Todd is a seasoned labor and employment attorney with significant trial, arbitration, and consulting experience. He regularly represents U.S. and international employers in business immigration matters, including Specialty Occupations (H-1B), Intra-Company Transfers (L-1), NAFTA Occupations (TN), Extraordinary Ability (O), Investor Visas (E-2), and physician J-1 Waiver and National Interest Waiver visa cases, as well as permanent residency, compliance training and audits.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1997
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Eastern, Middle, Western
    • Arkansas: Eastern, Western
    • Michigan: Western
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit
    • 8th Circuit
    • 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Distinctions

  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Immigration Law, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Employment and Labor
  • Board Chairman, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40, Memphis Business Journal

Education & Honors

  • University of Tennessee, J.D., with honors, 1997
    • Editor, Tennessee Law Review
    • Moot Court Board
  • University of Iowa, B.S., 1994
  • Clerkship,
    Judge Houston Goddard, Senior Judge, ​Tennessee Court of Appeals, Eastern Section

Experience

  • Over 100 federal and state court cases, contested agency hearings, and arbitrations. 
  • Appellate experience in four United States Courts of Appeals, as well as several state courts of appeals. 
  • Representation of employers across the United States in union organizing campaigns, including multi-facility organizing and corporate campaigns. 
  • Representation of employers across the country in business immigration matters, including H1b, L-1, TN, O, E-2, J-1, and J-1 waiver temporary visa cases, as well as permanent residency, compliance training and audits. 
  • Campanini v. Studsvik, Inc., U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. TN (2012) (Successfully defended client in trial over $1M breach of employment contract claim). 
  • Weyerhaeuser Company, NLRB Case No. 06-RC-079980 (2012) (successfully defended employer in union organizing (RC) matter; petitioned-for unit found not appropriate; union election petition dismissed). 
  • Vraney v. Medical Specialty Clinic, Chancery Court of TN, No. 65204 (2012) (Successful representation of employer at trial in breach of duty of loyalty case) 
  • Kyle v. Circus Circus Mississippi, Inc. d/b/a Gold Strike Casino, 5th Cir. No. 10-60571 (2011) (successful representation of employer casino in whistleblower lawsuit). 
  • MMC Materials, Inc., 2006 WL 2706008 (N.L.R.B. Div. of Judges 2005). 
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Publications

  • Presenter, “The Pitfalls of Immigration Compliance”, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, November 8, 2014.
  • Presenter, "Demystifying Business Immigration Law and Compliance for U.S. Employers," Employment Law Alliance Webinar, May 19, 2014.
  • Presenter, "Immigrant Workers and National Origin Discrimination," National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, American Bar Association, Palm Springs, CA, March 27, 2014.
  • Author, "Sixth Circuit Stands By School System’s Promotion Decisions," Workplace, Vol. 2013 No. 3, April 2013.
  • Presenter, "Ten Things Every Employment Attorney Should Know About Immigration," ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, Miami Beach, FL, March 21, 2013.
  • Presenter, "Alternative Fee Arrangements," Employment Law Alliance, Vancouver, Canada, September 29, 2012. 
  • Presenter, "Business Writing to the Jury," 2012 Tennessee SHRM Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, September 13, 2012. 
  • Presenter, "Beyond I-9:  What You Need to Know about Immigration Law and Why," ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 5th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Seattle, Washington, November 5, 2011.
  • Presenter, "Equal Employment Opportunity Law," American Bar Association, New Orleans, 2011.
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