Areas of Emphasis
  • Business Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Non-Compete and Trade Secret Litigation
  • Employment Compliance, Counseling and Training
  • Appellate
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
Distinctions
  • AV-rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Employment and Labor
  • Spearheaded addition of Rule 72 to the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Clerk, Tennessee Supreme Court of Justice Frank Drowota, 1998-1999
  • Clerk, Tennessee Court of Appeals Judges W. Frank Crawford and Holly Kirby, 1997-1998
  • Chair, 2004 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition
  • American Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division Star of the Year Award, 2007
  • Tennessee Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division Star of the Year Award, 2004
  • Tennessee Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division Star of the Quarter Award, 2006 & 2007
Education & Honors
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D., Vanderbilt Law Review Associate Managing Editor, 1997
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., 1993
Associations
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Section of Litigation
    • ABA Business Torts Journal
      • Co-Editor
  • Nashville Bar Association
    • Employment and Civil Rights Committee Chair, 2006-09
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • House of Delegates Member, 2004-09
  • Rotary Club of Nashville
  • Nashville Chamber of Commerce
    • New Member Advisory Committee
    • Partnership 2020 Task Force
Bar Admissions
  • Tennessee, 1997
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Eastern, Middle and Western Districts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit
    • 8th Circuit
    • Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Papers, Presentations & Publications
  • “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).
  • Tennessee Chapter Editor, Tortious Interference in the Employment Context: A State-by-State Survey, (3rd ed. 2013 & Supp. 2013).
  • Tennessee Chapter Editor, Trade Secrets: A State-by-State Survey, (4th ed. 2012 & Supp. 2013).
  • Tennessee Chapter Editor, Employee Duty of Loyalty: A State-by-State Survey, (5th ed. 2013).
  • Regional Editor, Employment At Will: A State-by-State Survey, 2013 Supplement.
  • Chapter Author, Employee Duty of Loyalty: A State-by-State Survey, Fifth Edition, 2013.
  • Author, Effective Use of Non-Competition/Non-Solicitation Agreements In The Workplace, Workplace Vol. 2013 No. 8, (Sept. 2013).
  • Co-Presenter, Covenants Not to Compete: Overview and Drafting Tips for Tennessee Attorneys, webinar (Aug. 2013).
  • Author, Federal Law Provides Enhanced Trade Secret Protection for Employers, Workplace, Vol. 2013 No. 3, April 2013.
  • Co-Author, When Does Preparation to Compete Become Unlawful Conduct?, Business Torts Litigation, Winter 2013, Vol. 20, No. 2.
  • Author, Panelists Address Future of Labor and Employment Practice, Labor and Employment Law, Fall 2012, Vol. 41, No. 1.
  • Author, The Parameters of "Solicitation" in an Era of Non-Solicitation Covenants, 28 ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law 99 (2012).
  • Presenter, Tennessee Employment Law: Trends, Recent Cases, and New Laws, M. Lee Smith Publishers Webinar, (2012).
  • Co-Author, Independent Contractors: Tennessee, Practical Law Company, November 2012.
  • Presenter, Workplace Harassment: What You Need to Know, American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (2012).
  • Presenter, To Depose or Not to Depose, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Seattle, WA (2011).
  • Presenter, Hot Topics in Tennessee Employment Law, Nashville Bar Association Annual Conference (2011).
  • Presenter, Tennessee Supreme Court Boot Camp, Tennessee Bar Association (2011).
  • Presenter, State of the Union: Rule 56 and Rule 12 Motions in Tennessee, Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Company Attorney's Day (2011).
  • Presenter, Immigration Reform Law/Summary Judgment, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Webinar (2011).
  • Presenter, Tennessee Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements, M. Lee Smith Publishers Webinar (2011).
  • Presenter, Exploiting Pleading Pitfalls, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Section (2011).
  • Presenter, Retaliatory Discharge in Tennessee, Tennessee Bar Association Webcast (2011).
  • Presenter, Employment Contracts in Tennessee, Lorman (2011).
  • Presenter, Defending a Retaliatory Discharge Claim in Tennessee in Light of Gossett, Tennessee Attorneys Memo (2010).
  • Presenter, Employment Law Risk Management, 2010 Nashville HR/Finance Conference.
  • Presenter, Lee Medical, Inc. v. Beecher, Tennessee Hospital Association (2010).
  • Presenter, Tennessee Non-Competes and Non-Solicitations: Latest From the Appellate Courts and Practical Drafting Tips, M. Lee Smith Publishers (2010).
  • Presenter, Workplace Investigations: Tips to Investigate Employee Complaint, Address Employee Concerns and Mitigate Liability, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (2010).
  • Presenter, Exploring Retaliatory Discharge: Answers for Tennessee Attorneys, Tennessee Attorneys Memo (2009).
  • Presenter, From Union Arbitration to Discrimination Rulings: The Latest on Employment Law from the U.S. Supreme Court, Tennessee Attorneys Memo (2009).
  • Presenter, The Basics: Noncompete Covenants and Trade Secrets, ABA Labor and Employment Section, Employment Rights Responsibilities Committee Mid-Year, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (2006).
  • Presenter, The Basics: Noncompete Covenants and Trade Secrets, ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2003).
  • Presenter, The U.S. Supreme Court Year in Review, ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2005).
  • Presenter, The U.S. Supreme Court Year in Review, ABA Labor and Employment Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Mid-Year Meeting, Miami, FL (2005).
  • Presenter, The ADA/FMLA/Workers' Compensation Bermuda Triangle, ABA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA (2004).
  • Presenter, The ADA/FMLA/Workers' Compensation Bermuda Triangle, Lorman, Nashville, TN (2004).
  • Presenter, Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements, Lorman, Nashville, TN (2005).
  • Presenter, Responsibility for Workplace Subpoenas, Lorman, Nashville, TN (2005).
  • Presenter, Enhancing Your Legal Writing Skills, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville, TN (2006).
  • Presenter, Appellate Advocacy, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville, TN (2003).
  • Author, Implementation of Health Care Reform Law Remains Priority, ABA's Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Winter 2011).
  • Author, Case Study: Inland Am. Winston Hotels v. Crockett, Employment Law 360 (June 2011).
  • Author, Paring Peer Review, Tennessee Bar Journal (Oct. 2010).
  • Author, Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville, ABA's Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Feb. 2009).
  • Author, Attorney's Fees in Trade Secret Litigation, DRI's Defending Intellectual Property Claims.
  • Author, Tennessee portion of DRI's Trade Secrets Compendium.
  • Author, Supreme Court Reduces First Amendment Protection for Job-Related Speech, ABA's Labor and Employment Law Newsletter.
  • Author, Rabin Finds Pragmatism in Court's Approach, ABA's Labor and Employment Law Newsletter.
  • Author, Successor Liability Law in Products Liability Actions, DRI's For the Defense (Dec. 2005).
  • Contributor, Tennessee Employment Law Letter.
  • Author, Reinvigoration of the Market Participant Exception in the Arena of Municipal Solid Waste Management, 49 Vand. L. Rev. 753 (1996).

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