Trishanda L. Treadwell

Trishanda L. Treadwell

Partner | Atlanta Office
T: (404) 420-5578
F: (404) 522-8409

Practice Group(s)



  • Oglethorpe University - (B.A., cum laude, 1996)
  • Georgia State University College of Law - (J.D., cum laude, 2002); Student Writing Associate Editor, Georgia State University Law Review, 2001-2002; President, Student Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • Georgia


About Trish

Trish is a partner with the firm's Litigation and Employment practice group. She represents clients in state and federal courts in a variety of commercial litigation contexts, primarily including employment and franchise disputes, but also including UCC and other banking litigation and general complex commercial litigation and arbitration.

As part of her employment law practice, Trish provides counseling and general advice on employment-related issues. She has represented clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Georgia Department of Labor, and FINRA, as well as in state and federal courts. Representative engagements include claims for discrimination and retaliation based on age, gender, race, religion, and disability; breach of employment agreements; alleged violations of federal and state wage and hour and leave laws; and advice regarding employment handbooks, policies, trade secrets, non-competes and other restrictive covenants, and executive and employee agreements.

Trish also has represented several franchisors in actions to enforce franchise agreements against franchisees or in actions by third parties asserting vicarious liability against the franchise system. Trish provides counseling for franchisors with respect to their disclosure documents, franchise agreements, terminations, and other issues. She also has spoken at state and national conferences regarding franchise issues.  Trish is currently an editor for the Franchise Law Journal.

She has served on the Firm’s diversity, recruiting, and mentoring program committees.

Trish is a graduate of Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, GA), where she is currently on the Board of Trustees and a member of its Executive Committee and former co-chair of the Oglethorpe Women’s Network. After graduation, she taught middle school and high school before attending Georgia State University College of Law, where she graduated cum laude, was Student Writing Associate Editor of the Law Review, and served as president of the Student Bar Association. Trish currently serves on the board of the non-profit Trees Atlanta and serves on the Advisory Council for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.  She remains actively involved in local, state, and national bar associations, including as a member of the planning committee for the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys. She is a consistent Saturday Lawyers volunteer with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and has contributed a significant amount of time to pro bono work.

Representative Engagements

  • Defended national securities brokerage firm in federal court against claims of employment discrimination.
  • Defended human resources staffing entity against class action complaint alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Defended staffing company in claim alleging bipolar disorder as disability under Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Defended Maryland company in suit alleging sexual harassment.
  • Defended trucking/construction company in suit alleging sexual harassment, age discrimination, and retaliation.
  • Successfully tried case before jury on behalf of national banking association against customer whose office manager embezzled money from the customer.
  • Represented and obtained favorable judgment on behalf of manufacturer in claims against seller of purchased business division in federal bench trial involving misrepresentations within and breach of asset purchase agreement.
  • Represented national banking associations and other banking entities in UCC matters involving check fraud and forgeries, wrongful dishonor, negligence, breach of contract, wrongful foreclosure, and conversion in both state and federal court.
  • Represented communications wire company in multimillion dollar action involving allegations stemming from the company's sale of a portion of its business pursuant to a purchase agreement.
  • Representation involved both defense of New York declaratory judgment and prosecution of multicount Georgia action.
  • Defended securities brokerage firm in multiple actions involving investor claims relating to purchase of securities.
  • Successfully defended seller of high-end commercial real estate in action brought by potential purchaser for specific performance of letter of intent.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Franchise Forum: Member, Journal Associate Editor, Diversity Caucus Member, Forum Liaison to ABA Women in Profession Committee
  • American Bar Association, ABA Litigation and Labor & Employment Law Sections: Member
  • Wage and Hour Defense Institute: Member and Georgia representative
  • Int’l Franchise Association: 2015 Presenter
  • American Employment Law Council, Member
  • Served on the Firm's Diversity Committee and Recruiting Committee
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program Steering Committee
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, including Litigation Section and Law School Outreach Committee
  • The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys: Speaker Chair, 2014-15; Chair Elect, 2016
  • Board of Visitors, Georgia State University College of Law, Board of Visitors (2013 - )
  • Trustee, Oglethorpe University
  • Trees Atlanta Board of Directors, Executive Committee
  • Meritas Labor & Employment Section Steering Committee
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society: Advisory Council Member


  • Recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer Rising Star (2012-2014)

Publications and Presentations

  • “The Most Significant Franchise Law Decisions of 2012” - Co-author/Co-presenter with Ron Coleman, State Bar of Georgia’s Franchise and Distribution Law Section CLE: Advanced Topics in Franchise Law Seminar, Feb. 26, 2013
  • "Applicability of the Presumption of Irreparable Harm After eBay" – Co-author with Ron Coleman and Elizabeth Loyd, (ABA Franchise Law Journal, Summer 2012)
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