Mary Leigh Pirtle helps employers navigate complicated and evolving employment law issues. 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 Lawyers Association (AHLA)
STARS Nashville – Board Member
Represented Wright Medical Group in its Acquisition of Cartiva, Inc.
Settled a hybrid class action case for a private hospital operator for alleged failure to pay nurses for time worked due to a time keeping system that would automatically deduct time for lunches each day
Represented NN, Inc. (Nasdaq: NNBR) in its acquisition of Paragon Medical
Successfully defended a national restaurant chain against sexual harassment and retaliatory discharge allegations stemming from an investigation which resulted in the Plaintiff’s termination
Successfully defended a national restaurant chain in a case alleging wage and hour violations
Represented Vivere Health in its sale to Prelude Fertility
Recently won dismissal of a lawsuit filed against a Middle Tennessee strip mall property owner for Title III Americans with Disabilities Act violations
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a home improvement retailer in a sexual harassment case involving a current employee of the retailer
Obtained summary judgment for a national life insurance provider in a case involving intertwined allegations of FMLA and ADA discrimination, retaliation, and failure to accommodate
Obtained summary judgment for a leading provider of retirement products on a claim by a former employee that he had been terminated in violation of the ADA, FMLA, and THRA
HR Professionals — Rising Star (2018)
Stetson University — Victor O. Wehle Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy