Yendelela Neely Holston
Assistant Vice President - Senior Legal Counsel, AT&T Services, Inc.
Yendelela Neely Holston is a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of Furman University where she double-majored in history and political science. Yendelela is also a cum laude graduate of Duke University School of Law (2006). After graduating law school, Yendelela joined the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP (formerly Kilpatrick Stockton LLP) where she concentrated her practice on employment counseling, litigation and defense strategy, with particular emphasis on discrimination, occupational safety and health, and wage and hour issues. While in private practice, Yendelela successfully defended employers in a variety of industries in federal and state courts. Yendelela was voted into the partnership at Kilpatrick Townsend in 2013 and remained a partner at the firm until December 2015, when she joined the legal department of AT&T Services, Inc. Yendelela is currently Assistant Vice President-Senior Legal Counsel at AT&T Services, Inc., where she develops strategy and manages outside counsel in class action litigation against AT&T or related entities involving employment matters. In addition to being a skilled litigator, Yendelela has experience counseling business clients on employment law issues, advising through all aspects of the employment relationship, including policy creation and implementation, resolution of difficult employment issues, and development of strategies to avoid employment disputes. Yendelela’s passion for the law is rivaled only by her commitment to the community. Yendelela is a Trustee for her alma mater Furman University, a member of the National Board for and the chair of the Atlanta Local Advisory Board for Jumpstart, and was appointed by the Mayor of Atlanta to serve as the vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. Yendelela is also a proud member of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and of the Board of Directors for Families First. In addition, Yendelela is an active member of Impact United Methodist Church where she chairs the Staff Parish Relations Committee. Yendelela resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband Karlton and their sons, Aaron and Joshua.