Todd is a 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

Civic Involvement

  • Boys and Girls Club of Memphis
    • Board Chairman, 2014

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2010-2021
    • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Immigration Law
  • Best Lawyers in America®,
    • Employment Law–Management, 2013-2022
    • Labor Law–Management, 2014-2022
    • Litigation–Labor and Employment, 2014-2022
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Top Rated Immigration Attorney
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Immigration, Employment & Labor, 2013-2020
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Labor & Employment Star, 2021
  • Law360, Immigration Editorial Advisory Board, 2021
  • Memphis Business Journal, Top 40 Under 40, 2006

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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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Speaker, “New Landscape for Corporate Policies,” Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie I.C.E. September Series, September 21, 2021.
  • Moderator, "US Business Immigration: The Road Ahead Under the Biden Administration," Employment Matters Podcast, June 1, 2021.
  • Quoted, "Employers Hoping for Stability as Biden Immigration Plan Unveiled," HR Daily Advisor, January 21, 2021.
  • Author, "LAW ELEVATED — Trump administration announces significant changes to H-1B Visa program," Mississippi Business Journal, October 8, 2020.
  • Guest, “Immigration Alert: US Presidential Proclamation Update,” Employment Matters Podcast, April 24, 2020.
  • Guest, “US Immigration – Managing a Global Workforce During the Pandemic,” Employment Matters Podcast, April 10, 2020.
  • Guest, “US Immigration Update: What Employers Need to Know,” Employment Matters Podcast, March 30, 2020.
  • Speaker, “The Inclusive Global Workplace: Bridging the Gaps and Developing a Strategic Talent Management Plan,” Employment Law Alliance Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, October 14, 2019.
  • Panelist, “What Every Labor and Employment Advocate Needs to Know about the Current State of Immigration Law,” American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law’s 12th Annual Conference, San Francisco, Calif., November 9, 2018.
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