Emily Hootkins is a senior associate in the Atlanta office, where she focuses her practice on the defense of employee benefits disputes and counseling plan sponsors and fiduciaries on regulatory compliance issues and litigation avoidance strategies.
Emily has extensive experience defending ERISA lawsuits, including class actions involving employer stock, service provider fees, plan investments, benefit terminations, retiree health and welfare benefits, private ESOP transactions, and severance matters.
Emily also regularly advises clients on individual benefit claims, both during the administrative review process and litigation. She also frequently represents clients in government investigations for civil and criminal violations of ERISA.
In addition to her ERISA practice, Emily is committed to providing pro bono legal services. She is a VA accredited attorney and regularly performs pro bono work through referrals from Alston & Bird’s Wills Program and the Georgia Innocence Project.
Emily is the vice chair of publications for the TIPS Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association. She is also on the board for National Women in Pensions Inc. Emily was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star for Employee Benefits in Georgia in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
She graduated in 2011, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded Dean’s Scholar Prizes in bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, evidence, and trusts and estates. She received her B.A. from Emory University in 2008.