Tim K. Garrett
Tim Garrett helps employers solve complex issues related to all aspects of labor and employment law, providing in depth counseling and developing creative solutions to underlying business issues. He is an experienced trial lawyer, defending employers of all sizes in employment litigation claims across the country. His work has ranged from defending a major university during a significant wage and hour collective action involving thousands of employees to the successful defense of a major healthcare provider in a gender discrimination / retaliation case. In addition, Tim has served as nationwide labor and employment counsel for the largest nonprofit dialysis company in the U.S.
Recognized by Chambers USA as “one of the best labor lawyers in Nashville,” and “an expert employment litigator, fielding significant experience in non-compete agreements, harassment and wrongful discharge matters,” Tim has earned a national reputation for counseling employers through the maze of complex employee issues, such as:
- Employment Litigation – Defending employers in various discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, non-competition agreements and wage and hour disputes in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
- Labor and Employment Law – Providing proactive, day-to-day counseling to employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship with a focus on resolving issues before they become crises.
- Traditional Labor Law – Serving as lead counsel for management facing union organization or navigating established union relationships.
With an energetic and entertaining style, Tim frequently speaks on labor and employment topics. He also is actively involved within his community, having held at least one term in office on every nonprofit or community board of which he has been a member.
Tennessee Bar Association
Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management (MT|SHRM) — former Board of Directors, Legislative Affairs Director
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Media Mentions & Firm News
Chambers USA — Labor & Employment (2003-2023)
Best Lawyers® — Nashville Employment Law: Management “Lawyer of the Year” (2024, 2017, 2013); Nashville Litigation: Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” (2024, 2016); Nashville Labor Law: Management “Lawyer of the Year” (2018, 2015)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Employment Law: Management; Labor Law: Management; Litigation: Labor and Employment (2003-2024)
Benchmark Litigation — Labor & Employment Star: Tennessee (2019-2023)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2023)
Nashville Business Journal “Best of the Bar” (2011-2012)
HR Professionals Magazine “2013 Top Labor & Employment Law Attorneys”
Phi Beta Kappa
NCAA Post-Graduate Scholar — Wrestling
Vanderbilt Law Review — Associate Editor (1985-1986)