Griffin Appointed to Co-Chair Subcommittee on Complex Torts for ABA

November 26, 2012

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC (Butler Snow) Attorney Charles E. Griffin  has been appointed to the leadership of the American Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Committee for the 2012-13 bar year as co-chair of the Complex Torts Subcommittee. 

“This is a great honor for Charles and Butler Snow,” said Butler Snow Chairman Don Clark. “To be recognized by your peers as a leader in your field is the utmost sign of respect for the work that he has done.”

Griffin is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group.  He focuses his practice on commercial litigation, consumer finance and insurance bad faith and fraud litigation. Griffin is an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized for his work by The Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers and is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute.  Griffin is a member of the American Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, National Bar Association, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. Griffin is also Chairman of Butler Snow’s Diversity Committee. He received a degree in philosophy and his law degree from the University of Mississippi.

The Complex Torts Subcommittee is one of 16 subcommittees that fall under the  Corporate Counsel Committee of the ABA. The committee focuses on solutions to corporate law and practice issues through dialogue between inside and outside counsel representing corporations. Its membership is balanced between inside and outside counsel.  It has led the profession in focusing on methods of controlling the cost of corporate litigation through the study of innovative billing and budgeting techniques, imaginative litigation management methods and alternatives to litigation. 

The committee is also focusing on corporate compliance and preventative law and a variety of substantive topics of interest to its members. The committee sponsors an annual three-day mid-year meeting on President’s Day weekend, a series of regional workshops, and presents other CLE programs.

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Employment Law Conference for Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management
Employment Law Conference for Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management Music City Center, Nashville, TN 10/17/2014 7:00:00 AM Butler Snow's Kara Shea is on of the presenters at the upcoming Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management's 2014 Mid-South Employment law Conference.  With the goal of educating and informing members of SHRM about newly enacted and potential legislation, the conference will be held at the Music City Center at 201 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203.  For more information or to register for the conference, visit MTSHRM's website.

Retaliatory Discharge in Tennessee: 2014 Law and Other New Developments
Retaliatory Discharge in Tennessee: 2014 Law and Other New Developments Webinar 9/16/2014 2:00:00 PM

Butler Snow attorneys David L. Johnson and Valeria Gomez will present Retaliatory Discharge in Tennessee: 2014 Law and Other New Developments in an upcoming webinar.  Details are below:


On July 1, a new law took effect that impacts retaliatory discharge in Tennessee. Retaliatory discharge occurs when an employee is fired or punished for engaging in activities that are protected by law.

The new law imposes a cap on compensatory damages aggrieved employees can recover under all three statutes
-- the Tennessee Human Rights Act, the Tennessee Public Protection Act, and the Tennessee Disability Act -- for future monetary losses, emotional pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and other nonmonetary losses. The new law also affects whistleblower lawsuits by eliminating the separate common law claim for retaliatory discharge.

At this interactive webinar, your presenters will explain the legislature’s most recent changes as well as other new developments that impact retaliatory discharge in Tennessee. Don't miss out on this must-attend event for both Tennessee attorneys and employers. 


Webinar Agenda: 

  • Recent Tennessee legislation impacting the common law retaliatory discharge cause of action and claims under the Tennessee Public Protection Act 
  • Required elements to establish a retaliatory discharge cause of action 
  • Recent Tennessee case law developments, including what courts recognize to implicate an important public policy interest so as to be actionable 
  • The current status of summary judgment practice applicable to retaliatory discharge claims 
  • Tips for companies to minimize the risk of defending a retaliatory discharge claim 

Contact David, Valeria or Labor and Employment Practice Group Leader Kara Shea for additional details.