David is a member of Butler Snow’s Labor and Employment Group and Intellectual Property Group.  He focuses on business litigation, employment litigation, non-compete and trade secret matters, appellate issues, and intellectual property litigation.

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Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1997
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Eastern, Middle, Western
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit
    • 8th Circuit
    • Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Labor & Employment; Litigation - ERISA
  • Spearheaded addition of Rule 72 to the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Labor and Employment, 2010-2015
  • Chair, Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition, 2004
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Star of the Year Award, 2007
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Service Award, 2007
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Star of the Quarter Award, 2006-2007
  • Co-Editor, American Bar Association Business Torts Journal

Education & Honors

  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1997
    • Associate Managing Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., 1993
  • Clerkship,
    ​Justice Frank Drowota, Tennessee Supreme Court, 1998-1999
  • Clerkship,
    ​Judges W. Frank Crawford and Holly Kirby
    , Tennessee Court of Appeals, 1997-1998


  • Presenter, "Whistleblowing in Tennessee: Update on Retaliatory Discharge and the TPPA," Webinar, Sept. 2016.
  • Presenter, “Attorneys’ 2016 Employment Law Update: Latest from the Tennessee Legislature and Courts.” Webinar, May 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Can Economic Pressure Alone Give Rise to a Tortious Interference Claim?" American Bar Association, Section on Litigation, Business Torts & Unfair Competition Newsletter, August 20, 2015.
  • Author, “Ethical Challenges Lurk in Multi-Plaintiff Cases,” American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, Vol. 23, Num. 4, Summer 2015.
  • Co-Presenter, "Overcome Compliance and Employee Leave Challenges," 2015 FMLA Masters Class, Nashville, TN, May 12, 2015.
  • Author, "Major changes in store for Tennessee wrongful discharge law,Workplace, Vol. 2014, No. 11, September 2014.
  • Author, "How To Avoid the Tide of Lawsuits Brought By Foreign Nationals," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 7 No. 1, 3-11 (March 2014).
  • Co-Presenter, "Updates in Retaliatory Discharge," Tennessee Bar Association CLE, May 2014.
  • Tennessee Chapter Editor, "Covenants Not to Compete: A State-by-State Survey," (9th ed. 2013). 
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