As chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, Bob Horton represents management in all areas of labor and employment law. Bob’s practice consists primarily of counseling clients regarding employment issues and defending companies against all manner of employment claims throughout the U.S.
Bob has substantial jury trial experience and has obtained defense verdicts in discrimination and retaliation lawsuits across the country. With a robust non-compete practice, Bob has assisted employers in drafting non-compete agreements on a state-by-state basis, enforcing non-compete agreements by way of obtaining injunctive relief, and defending the company and new employees against claims of breach of non-compete agreements with prior employers. Bob assists numerous public companies and executives in the negotiation of employment agreements, as well as executive departures and subsequent issues that arise from equity grants in various forms.
American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
Represented Serco Inc. in its definitive Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire Alion Science & Technology Corporation’s Naval Systems Business Unit, including its Canadian business and a small number of related contract operations, for $225 million. The acquisition, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the second half of 2019. Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, will strengthen its presence in naval support with this acquisition, and will become a stronger integrated maritime solutions provider for the U.S Navy and other customers.
Represented a public utility company in a former employee’s appeal to the Tennessee Court of Appeals alleging wrongful termination due to false and misleading information provided at the time of their hire
Settled a hybrid class action case for a private hospital operator for alleged failure to pay nurses for time worked due to a time keeping system that would automatically deduct time for lunches each day
Successfully defended a national restaurant chain against sexual harassment and retaliatory discharge allegations stemming from an investigation which resulted in the Plaintiff’s termination
Successfully defended a national restaurant chain in a case alleging wage and hour violations
Represented Premise Health in its acquisition of eHealthScreenings
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an individual client and her company in a breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets case arising under the Tennessee Uniform Trade Secrets Act
Obtained favorable jury verdict in lawsuit by ancillary medical services provider alleging unlawful retaliation leading to his discharge
Represented a publicly-owned specialty retailer and its subsidiary in filing a lawsuit alleging breach of multiple restrictive covenants against a former employee
Successfully negotiated a settlement in a lawsuit filed by a former executive officer for breach of a severance agreement against a national health insurance provider
Chambers USA — Labor & Employment (2010-2019)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Labor Law: Management; Litigation: Labor and Employment (2019-2020)
Benchmark Litigation — Labor & Employment Star: South (2019)
Lawdragon 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers (2014)
Nashville Business Journal “Best of the Bar” (2011-2012)
Human Resource Executive “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” (2014-2016)
HR Professionals Magazine “2013 Top Labor & Employment Law Attorneys”
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2007)
Phi Beta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa