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Shirley D. Akrasih

Troutman Pepper


Shirley is an associate in the firm's Labor + Employment Practice Group. Her practice includes litigation and counseling related to a variety of employment matters, including Title VII and ADA discrimination, harassment and retaliation, labor arbitrations, trade secret misappropriation, employment-related cannabis regulation, and employee handbooks and policies.

Shirley graduated from Howard University School of Law, where she completed her Juris Doctor and served as a staff editor for the Howard Law Journal. While in law school, Shirley worked as a Federal Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Legal Clerk for an American insurance company. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Kimberley S. Knowles of the Superior Court of District of Columbia, Criminal Division.

In 2022, after a highly competitive process, Shirley was selected as a Fellow to the National Employment Law Council Academy as one of only 30 attorneys nationwide chosen based on their high potential for success and a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in management-side employment law. As a firm advocate of higher education, Shirley also dedicates her time to serving on the Local Action Board of Jumpstart Atlanta and participating in panels where she has the opportunity to speak to students from varying backgrounds about the power of higher education.



Georgia Human Resources Manual