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Marquetta J. Bryan

Of Counsel

Atlantic Station
201 17th Street NW
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363
marquetta.bryan@nelsonmullins.com

Marquetta Bryan focuses her litigation practice in the areas of education, employment, and general litigation, including defending public and private entities in general, business, and employment litigation brought under federal and state laws. Ms. Bryan also advises and litigates on behalf of educational institutions in a variety of legal matters, including proceedings under the Georgia...

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Marquetta Bryan focuses her litigation practice in the areas of education, employment, and general litigation, including defending public and private entities in general, business, and employment litigation brought under federal and state laws. Ms. Bryan also advises and litigates on behalf of educational institutions in a variety of legal matters, including proceedings under the Georgia Fair Dismissal Act and charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Bryan also defends business entities in matters involving premises liability and commercial transactions. Ms. Bryan has represented clients before the District Courts of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the state courts of Georgia, and other administrative hearing bodies. She monitors legal trends that may impact clients' businesses and assists them in implementing proactive measures in anticipation of those trends.

Fair Dismissal Act and charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Bryan also defends business entities in matters involving premises liability and commercial transactions. Ms. Bryan has represented clients before the District Courts of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the state courts of Georgia, and other administrative hearing bodies. She monitors legal trends that may impact clients' businesses and assists them in implementing proactive measures in anticipation of those trends.

Marquetta Bryan focuses her litigation practice in the areas of education, employment, and general litigation, including defending public and private entities in general, business, and employment litigation brought under federal and state laws. Ms. Bryan also advises and litigates on behalf of educational institutions in a variety of legal matters, including proceedings under the Georgia... Fair Dismissal Act and charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Bryan also defends business entities in matters involving premises liability and commercial transactions. Ms. Bryan has represented clients before the District Courts of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the state courts of Georgia, and other administrative hearing bodies. She monitors legal trends that may impact clients' businesses and assists them in implementing proactive measures in anticipation of those trends.

Experience

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Experience

  • Provides advice and counsel to public and private entities related to education and employment law and litigation, and also related to general litigation, civil rights, contract, and municipal liability matters
  • Experience in directing, overseeing, and engaging in management of employment legal activities, including risk management and compliance, pre-suit matters, internal investigations, organizational structure, compliance with labor directives, development, and review of policies and procedure
  • Experience in managing litigation, including pre-suit investigation, discovery, pretrial, trial/administrative/tribunal personnel and disciplinary hearings, mediation, and appeals

Previous Professional Experience

  • Partner, Atlanta law firm
  • Regional Attorney Advisor (Defense Litigation), United States Department of Housing & Urban Development
    • Provided counsel and defense to agency and its key personnel before courts and administrative boards in civil litigation, including employment and personnel, administrative law and federal contract dispute matters
    • Initiated Fair Housing complaints on behalf of the agency
    • Monitored the spending and litigation activities of federal funding recipients pursuant to HUD regulations
  • Cleveland, Ohio, Summer Associate
  • Employment Law Clinic, Cleveland Marshall, Cleveland, Ohio, student clinician
  • Office of the Executive Counsel to the Governor, Atlanta, legal intern
  • Georgia Law Center of Homelessness and Poverty, Atlanta, paralegal advocate

Previous Educational Activities

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    • Cleveland State University Law Review, associate
    • Vice Chair, University Judicial Board
    • National Association of Women Lawyers, Outstanding Law Student
    • Black Law Students Association, President
    • Urban League, Outstanding Law Student
    • Co-chair, Graduation Challenge
    • Faculty Appointments Committee, Appointee

Education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, JD, cum laude (2002)
  • Emory University, BA, Sociology and Religion (1997)

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Practice Areas

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  • Junior League of Atlanta, Outstanding Committee (Chair) Award (2013)
  • Co-founder, "If You Can See It, You Can Be It" (youth legal education project) (ABA Recognized)
  • Strong Award, Girls, Inc. (2013)
  • Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award, State Bar of Georgia and Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism (2014)
  • Georgia Rising Star, Thomson Reuters (2010-2012)
  • Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy Graduate (2008)
  • State Bar of Georgia Award - Outstanding Service to the Profession (2010)
  • State Bar of Georgia Award- Outstanding Service to the Public (2011)
  • State Bar of Georgia Award- Outstanding Service to the YLD (2012)
  • Board of Directors, State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Committee (2009-2012)
  • GABWA Professional Development Academy – Faculty (2012)
  • Board of Directors, DeKalb Symphony Orchestra
  • Board of Directors, Leadership DeKalb
  • Vice President of the Board of Directors, Georgia Legal Services
  • Junior League of Atlanta
  • Access to Justice Committee, Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
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