Brent represents and defends clients ​in all areas of employment litigation including: discrimination, harassment, retaliation lawsuits, whistleblower, wage and hour, ERISA, defamation, and workers’ compensation matters. 

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2002
  • Mississippi, 2003
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western, Middle, Eastern
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • Arkansas: Western, Eastern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Leadership Academy, Fellow, 2006
  • Student Member, American Inns of Court, Leo Bearman, Sr. Chapter
  • University of Tennessee, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, Legal Methods

Education & Honors

  • University of Memphis, J.D., honors, 2002
    • Editorial Board, Law Review
    • Chief Justice, Moot Court Board
  • University of Memphis, B.A., Criminal Justice, 1998

Experience

  • Represented and defended clients in all areas of employment litigation including: discrimination, harassment, retaliation lawsuits, whistleblower, wage and hour, ERISA, defamation, and workers’ compensation matters. 
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employers in age, race and disability discrimination lawsuits in federal court.
  • Obtained summary judgment in ERISA wrongful denial of benefit case in federal court.
  • Secured "No Cause" findings on behalf of multiple employers in charges brought by the EEOC.
  • Obtained injunctive relief on behalf of employer and employee against non-employee who made threats of violence against the employee.
  • Represented employers in governmental investigations and/or audits by the USDOL and OSHA.
  • Handled litigation-related disputes involving contracts, business torts, and non-compete agreements.
  • Defended clients in medical malpractice personal injury, long-term care and aging services, insurance defense and civil rights claims.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “Attorneys’ 2016 Employment Law Update: Latest from the Tennessee Legislature and Courts.” Webinar, May 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Employers Beware: McDonald’s Memorandum Suggests that the NLRB Intends to Loosen the Standard for When Legally Separate Entities May Be Considered Joint Employers,Workplace, Vol. 2014, No. 11, September 2014.
  • Frequent speaker and presenter on labor and employment issues including: Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and employee privacy issues.
  • "Privacy Issues for Schools," February 2011.
  • "Employee Privacy and Social Media Issues," September 2010 and December 2011.
  • "Regulating the ADAAA," June 2010.
  • "Top Ten Ways to Reduce Your Wage and Hour Liability: March 2010.
  • "2009 Employment Law Wrap Up," December 2009.
  • 'Wage and Hour Update," SHRM, April and September 2009.
  • More...