Sumaya Ellard

Sumaya Ellard


Sumaya S. Ellard focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. She is experienced representing employers in single-plaintiff, collective action and class action litigation involving race, sex, color, disability, and age discrimination and harassment; wrongful termination; retaliation; wage and hour laws (including classification and termination pay issues); and unfair labor practices. Ms. Ellard's discrimination practice covers both state and federal law, in a variety of different industries, including education, government, health care, and the financial sector. She regularly drafts severance agreements and releases, reviews and drafts personnel policies, revises employee handbooks, and advises employers with respect to terminations, disability accommodation and use of the interactive process, large-scale reductions in force and reorganizations, independent contractor/common law employee status and other employment-related issues. In addition, Ms. Ellard has gained considerable experience representing employers in restrictive covenant litigation, including suits for breaches of confidentiality and violations of non-solicitation covenants.


  • FLSA and state wage and hour issues
  • FLSA classification and exemption status
  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation
  • Employment separation and settlement agreements

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  • Research Assistant, ORC Macro International, Inc., July 2002-July 2006

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Regional Litigation Department of the Year - Georgia,” 2018
  • Selected, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2018
  • Team Member, The Daily Report’s "Georgia Labor & Employment Litigation Department of the Year," 2015
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2013
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Virginia School of Law, 2009
    • Editorial Board, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and The Law
  • B.S., Business Administration, summa cum laude, Trinity College, 2004
  • Georgia