Bass, Berry & Sims Expands Labor & Employment Practice with Addition of Three Attorneys

June 25, 2019
Personnel Announcement

Employment Member Joins the Firm’s Knoxville, Tenn. Office, as Two Additional Attorneys Join in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. June 25, 2019 – Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce the expansion of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group with the addition of three attorneys. Timothy B. McConnell joins as a member in the firm’s Knoxville, Tennessee, office and Ginette R. Brown joins as an attorney in the firm’s Nashville office. In addition, Lymari Martinez Cromwell rejoins the firm as counsel in the Nashville office.

Timothy B. McConnell brings more than 20 years of experience representing and advising clients across the country in a wide range of issues that businesses face related to their workplace. He handles litigation, training and internal investigations related to state and federal employment law issues, including wage and hour compliance, disciplinary and termination decisions, paid leave and workplace harassment and discrimination claims. In his practice he regularly defends clients in matters before federal and state courts across the country in addition to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and related state agencies.

McConnell is a former president of the Tennessee Valley Human Resource Association and previously served as co-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C. He earned his law degree from University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (1997) and his undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University (1991).

“We are excited to welcome Tim to our labor team. Our clients will greatly benefit from his deep experience providing sophisticated counsel and effective legal solutions for the increasingly complex challenges facing employers’ businesses.” said Bob Horton, chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

Lymari Martinez Cromwell represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor relations law, working with clients across varying industry sectors, including healthcare, hospitality and manufacturing. She previously worked in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group from 2008-2018. Cromwell advises clients on the wide spectrum of day-to-day employment law matters and is experienced defending businesses in significant litigation matters related to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), wage and hour disputes, whistleblower claims, breach of employment contract and enforcement of non-compete agreements. Cromwell earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law (2008) and her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia (2005).

Ginette R. Brown counsels clients related to compliance with employment regulations as well as complex litigation related to state and federal laws, securities law violations, contract disputes, workplace immigration and compliance issues. She also advises on matters pertaining to workplace agreements, including employee handbooks and policies, severance agreements, non-compete agreements and more. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Brown practiced at firms in Georgia and California. Brown earned her law degree from the University of Southern California Law School (2010), her Master’s of Education degree from Arizona State University (2004) and her undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University (2001).

“We are delighted to welcome back Lymari to the firm and excited to have Ginette join our team. Their addition further strengthens our firm’s capabilities and adds depth to our comprehensive labor practice. As the need for quality legal guidance is more important than ever for employers, we are excited to grow our team with such great, client-focused attorneys to help navigate the ever-shifting regulatory landscape of employment law,” added Horton.

The Bass, Berry & Sims Labor & Employment Practice Group has deep experience in management side labor issues and employment law litigation and counseling. Clients include union and non-union companies as well as public and private employers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small locally-owned businesses. Our team and attorneys are consistently recognized in leading industry outlets, including Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America® and others. More information on the firm’s labor and employment capabilities can be found here.

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