Mary M. Brockington

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Mary M. “Peggy” Brockington

Peggy's practice focuses on education law, employment law and litigation. In her education practice, Peggy represents colleges and universities in matters involving employment law, disability law, faculty misconduct, FERPA, Clery Act, student discipline, teacher discipline, tenure, regulatory compliance, accreditation, federal funding, governance and risk management. She represents boards of charter schools during the application process and advises them regarding governance and operational issues. She serves as a hearing officer for large public school systems in disciplinary and ethics cases. She serves on the Program Committee of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and is Chair of the School and College Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Peggy, a former special education teacher, regularly speaks on education-related topics and has taught Education Law at the Georgia State University College of Law.

In her employment practice, Peggy defends employers before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts through all stages of litigation, including trial, appeal, mediation and arbitration. She has successfully defended numerous discrimination cases arising under Title VII, Section 1981, the ADA, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the ADEA, the FMLA and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as a variety of employment-related tort cases. She also conducts workplace and other internal investigations and provides advice, counseling and training to employers designed to minimize their exposure to claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract and torts. Peggy frequently speaks on employment law and has taught Employment Discrimination Law at John Marshall Law School. She is Immediate Past Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.

Peggy's litigation practice includes jury trials, bench trials, motions practice, appeals, mediation and arbitration. She has experience in a wide variety of cases involving business torts, personal injury claims and complex business and commercial disputes, including antitrust, tortious interference, slander and libel, civil rights, constitutional law, professional negligence, educational malpractice, breach of contract, negligent hiring and retention, restrictive covenants, fraud and misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence. She taught litigation as an adjunct professor at the Georgia State University College of Law for a number of years and frequently serves as a faculty member at Emory University's Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques and the Georgia Trial Skills Clinic at the University of Georgia.

Peggy has been selected for inclusion in the Georgia Super Lawyers list for the years 2005 through 2015, and as one of the 50 top women lawyers in Georgia (2011-2016). Georgia Trend Magazine named her one of the state's "2008 Legal Elite: Georgia's Most Effective Lawyers." She is a Master in both the Bleckley Inn of Court and the Lamar Inn of Court, and served on the Graduate Leadership Council of the Georgia State University College of Law for twenty years.

Peggy is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (School and College Law Section (currently Chair), Labor and Employment Section, and Litigation Section), American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section, Litigation Section, Education Law Section), Atlanta Bar Association (Immediate Past Chair of Labor and Employment Section, Litigation Section), National Association of College and University Attorneys (member of Program Committee), Advisory Board of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. She serves as chair of the Judicial Selection and Tenure Committee of the Atlanta Bar Association, and is a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America. She is also a member of Midtown Alliance and a graduate of the Midtown Leadership Program. Peggy coached a high school mock trial team for more than a dozen years, and has served as president of the Northridge Forest Neighborhood Association. Peggy received her B.S., with distinction, from the University of Kansas in 1973, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgia State University in 1986.

She is admitted to practice in the State and Superior Courts of the State of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court.

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