Patrick C. DiCarlo

Patrick C. DiCarlo is Counsel at Alston & Bird's Atlanta office. He has more than 18 years of experience litigating employee benefit disputes, and counseling plan sponsors and fiduciaries on regulatory compliance issues and litigation avoidance. Mr. DiCarlo has counseled and represented some of America's largest employers in disputes stemming from service provider fees, investments in employer securities, the prudence of particular investments, executive compensation disputes, disclosure issues and challenges to benefit claim review procedures and decisions. Recently, his practice has focused on counseling clients regarding the new fee disclosure regulations (including drafting participant disclosures and investment policy statements), designing benefit claim procedures and litigating benefit disputes of all types. He also advises plan fiduciaries and service providers on the structuring of financial products and related fiduciary and prohibited transaction concerns. Mr. DiCarlo is currently recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in the ERISA Litigation category. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the Reporting and Disclosure subcommittee of the ABA’s Employee Benefits Committee.


  • University of Georgia (J.D., 1994)
  • University of Georgia (A.B., 1991)

Publications & Press

Patrick DiCarlo, counsel in the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, spoke with PLANSPONSOR on the growing number of claims for pension benefits that were paid or rolled over decades ago by former employees who either don’t recall receiving or rolling over benefits or who are questioning the amount of benefits they received.
The Georgia Bar Journal recently published an extensive piece on the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic, a program supported by Alston & Bird and staffed in part with firm attorneys.
Pat DiCarlo, member of the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s Pension & Benefits Daily in an article titled “DOL Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Guide 401(k) Fee Disclosures.”
Pat DiCarlo Honored for Georgia Justice Project Efforts
On Thursday, October 4, the St. Thomas More Society members honored Alston & Bird attorney Pat DiCarlo and his uncle, Lane Dennard, at the annual Red Mass Luncheon and Awards Ceremony held following mass.