Mary Leigh Pirtle


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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:

  • Employment Law – Drafting employment agreements and restrictive covenants, advising clients on discipline, discharge of employees and employee relations, and drafting policies and employee handbooks.
  • Labor & Employment Litigation – Representing employers in complaints related to non-compete/non-solicitation agreements, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance, reductions in force, wrongful discharge, discrimination and civil rights, and wage and hour compliance.

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