Kara is a member and former Practice Group Leader for Labor and Employment. She regularly counsels clients in financial services, healthcare and home health industries on employment law compliance. She has extensive trial and appellate experience in Tennessee and around the country.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit
    • 7th Circuit
    • 10th Circuit
    • 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Distinctions

  • Lifetime Achievement Selection, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, 2016
  • Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Employment Law – Management, 2013-2020
    • Labor Law – Management, 2015-2020
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Top 50 Women:  Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
    • Top 50: Nashville Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
    • Top 100: Tennessee Super Lawyers, 2014, 2016
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2013-2019
  • Nashville’s Top 101 Lawyers, Nashville Post Magazine, 2011
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Labor & Employment (Tennessee), 2014-2019
  • Editor, Tennessee Employment Law Letter, published by BLR/HR Hero
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Education & Honors

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1996
    • Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • Boston University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1991

Experience

  • Extensive trial and appellate experience in Tennessee and around the country.
  • Regularly counsels clients in financial services, healthcare and home health industries on employment law compliance.
  • Provided FLSA exemption analysis to national home health care company.
  • Assisted Tennessee troubled bank with reduction-in-force impacting dozens of positions, resulting in return of all severance agreements and no claims against the bank.
  • Provides guidance and risk assessment relative to employee disciplinary action and termination.
  • Represented employers in Department of Labor wage and hour investigations resulting in reduction of backpay assessments.
  • Litigated and favorably mediated wage and hour class and collective actions in health care, transportation, agriculture, and retail services industries.
  • Briefed cases to Tennessee Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court.
  • Drafted sex harassment, overtime, and other employment policies and forms for hundreds of employers in a variety of industries.
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In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “Administering Pay: Compliance Essentials and How to Avoid FLSA Pitfalls,” Business and Legal Resources, December 7, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Paid Sick, Parental & Family Leave Hotbed: Multi-State Updates for Mastering Emerging Compliance Obligations,” HR Comply, Las Vegas, Nev., November 15, 2018.
  • ​Presenter, “Time is Money: Preventing & Defending Off the Clock Claims,” Webinar Presented by Butler Snow and Welch Consulting, October 25, 2018.
  • Presenter, "Top Ten Wage & Hour Mistakes," 2018 Employment Law Conference, Franklin, Tenn., October 19, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Sourcing and Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts to Help You Identify Ideal Candidates While Avoiding Legal Pitfalls,” BLR Events, RecruitCon 2018, Nashville, Tenn., May 11, 2018.
  • Speaker, FMLA Master Class: Tennessee – Advanced Skills For Employee Leave Management, Nashville, Tenn., May 16, 2017.
  • Keynote Speaker and Presenter,  21st Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Las Vegas, Nev., November 9-11, 2016.
  • Presenter and Panelist, "The New DOL Overtime Regulations: Is Your Workplace prepared?" 2016 MidSouth Employment Law Conference, October 2016.
  • Presenter, “Disability and Leaves of Absence: The latest on Who Qualifies as Disabled, “Non-Traditional” Disabilities and Mental Health Claims, What Accommodations Qualify as Reasonable, and a Tactical Tool-Kit for Defending Against ADA & FMLA Claims.” American Conference Institute, July 2016.
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