Tennessee Labor Talk


The Tennessee Labor Talk blog is intended to serve as a resource for employers that will feature original and insightful commentary and review on important articles, cases and laws that affect the complicated and constantly changing labor industry or workplace. The Tennessee Labor Talk blog is published and authored by the labor and employment attorneys at Bass, Berry & Sims, 10 attorneys who devote their practices solely to labor and employment issues.

About the Authors

Tim GarrettTim K. Garrett

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Tim serves as the editor of the Tennessee Labor Talk blog and is a former chair of the labor and employment practice. He has extensive experience representing and counseling employers in all aspects of employment discrimination and traditional labor law, including knowledge in wage and hour collective actions and leave of absence claims and issues.  Tim’s experience and nationwide litigation practice have earned him recognition in The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA.


Lymari CromwellLymari Martinez Cromwell

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Lymari is the newest member of the labor and employment practice but already has gained substantial experience representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination claims related race, age, gender, national origin and disability; and claims involving sexual harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, workers’ compensation, and FMLA.  She also drafts and reviews employee handbooks and employment agreements.


Davidson FrenchDavidson French

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Davidson has nearly 20 years of experience as a labor and employment attorney.  During his career at the firm, Davidson has represented management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including litigation of harassment and discriminatory claims.  He works closely with several employers on day-to-day employee management and employee relations matters, including serving as the firm’s HR partner. Davidson is currently listed in The Best Lawyers in America®.

Bob HortonRobert W. Horton

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Bob serves as chair of the firm’s labor and employment practice, drawing on his 20 years of experience to lead the team. Bob both litigates and advises clients on a day-to-day basis regarding various employment-related issues, including discipline and discharge, discrimination and civil rights, sexual harassment, and non-competition agreements. He assists clients with various disability and leave issues under ADA and FMLA, wage and hour issues, drug and alcohol testing, veterans’ employment rights, union avoidance and other issues. Bob’s experience has been recognized in Chambers USA and Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Michael MoschelMichael S. Moschel

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Michael has been representing management in labor and employment matters exclusively since 1995 and has become one of the leading management-side traditional labor lawyers in the Southeast.  He has successfully represented employers in various campaigns, negotiations, work-stoppage counseling and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.  Michael litigates and advises clients regarding various employment issues including restrictive covenants agreements, wage and hour compliance, discipline and discharge, reductions in force, discrimination and civil rights, sexual harassment and I-9 compliance. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA for his labor and employment practice.


Bill OzierWilliam N. Ozier
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Bill is the most senior member of the labor and employment practice and has worked exclusively in this area of law since 1970.  Bill’s long career has focused on assisting clients in the day-to-day operations related to labor law and in defense of age, gender, national origin, religion, disability, retaliation and race discrimination claims; sexual harassment matters; union avoidance; and collective bargaining agreements including both disciplinary actions and contract interpretation. His experience earned him recognition in The Best Lawyers in America®, Who’s Who in American Law, Lawdragon 500 and Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, and in American College of Trial Lawyers.


Mary Leigh Pirtle
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Mary Leigh helps employers navigate complicated and evolving employment law issues. With experience in both traditional labor and employment litigation, Mary Leigh has represented employers against claims ranging from wage and hour violations to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) violations.



Stephanie Roth

Stephanie A. Roth
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Stephanie counsels clients on allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Previously, she advised clients in the healthcare industry related to their labor and employment issues.



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