Sherry A. Nielsen

Associate Atlanta

Sherry Akande Nielsen is an associate in the Employment Law Department at Ogletree.  Ms. Nielsen represents employers in various employment law matters, including actions brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.  Ms. Nielsen also has experience handling complex disability access issues under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ms. Nielsen joined Ogletree after spending two years in Toronto, Ontario, where she worked in-house for a large software data implementation company.  Prior to working in-house, Ms. Nielsen worked as an associate at a large international law firm in Atlanta, Georgia.  Ms. Nielsen’s background—both firm and in-house—has afforded her experience with a broad array of domestic and international labor and employment matters, in addition to her expertise with Title III ADA matters.

Mrs. Nielsen earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law, where she graduated with honors in 2010.  While at Emory Law, she was a member of the Emory Moot Court Society and was selected to compete as a member of the 2009-2010 National Moot Court team.  Ms. Nielsen received various awards for her oral advocacy skills, including Final Round Best Oral Advocate in the region at the 2009 American College of Trial Lawyers National Moot Court Competition.  She also received the Atlanta Bar Association Board of the Labor and Employment Law Section Outstanding Student Award in 2010. 

Ms. Nielsen earned her B.A. in History from Emory University in 2006. 

Outside of her practice, Ms. Nielsen serves as a Board Member of the Tommy Nobis Center, a not-for-profit, whose mission is to assist individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment.


Ms. Nielsen has experience litigating cases for private employers of all sizes and from various industries.  She has represented clients against allegations of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, and other violations under state and federal law.

With respect to Title III of the ADA, Ms. Nielsen has represented several large hotel/casinos, banks, retail stores, and other places of public accommodation with matters related to accessibility. Furthermore, Ms. Nielsen has worked on negotiations and mediations on Title III matters filed with the United States Department of Justice.

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Professional Activities:

  • Georgia Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)


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