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Two Party $337.50
Three Party $285.00
Four Party $235.00
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A Senior Partner at Parks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C., A. Lee Parks has over 43 years of experience as a trial lawyer, primarily in labor and employment law in the public and private sector. Lee’s extensive trial and appellate experience help him assist litigants with practical valuations of their cases based on past results in similar cases, the assigned judge or magistrate, the jury pool, and the appellate climate in which any verdict would be reviewed. His ongoing trial practice represents plaintiffs and defendants, keeping him current with the numerous factors essential to meaningful litigation risk analysis and successful mediation.

Lee offers the option of hosting mediations and arbitrations at his Midtown law firm located in the Peachtree Building (Address: 1355 Peachtree St NE Suite 2000, Atlanta, GA 30309).


  • University of Arizona, B.A. with honors (1974)
  • Emory Law School, J.D. Director of the Emory Moot Court Society, Member Editorial Board of the Emory Law Journal, Order of the Barristers (1974)

Bar Admission

  • Georgia (1977)

Legal Employment & Experience

  • Parks, Chesin & Walbert, P.C., involving 44 years as a trial lawyer with an emphasis on employment law, including Title VII, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA and ADA. (Senior Partner)
  • Successfully argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court, served as lead counsel in over 100 jury trials and counsel of record in over 150 reported appellate decisions.
  • Frequent ICLE lecturer
  • Honored as a Georgia Super Lawyer; listed in Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia (2006 to present)
  • Honored as a Distinguished Leader of the Bar, Georgia Legal Awards 2020

Professional & Social Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club
  • Old Warhorse Lawyers Club
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Ansley Golf Club (President, 2010 - 2012)


ADR Experience

  • Mr. Parks is committed to mediation as the new way to litigate and conducts over 100 mediations annually. He relies on his extensive trial and appellate experience, allowing him to assist litigants with a pragmatic valuation of their case based on past results in similar cases, the judge to which your case is assigned, your jury pool, and the appellate climate in which any verdict would be reviewed. His national trial practice representing, both plaintiffs and defendants, keeps him current with the numerous and nuanced factors essential to a meaningful litigation risk analysis for both sides that leads to successful mediations. His mediation philosophy is to focus the parties on the future and seek a win-win solution that solves past problems by seeking out a settlement that becomes the bridge to tomorrow for all parties.

Areas of Expertise

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Fair Labor Standards Act

Attorney References

  • Littler Mendelson
    • Traywick Duffie
    • Dionysia L. Johnson-Massie
  • Troutman Sanders
    • Richard Gerakitis
    • Ashley Z. Hager
  • Buckley/Beal
    • Edward Buckley
    • Andrew Beal
  • Barrett & Farahany
    • Amanda Farahany
    • V. Severin Roberts
  • Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani
    • Chad Schultz
  • Cook & Connelly
    • Bobby Lee Cook
  • The Barnes Law Group
    • Roy Barnes
  • Fisher & Phillips
    • E. Scott Smith
    • Walter J. Kruger, III
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash Smoak & Stewart
    • C. Garner Sanford
    • Lauren H. Zeldin
  • Jackson Lewis
    • Justin R. Barnes
    • Eric R. Magnus
    • Jeffrey A. Schwartz
  • Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete
    • Jonathan Martin
  • Freeman, Mathis & Gary
    • Bradley T. Adler
    • Martin B. Heller
    • Joyce M. Mocek
  • Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial
    • Matthew T. Gomes
  • Thompson Hine
    • Anthony C. White

Lee has been one of my go-to litigators on difficult business and emploment cases He understands the essence of cases quickly and, most importantly, learns the psychological component for each party which is critical to overcoming obstacles to settlement. I have worked with many of the best mediators in Georgia and elsewhere, and he has been one of the most tenacious and effective. In the last two months alone, he settled in one day a series of related complex trust and business cases pending for seven years where emotions were high and attorneys’ fees on each side were in the millions, and then later settled another arbitration between a high level executive and a private equity fund. His ability to understand the parties and keep the mediation on track is unparalleled in my experience. His passion for mediation is notable, which makes a huge difference for clients.

Richard Robbins

Robbins Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC

It was my pleasure dealing with an absolute pro. Thanks to you we got these cases resolved. I look forward to other opportunities to utilize your mediation services.

Nathan Goldberg

Allred, Maroko & Goldberg

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed meeting you and the extraordinary job you did.  This was a very difficult mediation and I don’t think many folks could bring what you brought to the table to get past the obstacles to settlement – in both rooms.  You are at the top of my list! 

Harris D. Butler, III

Butler Roylals PLC

Lee was excellent! The chasm between the positions of the parties for the majority of the day was so vast settlement seemed remote, but Lee made it happen.

Daniel L. Parr, Sr.

Weaver Law Firm

Helps to have the best mediator in the state!”

Justin M. Scott

Scott Employment Law, P.C.

Lee Parks did a fantastic job and I’m glad others at our firm are finally hearing what I’ve been preaching. He is one of the best mediators that I’ve used, anywhere, anytime.

Bradley T. Adler

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP

Lee Parks did a fantastic job. I will definitely use Lee again.

Mike Weaver

Weaver Law Firm

Lee, since this mediation has concluded one way or another, I want to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks for the excellent job you did. Our side entered into the process most reluctantly but left the room with little hostility and with a very realistic evaluation of the economics of litigation. Equally significant, you drew out the Plaintiff in settlement discussions for the very first time.

Bruce E. Mitchell, Esq.

The Mitchell Law Firm

Lee is absolutely superb. He is among the best, if not the best, employment mediator in Georgia.


Lee Parks is the most effective mediator I have used in 30 years. He knows the law. He studies the parties' positions and understands their interests in pursuing or defending a claim. He recently had to mediate a case involving claims of national origin discrimination with 9 plaintiffs each thinking that his or her case was highly valuable and each was reluctant to settle. Lee diligently studied each claim and never mixed one up with another. He achieved a settlement of nearly all the claims and the few remaining ones were dismissed.

Richard Gerakitis

Troutman Sanders LLP

Just a quick thank you – your work yesterday was invaluable! The client is delighted with the result, and I’m grateful for your hard work and guiding hand.

Cary Reid Burke

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Without [Lee’s] skill and talent, and [his] ability to thread the needle, there is zero chance we would have gotten this one done. I cannot thank [him] enough.

Megan Mathews Noble

Drew, Eckl & Farnham

Lee Parks is great.

Jack Rosenberg, Attorney/Mediator

As an accomplished and experienced employment lawyer, Lee Parks is able to help litigants navigate through the difficult legal and practical issues in employment cases. He delves deeply into the underlying interests of the parties to enable a successful resolution of the case, when resolution seems impossible. With both his expertise and his creative solutions, Lee is able to get the parties to a settlement.

Amanda Farahany, Esq.

Barrett & Farahany, LLP

Traywick Duffey [an associate of mine] said that you were the best employment mediator east of the Mississippi River. I now know why.

Jay St. Clair

Littler Mendelson, PC