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Nancy Rafuse is the Managing Partner of the Atlanta Office of Sanford Heisler Sharp and the Firmwide Head of Litigation.

At Sanford Heisler Sharp, Nancy’s practice focuses on employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and executive and C-Suite representation.

Nancy’s representations have included:

  • Counsel to the class in a Title IX action against Louisiana State University seeking the implementation of women’s soccer and softball as Division I sports.
  • Lead trial counsel in a pregnancy discrimination and retaliation case representing a woman general manager against an Applebee’s franchisee.
  • Lead counsel in gender discrimination arbitration representing woman sales person against a national service company.
  • Lead trial counsel in a race discrimination case on behalf of two African-American salesmen against a luxury car dealership.
  • Negotiate employment contracts for C-Suite executives, and represent C-Suite executives when departing/changing jobs.

Nancy received her law degree from The University of Georgia School of Law and her BBA in Finance from The University of Georgia. While at UGA Law, Nancy was a member of the Editorial Board and Managing Board of the Law Review, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

During law school, Nancy completed a judicial internship for Hon. B. Avant Edenfield, Southern District of Georgia. After law school, she worked at Paul Hastings, where she became a partner and served as vice chair of the firm’s employment practice before serving as managing partner of Ashe Rafuse & Hill. Nancy then opened Polsinelli’s Atlanta office in 2014, managing it for three years. During her last two years at Polsinelli, Nancy served as the firm’s labor and employment department chair, representing clients in high profile class and collective actions. Most recently, Nancy served as an equity partner at Seyfarth Shaw in Atlanta, where her national labor and employment practice included Fortune 100 clients and large private employers. She advised and counseled on employment law matters, including internal investigations and C-suite employment issues.

Nancy is a Professor and Counselor in Residence at the University of Georgia School of Law, where she teaches employment discrimination and wage and hour litigation courses. When Nancy is not lawyering, she enjoys cycling, golf, cooking and gardening.


  • J.D., The University of Georgia School of Law, 1991
    • UGA Law Review (1989-1990 Editorial Board; 1990-1991 Managing Board)
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.B.A., The University of Georgia, 1988

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  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Superior Courts
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Nancy E. Rafuse

Atlanta Managing Partner