Jill Pryor

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Jill Pryor
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Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   97-0
Active:   9/8/2014-Present
Preceded by:   Stanley Birch, Jr.
Past post:   Partner, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore
Past term:   1989-2014
Personal History
Born:   1963
Undergraduate:   College of William & Mary, 1985
Law School:   Yale Law, 1988
Candidate for:  United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Jill Pryor is federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to joining the court, she was a partner at the law firm of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. She was nominated on February 16, 2012, by Barack Obama to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.[1] Pryor received confirmation from the Senate on September 8, 2014, on a vote of 97-0.[2]


Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Pryor attended the College of William & Mary, earning her B.A. in 1985. She went on to earn her J.D. from Yale Law three years later.[1]

Professional career

  • 1989-2014: Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore
  • 1997-2014 Partner
  • 1989-1997: Associate

Judicial career

Eleventh Circuit

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Jill Pryor
 Court:Eleventh Circuit
 Progress:Confirmed 935 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:February 16, 2012
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:May 13, 2014
ApprovedAReported:June 19, 2014 
ApprovedAConfirmed:September 8, 2014
 Vote: 97-0

Barack Obama nominated Jill Pryor to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to fill the vacancy left by Stanley Birch, Jr.[3] Obama commented on the nomination:

Jill A. Pryor has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through her work and I am honored to nominate her to serve the American people as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals. She will be a diligent, judicious and esteemed addition to the Eleventh Circuit bench.[1][4]

Pryor was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. You can find her Committee Questionnaire available here.

Pryor's nomination was returned to the president on January 3, 2013. The nomination was resubmitted on January 4, 2013.[5]

Pryor's nomination was returned a second time by the Senate on January 3, 2014, and she was renominated on January 6th by President Obama.[6] She had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2014.[7]

The Senate Judiciary Committee reported Pryor to the full Senate on June 19, 2014, on a voice vote.[8]

The United States Senate confirmed Pryor on September 8, 2014, on a vote of 97-0.[2] Senator Johnny Isakson spoke on the floor before her confirmation.

Awards and associations


  • 2009-2013: The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008-2012: Recognition, Chambers USA
  • 2012: Recognition "Litigation Star" in Georgia in Benchmark Plaintiff
  • 2010-2012: "Top 100 Super Lawyers," Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2004-2012: "Top 50 Female Super Lawyers," Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2006: Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award, Atlanta Bar Association, Women in the Profession Committee
  • 2005: Kathleen Kessler Award, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers


  • 2011-Present: Board of Directors, Georgia Legal Services Program, Inc.
  • 2007-2011: Board of Directors, Chastain Horse Park Non-profit Therapeutic Riding Program
  • 2002-2003: Everybody Wins! Children's Literacy and Mentoring Program Volunteer
  • 2000-2003: Founding Board Member, Atlanta Women's Alliance
  • 1996, 1997: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Team Captain, Legal Division, "Great Strides Walk for the Cure"
  • 1995-2001: Federal Employees Credit Union
  • 1998, 2001: Asset Liability Management Committee
  • 2000: Supervisory Committee
  • 1997-1999: Credit Committee
  • 1995-1997: Personnel Committee
  • 1995: Nominating Committee
  • 1995-2000: American Heart Association Legal Campaign Firm Chair
  • 1995-1998: Atlanta Women in Business
  • 1994-1995: Mentor, Law Association for Women Student, Emory Law School[9]

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Stanley Birch, Jr.
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by: