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Nancy B. Pridgen

email: nbpridgen@hipeslaw.com
phone: 678.867.7006

  • B.A., Auburn University, summa cum laude, 1997 (First in Class)
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2000
  • Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review

Bar Admissions:

  • Georgia State Bar, 2000
  • Michigan State Bar, 2004 (currently inactive)

Court Admissions:

  • All Georgia Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia, Eastern District of Tennessee, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, Northern District of Illinois, and Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Eighth, Ninth & Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Pro Hac Vice admission to dozens of other federal courts nationwide

Association Memberships:

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Joint Committee on Employee Benefits
  • State Bar of Georgia, Employee Benefits Section (currently serving as a Section Officer)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association


Nancy Pridgen is Of Counsel with Hipes Law LLC. 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 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, one of the premier law firms in the country with ERISA litigation specialists, where she litigated numerous class actions and other complex litigation involving employee pension and welfare benefit claims. She has continued her focus on ERISA litigation since then. Nancy writes and speaks often on ERISA/employment litigation topics; her publications and speaking engagements are outlined below. Nancy is currently serving as an Officer in the Georgia State Bar Employee Benefits Section.

Nancy brings to clients a wealth of federal litigation experience. She has litigated a wide array of cases including complex commercial litigation, securities, insurance, tax, labor and employment, immigration, antitrust, constitutional and common-law torts and civil appeals. In addition to her active trial practice, Nancy has maintained her commitment to giving back to the community by, among other things, handling many low-cost or pro bono adoptions, both for private individuals and through Atlanta Legal Aidís Grandparent/ Relative Adoption Project.

Prior to moving back home to Georgia, Nancy served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit, Michigan, for the U.S. Attorneyís Office and an Assistant Attorney General for Michiganís Attorney Generalís 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 first in her class, summa cum laude, as the Presidentís 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 NAWLís Outstanding Woman Law Graduate for her class in addition to her Deanís List honors.

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

  • Benefit Claims Litigation: Assessing Recent Key Cases in ERISA Benefits Litigation, at ACIís 8th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, New York (Upcoming Oct. 27-28, 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 ACIís 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 ACIís 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 ACIís 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. Glennís ďStructural ConflictĒ 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, Atlanta Conference (June 2009).
  • Retiree Welfare Benefit Cuts: How to Avoid Potential Problems, at Boomers on the Brink, ERISA Litigation on the Rise, Charlotte Conference (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, Atlanta Conference (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, MEALEYíS 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).
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