Crystal D. Kesler

Staff Attorney

Atlanta
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Overview

A skilled liability and employment law attorney, Crystal Kesler enlists in-depth experience and legal knowledge to benefit clients. Her background is diverse: Crystal has provided crucial guidance to municipalities and corporations on employment practices, and she has also served as the lead attorney for federal employees in more than 15 cases in a range of venues, including before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Federal Operations. Creative and hard-working, Crystal frequently collaborates with her clients to achieve favorable outcomes.

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  • Member of the team involved in a three-day arbitration hearing involving claims of sex-based discrimination, disability discrimination and retaliation, resulting in an award in favor of the client. 
  • Advised municipalities and corporations on numerous employment practices, EEO programs and statutory compliance.
  • Represented federal employees as lead attorney in more than 15 cases before the Equal Employment Office (EEO), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Office of Special Counsel (OSC), Office of Federal Operations (OFO) and Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) concerning matters of employment discrimination in violation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and otherwise improper adverse employment actions.
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Experience

  • Member of the team involved in a three-day arbitration hearing involving claims of sex-based discrimination, disability discrimination and retaliation, resulting in an award in favor of the client. 
  • Advised municipalities and corporations on numerous employment practices, EEO programs and statutory compliance.
  • Represented federal employees as lead attorney in more than 15 cases before the Equal Employment Office (EEO), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Office of Special Counsel (OSC), Office of Federal Operations (OFO) and Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) concerning matters of employment discrimination in violation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and otherwise improper adverse employment actions.
  • Negotiated, mediated and settled numerous employment discrimination, personal injury, property damage, premise liability and contract dispute matters.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Gate City Bar Association
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA)
    • Vice President of Technology (2017 to 2018)
  • Defense Research Institution (DRI)

Prior Positions

  • Fulton County L/T Mediation: Registered Georgia Neutral - Mediator (2014 to 2015)
  • City of Atlanta, Department of Law: Summer Associate (2014)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity: Enforcement Branch Intern (2014)

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • Georgia

Education

  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law, 2015; Black Law Students Association, Treasurer; Moot Court Board
  • B.B.A., Belmont University, 2012