Mary Leigh Pirtle helps employers navigate complicated and evolving employment law issues. She counsels clients on a wide range of day-to-day employment matters, and regularly conducts onsite internal investigations into allegations of employee misconduct. With experience in both traditional labor and employment litigation, Mary Leigh has represented employers against claims ranging from wage and hour violations to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) violations.
Working with human resources professionals and in-house counsel at companies of all sizes, Mary Leigh’s practice involves:
Mary Leigh is also a former assistant attorney general for the state of Tennessee, where she represented Tennessee consumers against violations of Tennessee’s Consumer Protection Statute and represented the interests of Tennessee consumers of investor-owned utility companies. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Mary Leigh practiced at the Nashville law office of King & Ballow.
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
STARS Nashville — Board Member
Representation of a leading post-acute care provider in a hybrid wage and hour class and collective action under FRCP 23 and the FLSA brought by a group of former employees alleging that they were misclassified as exempt and entitled to overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of 40 hours each week.
Representation of nationwide hospital system in an on-site investigation relating to a series of anonymous complaints that a contracted physician had engaged in the routine sexual harassment of hospital staff and that he was practicing outside the scope of his credentials.
We represented HealthStream (Nasdaq: HSTM), a leading provider of workforce and provider solutions for the healthcare industry, in its $67.5 million cash acquisition of Change Healthcare’s staff scheduling business, which includes ANSOS™ Staff Scheduling application and related products. Together, ANSOS with recent acquisitions, ShiftWizard and NurseGrid, will represent HealthStream’s portfolio of nurse and staff scheduling solutions and helps establish them as the market leader in healthcare workforce scheduling business.
Representation of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRWH) in its definitive agreement to acquire Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, from Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Inc., for $120 million in cash
Representation of medical treatment center in a two-month investigation into multiple complaints of a hostile work environment resulting from the conduct of a member of the company’s executive leadership
Representation of Forcura, LLC, a healthcare technology that facilitates continuity of care, in its sale to Accel-KKR, a Silicon Valley-based technology-focused private equity firm
Representation of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRWH) in its acquisition of the operations and real estate of Isle of Capri Casino and Lady Luck Casino from Eldorado Resorts, Inc. (Nasdaq: ERI), in a cash transaction for $230 million
We represented Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) in its investment in Denver-based Punch Bowl Social, an award-wining experiential food and beverage concept.
Represented a home improvement retailer in connection to a charge of discrimination and lawsuit filed by a former employee
HR Professionals — Rising Star (2018-2019)
Stetson University — Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy