Larry A. Pankey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Pankey & Horlock, LLC
 | 1441 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30338
Phone: 770-670-6250
Fax: 770-670-6249
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Larry A. Pankey is one of the founding partners of Pankey & Horlock, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he handles cases of civil rights litigation, employment discrimination, business litigation and personal injury. With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Pankey has appeared before federal and state courts.

Mr. Pankey received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and then earned his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. In 1992, he was admitted to practice law before Georgia state courts, and he is also licensed to appear before courts in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. During Mr. Pankey's career, he has obtained multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million. He represented SouthStar Funding against First Superior Mortgage Corp in a case concerning mortgage fraud. In another case against SouthStar Funding's former closing attorney alleging legal malpractice, violations of the federal RICO Act and fraud, he secured a verdict in excess of $1 million. Mr. Pankey has also represented clients in numerous employment discrimination and civil rights cases, including the wrongful termination of an HIV-positive individual against Home Depot and a race discrimination case on behalf of a contingent of African-American plaintiffs against a prominent automotive dealer.

Due to Mr. Pankey's impressive case record, he has attained membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and he was also inducted into The National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 Trial Lawyers. As a former adjunct professor of law at John Marshall Law School, he taught classes in civil procedure, employment discrimination, ethics, jurisprudence and constitutional law. He has also appeared as a speaker at multiple events, including the Real Property Law Institute's annual convention and the 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law seminar.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 10%General Litigation
  • 10%Civil Rights
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Litigation, Discrimination


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2020 - 2021

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About Larry Pankey

Admitted: 1992, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


  • Participated as a Mentor to a young attorney to help in her career as a Labor and Employment lawyer., Mentor, Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of Georgia, 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Georgia, American Association for Justice, 2009 to Present
  • Since 1998, Larry Pankey Qualifed for the Million Dollar Advocates Forum by reaching a Settlelement or Verdict in Excess of One Million Dollars on Behalf an Individual Client., Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Georgia Bar, 1992
  • District of Columbia, 1995
  • DeKalb County Bar Association, Secretary
  • Massachusetts, 1994

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Dunwoody High School Lacrosse Board (President & Vice President), 2016
  • Legal Advisor, FOSER (Friends of Little League Southeastern Region)
  • DeKalb County Volunteer Lawyers
  • All Saints Catholic Church, (Basketball Coach)
  • Dunwoody High School Gridiron Club (President), 2016
  • Mentor, State Bar of Georgia and NELA Labor and Employment Mentorship Program, 2016
  • Dunwoody HS Wrestling Club, President, 2017
  • Murphey Candler Little League, (Baseball Coach)
  • Vanderlyn Elementary, (Chess Coach)
  • 10,000 Lawyers for Justice (Atlanta Bar Assoc.), 1993
  • Atlanta Youth Lacrosse ( Coach)
  • Atlanta Colt Football Youth Association, (Football Coach, Inter League Director and Atlanta Colts D1 Director)
  • Dunwoody Baptist Church, (T-Ball, Soccer and Basketball Coach)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, Real Property Law Institute's Annual Convention and Presented on How to Litigate a Mortgage Fraud Case Through Trial., Speaker & Presenter, Mortgage Fraud & Related Litigation Issues: To Catch a Lawyer, 29th Annual Real Property Law Institute, 2007
  • John Marshall Law School in Atlanta as an Adjunct Professor teaching courses in Employment Discrimination, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Ethics, Jurisprudence and others., Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School
  • Speaker, 7th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia on Legal Ethics and Employment Law, 2010
  • Speaker & Presenter, Mortgage Fraud & Related Litigation Issues: To Catch a Lawyer, 29th Annual Real Property Law Institute, 2007
  • Panelist, The Seminar Group, 2010


  • Represented a large group of African American Plaintiffs against Willett Automotive Group and Dwaine Willett for race discrimination.
  • Represented HIV-positive, former employee against Home Depot under the ADA over his termination. Sanger v. Home Depot, N.D. GA (1:03-cv-2608-WSD).
  • Represented estate of deceased agaisnt DeKalb County, GA for wrongful death and 4th amendment excessive use of force. Randolph, et al., v. County of DeKalb, et al., N.D. of Ga. (1:94-CV-03272-CAM).
  • Represented Muslim employee against employer for failure to allow religious headscarf at work. Yamini v. Compass Market Research, N.D. of Ga. (1:96-CV-02948-CC). 
  • Successfully defended Bosnia House against breach of contract claims in excess of $1,650,000. Claims dismissed on summary judgment. Bajrovic v. Bosnia House, et al., W.D of KY. (3:04-CV-00453).
  •  Represented pregnant, employee against former employer for pregnancy discrimination. Successfully defended client against summary judgment after discovery, depositions and summary judgment. The Court held that, despite Plaintiff's failure to present a non-pregnant comparator to her alleged insuboordination, she successfully presented a "convincing mosaic" of circumstantial evidence of preganancy discrimination. Nowalk v. The Roof Depot, Inc., N.D. of Ga. (1:13-CV-01458-AT-ECS) (Doc. 59)., 2015
  • Represented Carol Faubert, a former Vice President of Human Resources, against the Atlanta Falcons and Arthur Blank for sex discrimination and retaliation.
  • Represented Southstar Funding against its former closing attorney, Victoria Sprouse for legal malpractice, fraud and Federal RICO violations surrounding a mortgage fraud scheme in Charlotte, NC. Jury returned verdict for $150,000 in actual damages and $1,000,000 in punitive damages along with costs and attorneys fees. Southstar Funding, LLC v. Sprouse, W.D. of NC (3:05-CV-253-W).
  • Represented inmate against Prison Health Services and Gwinnett County, Georgia for denial of medical care and 8th amendment cruel and unusual punishment. Ingerson v. Prison Health Services, et al., N.D. of Ga. (1:93-cv-02890-RCF).
  • Represented shooting victim against off duty Atlanta police officer for negligence and Section 1983 4th amendment violations. Crawford, et al., v. Atlanta, Georgia et al., 1:96-CV-01850-CAM).
  • Represented epileptic employee agsinst former employer for disability discrimination. Reardon v. California Pizza Kitchen, N.D. of Ga. (1:99-CV-02120-JTC).
  • In a 2015 FLSA trial, Mr. Pankey represented Maria Porter against Sterling Online Processing Services for unpaid overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. After 2.5 years of litigation, two Rule 11 letters, and motions to dismiss and summary judgment from the Defendant, Plaintiff prevailed on her unpaid overtime claim in the amount of $651.56, with an equal amount for liquidated damages, and Defendant appealed to the 11th Circuit. After trial, Plaintiff filed her attorney's fees petition in the amount of $74,785.10. Porter v. Sterling Online, N.D. of Ga. (1:11-cv-3536-SCJ)., 2015
  • Represented a nation-wide group of business managers in a collective action against Comp USA for misclassifying their exempt status and recovering unpaid overtime. Taylor, et al., v. CompUSA, Inc., N.D. of Ga. (1:04-CV-00718-WBH); Rucker et al. v. CompUSA, Inc., N.D. of Ga. (1:05-CV-00144-ODE).
  • Represented estate of deceased in wrongful death action and Section 1983 claims against Baldwin County, Georgia for police officer's driving at high rate of speed, no emergency situation, no lights which resulted in collision. Parham v. Baldwin County, GA, M.D. of GA (1:00-cv-03090-HTW).
  • Represented estate of deceased against USA for wrongful death claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Sims, et al., v. USA, et al., N.D. of Ga. (1:96-cv-00808-RCF).
  • Represented Type II Diabetes correctional officer against his employer for their failure to promote and written policy disallowing promotion of diabetic employees. Mitchell v. City of Atlanta, (1:99-CV-01859-JTC).
  • Represented Southstar Funding against First Superior Mortgage Corp and Lionel Rhodes for breach of contract, and fraud surrounding a mortgage fraud scheme in Raleigh, NC. Jury returned verdict for $237,245.80 in actual damages and $1,500,000 in punitive damages along with costs and attorneys fees. Southstar Funding, LLC v. Rhodes, et al, E.D. of NC (5:04-CV-858-BR).

Educational Background:

  • University of Georgia, B.A. in History (Greek and Medieval Philosophy), 1989
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Office Location for Larry A. Pankey

1441 Dunwoody Village Parkway
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30338

Phone: 770-670-6250

Fax: 770-670-6249

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Last Updated: 12/28/2020

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