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, 2013-2023
    • Labor Law–Management, 2014-2023
    • Litigation–Labor and Employment, 2014-2023
    • Lawyer of the Year, Labor Law – Management (Memphis), 2023
  • 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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In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Speaker, “North America Year in Review: United States Immigration Law,” US: 2022 Employment Law Year in Review Series, Employment Law Alliance, January 11, 2021.
  • 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.
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