Practice Areas

Construction Litigation
Business Litigation
Employment and Labor Law

Ira L. Rachelson

Senior Counsel

Full Bio

Ira Rachelson began his practice with a concentration in business litigation that was primarily related to construction litigation.  He has extensive experience and represents parties needing advice or involved in disputes over construction projects.  These representations have included both the residential homeowner and the large institutional developer, suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors.  Ira handles every aspect of legal concern for parties contemplating or engaged in construction, including negotiating and drafting all of the various agreements that may be needed, filing the statutory notice of commencement, assisting in the perfection of lien rights, investigating potential and pending claims, negotiating to avoid escalation of disputes, mediating, arbitrating, or litigating matters in dispute, pursuing and collecting recovery, and generally advising parties about their rights and duties.

Ira has assisted numerous employers and employees regarding competition, solicitation of customers and employees as well as trade secret protection.  As a result of his work in these areas over his career, he has successfully litigated numerous cases.  The distinguishing characteristic of his practice is cost-effective service.  Ira is committed to keeping his eyes on the bottom line. When his involvement offers little or no chance of improving the clients’ bottom line, then he will advise the client accordingly.

Ira obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from Emory University.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia (member, Real Estate Section), and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He also has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in several states throughout the country.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1943, Ira and his wife Margaret (Ducie), have two daughters, Rebecca and Claire, one son, Benjamin, and three dogs, Rosie, Sadie, and Harlan.

Bar Admissions



J.D., Emory University School of Law
B.A., Emory University

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American Bar Association
American Trial Lawyers Association
State Bar of Georgia (Real Estate Section)

Awards and Honors

AV Rated – Martindale-Hubbell (highest possible rating)
Georgia Super Lawyer – Super Lawyers magazine, 2008-2018

Represented Cases

– Gwinnett-Club Associates v. Southern Electric Supply Company, Inc., 242 Ga. App. 507, 529 E. 2d 636 (2000)
– Capital Materials, Inc. v. Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc., 242 Ga. App. 484, 530 S.E. 2d 488, cert. den (2000)
– Maverick Materials, Inc. v. Kauffman, 227 Ga. App. 102, 488 S.E. 2d 890, 97 FCDR 3478 (1997)
– Copeland v. Home Sav. of America, F.A., 209 Ga. App. 173, 433 S.E. 2d 327 (1993)
– Abacus, Inc. v. Hebron Baptist Church, Inc., 201 Ga. App. 376, 411 S.E. 2d 113 (1991)
– Olympic Const., Inc. v. Drywall Interiors, Inc., 180 Ga. App. 142, 348 S.E. 2d 688 (1986)
– Grande Carpet Co., Inc. v. Bedco Associates No 1, 171 Ga. App. 33, 318 S.E. 2d 767 (1984)
– Iteld v. Silverboard, 247 Ga. 158, 275 S.E. 2d 645 (1981107709 1981)
– Silverboard v. Iteld, 248 Ga. 589, 285 S..E. 2d 182 (1981)
– Pace Const. Corp. v. Houdaille-Duval-Wright Division, Houdaille Industries, Inc., 245 Ga. 696, 266 S.E. 504 (1980)
– Holcomb v. Lawson, 246 Ga. 292, 271 S.E. 2d 217 (1980)
– Smith v. Fidelity Federal Sav. & Loan Ass’n., 149 Ga. App. 730, 256 S.E. 2d 43 (1979)
– Berger v. Shea, 150 Ga. App. 812, 258 S.E. 2d 621 (1979)
– Auerback v. Maslia, 14 Ga. App. 184, 235 S.E. 2d 594 (1977)
– Aaron v. Life Ins. Co. of Georgia, 138 Ga. App. 286, 226 S.E. 2d 96 (1976)
– Lee v. Stokes, 135 Ga. App. 642, 218 S.E. 2d 654 (1975)