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Ms. Jamala Sumaiya McFadden

The Employment Law Solution

This year, Jamala S. McFadden, celebrates 10 years of client service and community leadership through the Employment Law Solution (“ELS”), a firm she originally founded with three other BigLaw alumnae. 

ELS is a boutique employment law firm. ELS partners with employers to identify, minimize and resolve workplace legal issues from advice and counseling to representation in class action litigation. 

ELS is certified by the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.  

Today, ELS is a multi-million-dollar firm powered by seven lawyers and seven professional staff.   

Jamala earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School where she was an Executive Editor of the Michigan Law Review.  After law school, Jamala served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  Prior to forming ELS in 2013, Jamala was a member of (now) Eversheds Sutherland’s litigation team where she practiced for more than nine years.  Jamala is a member of the Georgia, Michigan and Illinois bars.

Jamala is actively engaged in the community.  She has served as President of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Board of Directors.  She previously served as a Georgia Supreme Court Appointee to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and currently serves on its Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants.  Jamala is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta and the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.  Jamala is most proud of her 10 years of service as an Attorney Coach for Therrell High School’s Mock Trial Team where she exposed at least 100 economically disadvantaged Black students to law as a profession – several of whom are now practicing attorneys. 

Jamala has invested deeply in learning how to manage and grow a profitable law firm.  She is an alumnus of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses program; Babson College’s Black Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program; EY’s Entrepreneurs Access Network program; the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s leadership program; and How to Manage a Small Law Firm.

Jamala is a sought-after speaker on all manner of employment law and leadership topics.  Her professional achievements and service to the community have earned her recognition from Georgia Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer, Top 50 Women Lawyers, and Top 100 Lawyers; Georgia Trend; Atlanta Business League, Fulton County Daily Report; National Bar Association; and the Atlanta Bar Association.

Jamala has one son, Jamal, and is now known as “Luvie” to her new grandson.  A lover of the sun and outdoors, in her self-care time, Jamala enjoys Caribbean beaches, trail walking, bike riding, live music and Zumba.