the Atlanta and Austin office of Ogletree Deakins. Ms. Leonard has successfully represented clients in nearly a dozen wage and hour class and collective actions, as well as numerous single-plaintiff employment discrimination cases, appellate litigation, and traditional labor matters. Ms. Leonard was lead associate on the trial team that obtained a rare defense jury verdict in an FLSA and state law hybrid wage and hour action, as well as a member of the team representing a major airline with regard to complex labor issues in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Ms. Leonard also advises clients on compliance with federal and state laws, prepares employee handbooks, conducts harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour investigations and training, and drafts employment agreements.

Ms. Leonard received her J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law, cum laude, in 2003. Ms. Leonard received her B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College in 1999. She is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, and the Labor and Employment section of the American Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals and the State and Superior Courts of Georgia.

Ms. Leonard is an Associate Editor for Employment Discrimination Law (Fifth Edition), and the First Supplement of that treatise. She has previously served as Coordinating Editor for the Third Supplement to Employment Discrimination Law (Fourth Edition). In addition, she has contributed to chapters in the Employment Law Deskbook for Human Resources Professionals, the California Business Law Deskbook, and Reductions in Force in Employment Law. Ms. Leonard serves on the board of an Atlanta-based children’s charity and is a member of the organizational team that founded the first free medical clinic in her community.

Learn more about Erika L. Leonard
  • Trial counsel, obtaining defense jury verdict for large telecommunications company in three-week FLSA/state law hybrid class/collective misclassification case of several hundred plaintiffs.
  • Member of trial team attaining relief for airline with regard to complex labor issues in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Defended employers against off-the-clock collective action claims brought by call center workers in five separate cases
  • Represented employers in approximately a dozen individual discrimination, retaliation or wage and hour lawsuits


  • J.D., cum laude, Washington and Lee University Law School, 2003
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 1999

Admittance to Practice

  • Georgia
  • Texas
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia

Professional Activities

  • Georgia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment section)
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Atlanta Bar Association


  • ABA 9th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference - "When the Ethics Rules Become a Sword" - Philadelphia - November 2015
  • ABA Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting - "When the Ethics Rules Become a Sword" - Naples - March 2015
  • February 2017 - The Atlanta Lawyer - "Depositions of Organizations Under Rule 30(b)(6)"
  • 2015 - California Business Law Deskbook - "Managing Leaves of Absence"
  • 2014 - Associate Editor - "Employment Discrimination Law, 5th Ed. Supplement"
  • 2014 - The Regulation of Compensation - "Trial Issues in Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions"
  • 2012 - Associate Editor - "Employment Discrimination Law, 5th Ed"
  • 2012 - 2015 - Employment Law Deskbook for Human Resources Professionals - "FMLA Compliance and Best Practices"
  • 2010 - Coordinating Editor - "Employment Discrimination Law, 4th Ed. Supplement"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Georgia Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Leadership Academy (2008)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-present)