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Emily S. Borna


P 404-586-1817
F 404-525-1173


Emily S. Borna is a Principal in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Since completing law school, she has specialized in labor and employment litigation on behalf of management.

Ms. Borna joined Jackson Lewis after a year of private practice in Savannah, Georgia. She specializes in litigating employment law cases in federal and state courts and labor and employment agencies. She has significant experience with assisting employers in meeting the legal and practical challenges posed by federal and state laws protecting injured and ill employees.

Ms. Borna has extensive experience advising businesses on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws. She routinely presents and appears as a speaker before numerous business organizations, including the Society of Human Resource Management, and management personnel addressing labor and employment issues and compliance with workplace laws. She has drafted and reviewed employment policies and counseled corporate clients on sensitive disciplinary issues. Ms. Borna has also represented employers in administrative hearings and handled litigation involving issues of wage/hour, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, disability discrimination, medical leave, age discrimination, race, national origin, and/or color discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and state tort issues.

While attending law school, she was a research and special projects editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. In addition, she studied abroad for a year and has conversational fluency in Hebrew.

Ms. Borna regularly volunteers in the “Everybody Wins” School Lunch Reading program at the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Elementary School. She also enjoys scuba diving and traveling in her free time.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Georgia Trend, "Georgia’s Legal Elite" (December 2004)
  • Legal 500, Leading Lawyer in Labor – Management Relations (2008)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Labor and Employment Law
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • SHRM Atlanta
  • State Bar of Georgia

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • “Everybody Wins” School Lunch Reading Program, Volunteer

Published Works

  • "Pregnancy Discrimination Reexamined: Accommodations for Pregnancy Under the ADAAA," Women Lawyers Journal, Vol. 98 no. 3 (2013) [Co-Author]

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April 30, 2017
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Jackson Lewis Publishes Q1 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter

April 30, 2017

Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the first quarter of 2017. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events... Read More

August 8, 2016
Business Insurance

Emily S. Borna Discusses Gender Bias in the Tech Sector

August 8, 2016

Emily S. Borna discusses gender discrimination in “Qualcomm deal speaks to gender bias in tech sector,” published by Business Insurance. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

June 24, 2016
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q4 Diversity Committee Newsletter

June 24, 2016

While our firm Chairman Vincent Cino (MOR) always says “Jackson Lewis needs to do better…” I am pleased to report that Jackson Lewis ranked 2nd in Law360’s list of the “Top 10 Biglaw Firms for Female Attorneys” and 18th in the publication’s list of the “100 Best Law Firms for Female... Read More

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May 12, 2017

Georgia Laws Endorse ‘On Call Scheduling’ Practice and Provide Limited Paid Sick Leave Protections

May 12, 2017

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed into law a measure preempting any local wage laws or requirements that employers compensate employees for changes related to employee schedules. Act 221 (H.B. 243) continues Georgia’s tradition of promoting an employer-friendly environment, particularly for retail businesses and restaurants. A... Read More

October 13, 2015

Change in Georgia’s First Offender Act Facilitating Employment to be Applied Retroactively

October 13, 2015

Legislation overhauling Georgia’s probation system also affects Georgia’s First Offender Act (“GFOA”) (O.C.G.A. § 42-8-60 et seq.), which protects certain criminal defendants from being disqualified from consideration for employment based on their criminal record. Under the GFOA, a criminal defendant who... Read More