Erica V. Mason
HNBA President-Elect in Washington, DC
For the 2016-2017 term, Erica V. Mason is the President-Elect for Hispanic National Bar Association.
Erica Mason is a Partner in the Atlanta, GA office of national Labor & Employment law firm Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP. In that role, she serves as regional and national defense counsel to large and medium-sized companies throughout the United States, primarily in the hospitality, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and education sectors. Ms. Mason defends clients from claims of alleged 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.
Erica was recognized on the "Best Lawyers in America" list in 2015 and 2016, the "Georgia Super Lawyer in Labor and Employment Defense" (awarded to less than 5% of attorneys in Georgia) in 2010 − 2014, and 2016; and by Georgia Trend Magazine in its “Georgia Legal Elite in Labor & Employment Law" and "40 Under 40: Georgia's Best & Brightest" lists in 2012. In addition to her service on the HNBA’s Board, Erica is a Board Member of OnBoard Now, dedicated to increasing the number of women on corporate boards in Georgia (2014-present); sits on the MCCA/ABA Bias Interrupters Working Group (2016-prsesent), whose goal is to develop best-practice metrics and bias interrupting programs and tools designed for law firms and in-house legal departments; and recently received a 3-year appointment by ABA President Linda Klein to serve on the ABA’s Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, Subcommittee on Federal Courts (2016-2019).
Erica holds degrees from Georgia State University (2000, B.B.A. Economics, Cum Laude) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (2004, J.D.). Prior to law school, Erica was the General Manager of a major recording label.