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Friday, February 17, 2012


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Atlanta Trial Lawyer Nominated for Eleventh Circuit


By Staff and Wire Services Report


ATLANTA—President Barack Obama has tapped an Atlanta-based lawyer to serve on a federal appeals court.

The White House announced yesterday that the president has nominated Jill A. Pryor to serve on the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Pryor is a partner at the Atlanta law firm of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP, where she specializes in complex business litigation.

A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Pryor graduated from the College of William & Mary and then got a law degree from Yale Law School, where she served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal.

After law school, she clerked for Eleventh Circuit Judge J.L. Edmondson.

She joined Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore as an associate in 1989, and became a partner at the firm..

According to a statement from Bondurant, Mixon,  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 in which more than $400 million in damages were originally sought.

Pryor 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 a member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and is a past President for the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.

The statement noted that Pryor is a frequent seminar speaker and has written on business litigation issues such as trial techniques, RICO, trade secrets, and appellate practice.Representative Work

She also represented Texas auto dealer 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, according to the statement.


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