Nancy Pridgen

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Experience Highlights

Nancy focuses her practice on employment litigation in the federal courts, and has handled, in some capacity, nearly every type of employment law matter that exists, including employment discrimination (age, race/nationality, gender, disability), retaliation, harassment, unemployment, FMLA, FLSA/wage and hour, ERISA/employee benefits, employment contracts, etc.  Nancy also enjoys assisting businesses, business owners, executives and key employees navigate the waters of transitioning out of old and into new employment relationships, with all of their attendant issues (including, for instance, negotiating severance or other benefits, and drafting/negotiating new employment terms, etc.).

Nancy sub-specializes in ERISA litigation, and has litigated scores of ERISA benefits claims and fiduciary cases throughout the country. Nancy developed this expertise in ERISA Litigation while at Alston + Bird, where she litigated numerous class actions and other complex litigation involving employee pension and welfare benefit claims. She has continued her focus on ERISA since then, including while a managing member of Monnolly Pridgen LLC and while she was Of Counsel at Carlock, Copeland & Stair. Nancy writes and speaks often on ERISA/employment litigation topics; you can access the titles of her publications and speaking engagements from her bio page.  Nancy is also currently serving as an Officer in the Georgia State Bar Employee Benefits Section.

Prior to moving home to Georgia, Nancy served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit, Michigan for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and an Assistant Attorney General for Michigan’s Attorney General’s Office.  Her time in government service provided Nancy with valuable insight on how government investigations and litigation are handled.  Nancy was also privileged to serve as a judicial law clerk for two federal district court judges, The Honorable Paul D. Borman, in the Eastern District of Michigan, and The Honorable James G. Carr, in the Northern District of Ohio.

Nancy is a proud graduate of Auburn University, where she graduated summa cum laude, as the President’s Award winner for the College of Liberal Arts for her graduating class, with a double major and in the University Honors Program. Nancy received her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where she served as a Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and was named NAWL’s Outstanding Woman Law Graduate for her class, in addition to her Dean’s List honors.

When not working, Nancy is spending quality time with her husband and four children.  You are most likely to find her at one of her sons’ baseball games or her daughter’s competitive cheerleading practices and competitions.  In the fall, she and her family are obsessed with SEC football.

Industries Served

  • Employment Law
  • Employment discrimination (age, race/nationality, gender, disability),
  • Retaliation
  • Harassment
  • Unemployment
  • FMLA, FLSA/wage and hour
  • ERISA/employee benefits
  • Employment contracts

Selected Publications & Speaking Engagements

• 2015 Year In Review: ERISA Litigation in the 11th Circuit & Supreme Court, at I.C.L.E. ERISA Litigation: 7th Annual Employee Benefits Law Seminar, Atlanta (upcoming March 30, 2016).

• Preparing to Win the Procedural Battles in ERISA Benefits Litigation, at ERISA Denial of Benefits Litigation, Strafford Publications Webinar (May 5, 2015)

• ERISA Subrogation/Reimbursement for Georgia’s Trial Lawyers, GTLA CLE Seminar, Atlanta (April 30, 2015).

• 2014 Tour of ERISA Litigation Decisions by the 11th Circuit & the Supremes: The Year In Review, at I.C.L.E. ERISA Litigation: 6th Annual Employee Benefits Law Seminar, Atlanta (March 20, 2015).

• What You Need To Know About ERISA Subrogation Liens, VERDICT: Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, pp. 20-23 (Summer 2014).

• 2013: ERISA Litigation in the 11th Circuit & Supreme Court, at I.C.L.E. ERISA Litigation: 5th Annual Employee Benefits Law Seminar, Atlanta (April 2, 2014).

• Pridgen, Nancy. Preparing for Trial in Federal Court. (James Pub.: Costa Mesa, CA) 3rd ed., 2013. Click here for more information.

• Benefit Claims Litigation: Assessing Recent Key Cases in ERISA Benefits Litigation, at ACI’s 6th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, New York (Oct. 25, 2013).

• ERISA Litigation in the Eleventh Circuit: 2011 & 2012 in Review, at I.C.L.E. ERISA Litigation: 4th Annual Employee Benefits Law Seminar, Atlanta (May 30, 2013).

• Preparing to Win the Procedural Battles in ERISA Benefits Litigation, at ERISA Denial of Benefits Litigation, Strafford Publications Webinar (May 14, 2013).

• Removal and Preemption: The Current State of the Law, at ACI’s 5th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, New York (January 22-23, 2013).

• The Basics: What Every Human Resources Professional Needs to Know about Employment Law, Guest Lecture at Mercer University Atlanta Campus (May 3, 2012).

• Standards of Review in ERISA Disability Benefits Claims, at ACI’s 14th Annual Conference on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, New York (January 27, 2012).

• 11th Circuit and Supreme Court ERISA Case Law Update, at I.C.L.E. ERISA Litigation: 2nd Annual Employee Benefits Law Seminar, Atlanta (March 17, 2011).

• The Circuits are Split: Does MetLife v. Glenn’s “Structural Conflict” Holding Apply When Employee Benefits Are Funded from a Trust?, COMPENSATION & BENEFITS REV. v. 42, pp. 30-38 (Jan.-Feb. 2010).

• Employee Benefits Funded Through Trusts: A New Circuit Split, ABA TORTSOURCE v. 12, no. 1 (Fall 2009).

• Retiree Medical Litigation Developments, at The Employer Summit on Retiree Healthcare Conference, Atlanta (June 2009).

• Retiree Welfare Benefit Cuts: How to Avoid Potential Problems, at Boomers on the Brink, ERISA Litigation on the Rise Conference, Charlotte (Nov. 2008).

• MetLife v. Glenn and Employee Benefits Litigation, FINANCIAL SERVICES LAW360 (June 30, 2008).

• The Time Value of Money Is Not Age Discrimination: Why Cash Balance Plans are Withstanding Scrutiny, at Boomers on the Brink, ERISA Litigation on the Rise Conference, Atlanta (April 2008).

• The Duty to Monitor Appointed Fiduciaries Under ERISA: Officers & Directors Can Take Actions to Protect Themselves Against Monitoring Claims, COMPENSATION & BENEFITS REV. v. 39, pp. 46-51 (Sept.-Oct. 2007).

• Implications of Langbecker v. EDS on Class Certification in Employer Stock Drop Litigation, with Douglas Hinson, MEALEY’S LITIG. REP.: ERISA, v. 5, no. 11 (March 2007).

• Note, Avoiding the Appearance of Judicial Bias: Allowing a Federal Criminal Defendant to Appeal the Denial of a Recusal Motion After Entering an Unconditional Guilty Plea, 53 VAND. L. REV. 983 (2000).