Anita K. Bala
Phone: 404-920-0343 |
Fax: 404-781-1101 |
Anita Bala has extensive experience representing clients in a variety of
employment, civil rights, and disability discrimination disputes. Her
experience includes claims involving race, sex, age, national origin,
religion, and disability-related discrimination involving employees and
students. She has also handled cases involving sexual assault of students
in schools under federal Title IX, as well as civil cases involving police
misconduct. Many of her cases have been covered by the media or have otherwise
Prior to joining Buckley Beal, Anita represented several Atlanta area school
systems for numerous years in a wide variety of litigation matters, including
employment discrimination, civil rights, torts, whistleblower, Individuals
with Disabilities in Education Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act cases. Immediately after law school, Anita worked for the City of
New York prosecuting child abuse and neglect cases. Over the course of
defending public entities for ten years, Anita developed a deep compassion
for individuals needing access to services or justice, but lacking the
voice or resources to self-advocate. As a result, she moved to Buckley
Beal with the intention of answering the call to help individuals in adverse
circumstances overcome legal obstacles.
Anita received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Georgia School
of Law after completing her B.A. in International Studies from Emory University.
She also spent a year abroad studying at the London School of Economics
and Political Science, where she pursued a course of study in the Department
of International History. While in law school, Anita was active in the
Criminal Defense Clinic and the Educational Law and Policy Forum, for
which she wrote a scholarly article on the merits of alternative pathways
to teacher certification. She also received a prestigious public interest
law fellowship during her second year to pursue a criminal law internship
in New York for the summer. In college, Anita served on the Board of the
Emory chapter of the ACLU, and spent a year interning for Amnesty International.
Anita is a member of the State Bars of New York and Georgia, and is admitted
to practice in the state courts of New York and Georgia, the Northern
District of Georgia, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
In her spare time, Anita enjoys spending time with her husband and two
daughters. She also enjoys yoga, searching for the perfect noir thriller
on Netflix, and blogging about her favorite restaurants around town.