Adonica Starke-Melson

Adonica Starke-Melson


Adonica Starke-Melson focuses her practice on labor and employment matters. She represents employers in single-plaintiff, collective action and class action litigation involving race, sex, color, disability, age discrimination and harassment; wrongful termination; retaliation; FLSA and state wage and hour law matters; unfair labor practices; and restricted covenants litigation. Ms. Starke-Melson’s practice extends to both state and federal law in a variety of different industries.

  • FLSA and state wage and hour issues
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation



  • Pro Bono Law Clerk, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Law Clerk, Entergy Services, Inc.
  • Student Attorney, Tulane Civil Litigation Clinic
  • Special Education Teacher, Teach for America
  • Judicial Intern, Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams, Fulton County Superior Court

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, The Daily Report’s "Georgia Labor & Employment Litigation Department of the Year," 2017
  • Member, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
  • Member, The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.
  • Board Member, The Enchanted Closet
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, Gate City Bar Association


  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, 2015
    • Member, American Association for Justice Trial Team
    • Member, Federal Bar Association
    • Member, Order of the Barristers
    • Trial Chair, Moot Court Board
  • B.A., cum laude, Spelman College, 2010
    • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia