Atlanta
230 Peachtree Street, N.W.
Suite 2400
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-1557T: 404.230.6794

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Georgia (all state courts)
  • United States District Court, Northern Districts of Georgia and Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Practiced pro hac vice in federal district courts and/or defended EEOC investigations in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School

  • J.D., 2004

Georgia State University

  • B.B.A., cum laude, 2000

News

Erica V. Mason
Partner

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

-- Marianne Williamson

Erica Mason serves as regional and national employment counsel to large and medium-sized companies throughout the United States, primarily in the hospitality, retail and manufacturing sectors, as well as hospitals and physician's groups. Ms. Mason defends clients from claims of alleged racial, age, national origin, disability and religious discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation; testing and public accommodations; wage and hour disputes; and restrictive covenants disputes brought under state and federal law. She has extensive experience successfully defending enforcement actions brought by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging single-plaintiff or pattern-and-practice violations of federal anti-discrimination laws, as well as private Rule 23 class actions and Section 216(b) collective-actions brought under Title VII, ADEA, ADA, Equal Pay Act and the FLSA, and lawsuits brought against franchisors and professional employer organizations (PEOs) under a "joint employer" or "integrated enterprise" theory of liability.

In addition to assisting clients in litigation, Ms. Mason also advises employers on litigation avoidance techniques and compliance issues, including drafting and implementing employment policies, processes and training; advising on single-employee or large scale terminations, and implementing and assessing risk related to reductions-in-force; conducting internal investigations into alleged unethical or unlawful conduct; comprehensive employment practices audits; and drafting employment contracts, confidentiality and restrictive covenant agreements. Ms. Mason also trains clients on EEO, diversity and inclusion, implicit bias, respectful workplace norms, leadership skills training and a number of other employment-related issues.

Publications/Presentations

  • "Moving Diversity Forward: A Collaborative Effort," Panel presentation for the National Association of Women Lawyers Conference, July 20, 2017.

Awards & Recognition

  • Named, Best Lawyers in America® (2016-2018)
  • Recipient, Georgia Super Lawyers "Rising Star in Labor and Employment Defense" (awarded to less than 5% of attorneys in Georgia), (2010 - 2017)
  • Recipient, Women In Law Award (2017)
  • Recipient, Hispanic National Bar Association "Top Lawyers Under 40 Award" (2016)
  • Recipient, Barry W. Ford Diversity Award (2014)
  • Listed, "Georgia Legal Elite in Labor & Employment Law," Georgia Trend magazine (2012)
  • Included on "40 Under 40: Georgia's Best & Brightest" list − Awarded to 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40 who have made a mark in business, government, politics, nonprofits, the arts, finance and the military, Georgia Trend magazine (2012)
  • Recipient, Phenomenal Women's Health, Inc.'s 2012 Community Service Award
  • Featured in Fulton County Daily Report's "New Partners Edition" (2012)

Professional Activities/Associations

  • President-Elect, Hispanic National Bar Association (2016-2017); Latina Commission Co-Chair (2014-2016); National Finance Director (2013 − 2014); representative to inaugural Collaborative Leadership Bar Academy (2013)
  • Appointed by MCCA to serve on the MCCA/ABA Bias Interrupters Working Group (2016-2017), comprised of influential law firm and in-house lawyers with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and women’s advancement, and whose goal is to develop best-practice metrics and bias interrupting programs and tools designed for law firms and in-house legal departments
  • Appointed ABA President-Elect Linda Klein to serve on the ABA’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, Subcommittee on Federal Courts, which acts as a clearinghouse for all ABA activities related to the preservation and improvement of the American judicial and jury systems, the preservation of fair and impartial courts and judicial independence, and methods of judicial selection and retention (2016-2019)
  • Member, American (ABA Advisory Panel, ABA Law Practice Management Section, ABA Women's Rainmakers and Labor and Employment Law Section member); State Bar of Georgia and Atlanta Bar Associations (Labor & Employment Law Section member)
  • Member, Women's Food Service Forum Publications & Speaking Engagements

Civic/Charitable Activities/Associations

  • Chair, Grow Kids, Inc. Board of Directors (2011 – present)
  • Volunteer, Phenomenal Women's Health (2011 – present)
  • Volunteer, Covenant House (2010 – 2012)

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

  • When she is not working, Erica spends time with family, mentors several high school and law school students, and volunteers with a number of non-profit organizations aimed at bettering the lives of women and children in Georgia.
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