Leslie A. Dent

Leslie A. Dent


Littler

Recognized since 2006

Atlanta, Georgia

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Leslie Dent is an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully tried cases ranging from individual discrimination matters to complex wage and hour class actions. She represents employers in class and collective actions involving off-the-clock claims, challenges to exempt status and other wage-related claims, as well as Rule 23 class actions alleging discrimination claims.

Leslie counsels and represents employers on a broad range of employment law issues, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and leave laws. She has extensive experience conducting and supervising internal investigations and defending whistleblower and retaliation claims, including Dodd Frank and False Claims Act claims.

For the past decade, Leslie has been ranked among the top employment attorneys in the state of Georgia by Chambers USA, which quotes clients who characterize her as “exceptional,” “ a strong strategist,” and “an extremely bright, terrific trial lawyer.”

Some of her representative matters include:

  • Won a crucial defense verdict for a Fortune 50 company as co-counsel in a rare three-week wage and hour class action jury trial in federal court. After seven hours of deliberations, the ten person federal jury found that the employers’ first-level supervisors of technicians were exempt from overtime under federal and state law.
  • Secured defense verdicts as lead counsel for employers in jury trials involving allegations of race and gender discrimination, hostile work environment and sexual harassment, disability discrimination and retaliation.
  • Successfully defended off-the-clock and exempt status collective action and class action claims in multiple industries and achieved low cost settlements and favorable outcomes for employers. In addition, she defeated conditional certification on all or some of the alleged claims.

    Leslie’s clients include nationwide telecommunications companies, leading healthcare technology firms, retail merchandisers, airlines, restaurant chains, financial institutions and manufacturers.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 3424 Peachtree Road NE
    Suite 1200
    Atlanta, GA 30326

Education

  • Vanderbilt University , BA, graduated 1980

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Georgia

Affiliations

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - Fellow

Littler
Madison, Wisconsin

236 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

130 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Special Focus

  • COVID-19
  • Litigation
  • Management

Awards:

  • Named, Fellow - College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Chambers USA, 2003-2015

Other Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Supreme Court of Georgia
Court of Appeals of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

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