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.
Tennessee Bar Association
Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management (MT|SHRM) – Board of Directors, Legislative Affairs Director
We represented a government contractor in the defense of a discrimination charge brought by a former employee, filed with both the Florida Commission on Human Rights (FCHR) and the EEOC. The FCHR issued a finding of no cause.
We represented an industrial technology company in the settlement of allegations by a former employee of wrongful discharge based on numerous theories in which our client faced substantial exposure.
We successfully defended the purchasers of a physician practice in the dissolution of a business partnership wherein substantial claims were made relating to the business agreement. We were able to reach a favorable settlement in which our client’s exposure was reduced significantly.
We successfully represented a private university in a misconduct case filed by a former student alleging gender bias in violation of Title IX and various state law claims, relating to the university’s enforcement of its sexual misconduct policy and subsequent investigation and expulsion of the student. The court granted the client’s motion to dismiss all of the counts.
Represented a global engineering company in a Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration complaint filed by a former employee
Obtained summary judgment for a home improvement retailer in a multi-claim case filed by a former employee
Recently settled a sensitive matter for a non-profit dialysis provider in which an employee had alleged that her employer’s treatment of her amounted to disability discrimination
Represented the dermatology platform of a private equity firm in the settlement of complex litigation in two jurisdictions relating to the unwinding of a physician practice group purchase
Recently won dismissal of a lawsuit filed against a Middle Tennessee strip mall property owner for Title III Americans with Disabilities Act violations
Represented an industrial equipment supplier based in Greenville, Tennessee in contentious union negotiations
Chambers USA — Labor & Employment (2003-2018)
Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Labor Law: Management “Lawyer of the Year” (2018, 2015); Nashville Employment Law: Management “Lawyer of the Year” (2017, 2013); Nashville Litigation: Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” (2016)
Best Lawyers in America® — Employment Law: Management; Labor Law: Management; Litigation: Labor and Employment (2003-2019)
Benchmark Litigation — Labor & Employment Star: South (2019)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2018)
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)