A. Craig Cleland - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

A. Craig Cleland

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 404-870-1718

Craig Cleland defends employers in litigation—including in class actions—and counsels them on compliance and risk management. He is also Co-Chair of the Firm’s Class Action Practice Group. Craig has served on several Atlanta-area nonprofit boards, including as chair.  He is currently on the Advisory Committee for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society as well as on the Board of the Atlanta Bar Labor and Employment Section. Craig is also named in Best Lawyers in America, Atlanta Magazine’s “Super Lawyers,” Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite,” and Chambers USA’s Leading Business Lawyers. He is a contributor to the new editions of Black’s Law Dictionary and Garner’s Modern American Usage and a chapter editor and contributor to Lindemann & Grossman’s Employment Discrimination Law. He also teaches Employment Discrimination Law as an Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University College of Law. Recently, Craig was recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star, one of 165 lawyers in the U.S. who “combine exceptional legal expertise with practical advice, business savvy and creative, effective solutions.” During law school, Craig was the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and winner of the McKenzie-McPhail Moot Court Competition. After graduating, he clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Marvin H. Shoob in Atlanta and then practiced at Paul Hastings before joining Ogletree Deakins. He has also completed the Harvard Law School Mediation Program and from time to time serves as a mediator.

Valdosta State UniversityBA 1978Vanderbilt UniversityM.Div 1981Yale UniversityGeorgia State UniversityJ.D. 1992
Georgia State University Law ReviewPhi Kappa PhiOmicron Delta KappaAmerican Employment Law CounselAtlanta Legal Aid Society Care & Counseling Centers of GeorgiaAll Saints’ Episcopal Church Atlanta Bar Association Federal Bar Association

Case History

  • Defending numerous Fortune and smaller employers from a wide range of industries in employment-discrimination, wage-and-hour, benefits, and RICO cases—including in class and collective actions
  • Serving as trial counsel in multiple single-plaintiff cases and arbitrations and in a class action
  • Advocating on behalf of employers in appellate arguments in federal and state appellate courts on key employment issues
Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia

Office Location

One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, Suite 4800
191 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Atlanta Metro Area
A. Craig Cleland has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male