Lawyers

Jill A. Pryor, Partner

Jill Pryor is known for trying large, complex business cases to juries. Her wins include a plaintiffs’ jury verdict totaling nearly $300 million and a defendants’ jury verdict in a case seeking almost $400 million in damages.

Jill represents her clients in high stakes trial and appellate business litigation in the areas of business torts, contracts, corporate governance and shareholder disputes, class actions, trade secrets, intellectual property (including patent infringement), fraud, and the Georgia and federal Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations acts (RICO).)

As a respected leader of the Georgia legal community, Jill currently serves on the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors and on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Legal Services Program. She is a former Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar, served for many years as a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and is a past President of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL).

Jill is a frequent seminar speaker and has addressed business litigation topics such as trial techniques, litigation cost saving strategies for in-house lawyers, use of technology in litigation, appellate practice, RICO, and trade secrets.

Representative Work

Represented David McDavid in obtaining a $281 million jury verdict against Turner Broadcasting System for breaching an agreement to sell McDavid the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers professional sports teams and the operating rights to Philips Arena. The jury verdict is the largest compensatory damage award in Georgia history.

As lead counsel in a jury trial in which the plaintiffs sought more than $120 million in compensatory damages, trebled, obtained a complete defense verdict for her clients, a former CFO and Sr. V.P. of a nursing home conglomerate, who were accused of accounting fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and violation of Georgia RICO.

As lead counsel for a company with approximately $1 billion in revenues, defeated certification of a class of approximately 1,000,000 consumers.

As new counsel on appeal, obtained reversals of multi-million default judgments for corporate clients in two unrelated cases.

Conducted an internal investigation involving the CEO of a high profile non-profit corporation.

Won an appeal establishing Georgia law on waiver of work product and whether a corporation can maintain an unjust enrichment counterclaim against a shareholder who obtained his shares in a merger where the acquired company allegedly defrauded the acquiring corporation.

In arguments in both the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Georgia, defeated on appeal a RICO claim against Georgia title pawn brokers.

Represented parties in fraud, RICO, breach of fiduciary duty and other professional malpractice cases that have resulted in confidential settlements for her clients.

Represented TASER International, Inc. and 40 of its largest shareholders in a lawsuit alleging that eight Wall Street firms, including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, engaged in naked short selling and illegal conversion and flex option trades that artificially depressed TASER’s stock price. The case was resolved through a confidential settlement.

Professional Activities

Atlanta Bar Association (Chair: Judicial Selection and Tenure Committee; Member: Litigation, Intellectual Property, Women in the Profession Sections)

State Bar of Georgia (Board of Governors; Vice Chair, Access to Justice Committee; Member, Business Courts Committee; Past Chair: Appellate Practice Section, Member: General Practice and Trial and Business Law Sections)

American Bar Association (Member: Council of Appellate Lawyers, Antitrust, Business Torts, Litigation and Law Practice Management Sections)

Board of Directors, Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc.

Member, Lawyers Advisory Committee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1996-2009)

Member, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (President: 2000-2001)

Member, National Association of Women Lawyers

Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia

Member, Leadership Atlanta Class of 2007

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Advisory Panel, Attorney at Law Magazine

Honors and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America

Leader in the Field of General Commercial Litigation, Chambers USA

Georgia’s Legal Elite, Business Litigation, Georgia Trend Magazine

Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers, Atlanta Magazine

Top 50 Female Georgia Super Lawyers, Atlanta Magazine

Georgia Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Plaintiff 2012 - 2014

Atlanta Bar Association’s Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award

Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Kathleen Kessler Award for service, mentoring and professionalism

Top Georgia Verdicts of 2010 – #2 (over $20 million)

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Atlanta
1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 3900
Atlanta, GA 30309

Education

Yale Law School, J.D., 1988

College of William and Mary, B.A., 1985

Previous Experience

Law Clerk, Judge J. L. Edmondson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1988-1989 

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