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Debra Black Leo, Mediator, Birmingham, Alabama.

Debra Black Leo

Diplomate member
DLeo & Associates, LLC
Riverchase Drive # 36142
Birmingham, AL 35236
Tel: (205) 305-2510
Fax: (205) 305-2510
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Recognized to Alabama Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Fact Finding
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  • Practice Commenced1996
  • # of MEDS (as of 14/7/24)3000
  • # of ARBS (as of 14/7/24)100
Current Practice


Ms. Leo’s experience in the employment law arena spans over 40 years. Ms. Leo built and managed EEOC’s mediation program for the states of Alabama, Mississippi and northwest Florida. . Having worked with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for over 40 years Ms. Leo offers in-depth knowledge of laws, regulations and trends that affect the workplace. Having had the opportunity to examine and analyze a wide array of personnel practices, policies and systems, she brings a vast knowledge of best practices and common pitfalls that affect a wide range of businesses, institutions and industries.  With over 20 years of mediation experience, she has resolved over 2,500 disputes with a resolution rate exceeding 90%, 

Ms. Leo has lectured and trained extensively on employment issues and conflict resolution skills and techniques. As well as designing and delivering training for EEOC, FBI, Department of Labor, FMCS, and other federal agencies, she has designed and delivered training for private employers, corporations, institutions and entities. Her subject matter expertise includes conflict resolution, harassment, accommodation, and other specialized training for workforce issues.

Ms. Leo focuses her practice on mediating employment disputes, providing training on conflict resolution, EEO matters and communication skills, and investigating workplace complaints.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Labor/Unions
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Lemon Law
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Native American
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Professional Fees
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation


  • Juris Doctorate - Birmingham School of Law Birmingham, AL
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - University of Alabama at Birmingham (Tau Beta Pi)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Alabama Academy of Attorney Mediators (President and Executive Committee)
  • Alabama Supreme Court Commission on ADR
  • FINRA Panel of Neutrals
  • Appellate Mediator – Alabama Supreme Court and Court of Civil Appeals
  • Association of Attorney Mediators (Board Member)
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Rates Information

Please call office for rates information - (205) 305-2510

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