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Crystal Stevens McElrath

Senior Attorney

Practice Areas

Employment Counseling & LitigationWorkers' Compensation


  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., 2010)
  • Duke University (Cert. in Nonprofit Management, 2015)
  • Emory University (M.T.S., 2010)
  • University of Virginia (B.A., 2006)


Crystal Stevens McElrath practices in the areas of employment law and workers’ compensation defense. Ms. McElrath frequently publishes papers and presents to employers, insurers and third-party administrators on the practical aspects of dealing with injured or disabled workers, leave laws and discrimination claims.

In 2010, Ms. McElrath received both her law degree from Emory University School of Law and Master of Theological Studies from Emory University. While in law school, she served as a summer clerk for the Honorable Stanley Birch, Jr., the Honorable William Duffey on the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. McElrath received her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2006.

Ms. McElrath is the co-chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. She previously served as the national director of community service on the board of directors for the National Black Law Students Association from 2008 to 2009.


  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Workers' Compensation Section Co-Chair
  • State Bar of Georgia

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Publications and Presentations

  • Workplace Pregnancy Protection Laws: More Than Just Family Medical Leave Act,” Workforce, November 2018
  • Co-author, "Expecting Accommodations: Best Practices for Accommodating Pregnant Employees," Employee Benefit Plan Review, June 2018
  • Co-author, “Navigating the Willful Misconduct Defense," Association of Corporate Counsel Docket, April 2018
  • Co-author, "Federal Regulations Update," Employment Relations Today, January 2018
  • Co-author, "Practical Aspects of Death Claims and Dependency," ICLE GA Workers' Compensation Law Institute, October 2014
  • "OSHA Recordability, Reportability and Impact on Workers’ Compensation: Interplay Between OSHA’s Amended 29 CFR 1904.35 and Workers’ Compensation Laws and Administration," ABA 2019 Midwinter Meeting, March 2019
  • "Workers' Compensation Basics" and "FMLA and Other Leave Issues," NBI Seminar: Human Resource Law from A to Z, February 2019
  • “Double Duty: Reconciling Employee Handbook Policies to Comply with Federal Employment Laws and the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act,” 2018 SHRM Georgia Legal Summit, May 2018
  • “Workers Compensation Basics” and “Discrimination and Harassment,” NBI Seminar: Guide to Human Resource Laws in the Workplace, December 2017
  • “Less Polaroids and Snap Filters, More Composition and Development: What Darkroom Photography Can Teach Us About Crisis Communications and Legal Position Statements," Nonprofit Risk Management Center's Risk Summit, September 2017
  • “Houston, We Have a Problem: What to Do When Workers’ Compensation Laws and Employee Handbooks Conflict," 2017 State Board of Workers’ Compensation Annual Educational Conference, August 2017
  • "Taboo: Navigating Hiring, Firing, Leave and Disability Conversations without Running Afoul of ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation Laws," Nonprofit Risk Management Center's Risk Summit, September 2016
  • "Preventing the Fast-Break: Defending the Workers' Compensation Claim Before it Becomes an Employment Law Lay-Up," Compensation Courier, Defense Research Institute, April 2016
  • "Staring Down the Rabbit Hole of Presumption: Death Claims and 'Presumption' in Workers' Comp Claims," Workers' Compensation Institute, April 2013

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