Office Information

  • Practice Group Leader, Labor and Employment Group
Kara is a member and Practice Group Leader for Labor and Employment. She regularly advises clients in a variety of industries on employment law compliance. She has extensive employment litigation and agency experience in Tennessee and around the country.

Biography – View PDF Bio

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, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Employment Law – Management, 2013-2022
    • Labor Law – Management, 2015-2022
  • 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, 2013-2020
  • Nashville’s Top 101 Lawyers, Nashville Post Magazine, 2011
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Labor & Employment (Tennessee), 2014-2021
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Labor & Employment Star, 2021
  • 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 employment litigation and agency experience in Tennessee and around the country.
  • Briefed cases to Tennessee Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court.
  • Acted as lead and co-lead counsel in multiple wage and hour class and collective actions in health care, transportation, agriculture, staffing, insurance, and retail services industries, among others.
  • Regularly advises clients in a variety of industries on employment law compliance.
  • Has conducted numerous workplace investigations for clients, as well as conducting supervisory training for clients, on a variety of employment law-related topics.  
  • Has provided FLSA exemption classification, independent contractor classification, and overtime issues analysis to clients in a variety of industries.
  • Has assisted clients in a variety of industries with employment issues related to mergers and acquisitions and reductions-in-force.
  • Provides guidance and risk assessment relative to employee disciplinary action and termination.
  • Provides guidance to clients in a variety of industries on state and federal leave requirements and the ADA interactive process.
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In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Quoted, "Tips for Employers Awaiting Details on New COVID-19 Vaccine Rules," HR Daily Advisor, September 10, 2021.
  • Presenter, "Returning to the Office," AAMVA 2021 Virtual Annual International Conference (AIC), September 2, 2021.
  • Presenter, "Welcome Back America! HR Considerations for the 2021 US Workplace," Employment Law Alliance, July 15, 2021.
  • Presenter, "A Shot in the Arm for the Workplace: A Look at how COVID-19 Vaccine Policies Can Help (or Potentially Hurt) the Return to In-Person Workforces," Lawyers' Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter, March 23, 2021.
  • Guest, "Working Mothers in Crisis," HR Works Podcast, January 26, 2021.
  • Presenter, "Can I Require my Employee to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine," Tennessee Association for Home Care, December 17, 2020.
  • Presenter, “Navigating the Challenges of ‘COVID-19 Leave’ and Compensation Issues,” Tennessee Bankers Association, HR Hot Topics: Conquering COVID Chaos, November 5, 2020.
  • Presenter, “Health, Privacy and Employer Liability Issues,” BLR Reopening the Workplace Virtual Conference: Navigating the New Reality of COVID-19, May 20, 2020.
  • Author, “Top tips for effective employment handbooks,” Nashville Business Journal, Memphis Business Journal, September 19, 2019.
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