Tennessee Defense

Lawyers Association


  • 30 Mar 2015 3:00 PM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)


    Court: TN Supreme Court

    Justin S. Gilbert, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Jonathan L. Bobbitt, Brentwood, Tennessee; and Jessica F. Salonus, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Charles Haynes.

    James M. Glasgow Jr., Union City, Tennessee; Timothy R. Holton, Memphis, Tennessee; and Michael P. McGartland and Eugene E. Borchardt, Fort Worth, Texas, for the appellee, Formac Stables, Inc.

    Robert D. Meyers, Ryan M. Skertich, and Brandon D. Pettes, Memphis, Tennessee, for the amicus curiae, the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association

    Judge: WADE

    The plaintiff asserted claims for retaliatory discharge pursuant to both the common law and the Tennessee Public Protection Act, alleging that the owner of the employer had engaged in illegal conduct and had terminated the plaintiff’s employment when he acted as a whistleblower by complaining of the conduct to the owner. The trial court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims because, according to his own allegations, he had not reported the illegal activity to anyone other than the person responsible for the activity. The Court of Appeals affirmed. We hold that an employee must report an employer’s wrongdoing to someone other than the wrongdoer to qualify as a whistleblower, which may require reporting to an outside entity when the wrongdoer is the manager, owner, or highest ranking officer within the company. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is affirmed.

  • 29 Mar 2015 5:44 PM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

    Ms. Thomas is one of TDLA's newest members! She was recently appointed as co-chair of TDLA's Employment and Workers' Compensation Section. She is sponsored by TDLA President James Tucker and Member Lynn Lawyer.

  • 13 Mar 2015 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Baker Donelson on making Fortune's list of best places to work! 

    "Baker Donelson (No. 30). Its Fortune description: “Southern law firm has a five-to-10-minute meeting called the Daily Docket every morning to keep everyone on the same page. The company also offers a flexible work schedule and, in some instances, paid sabbaticals, letting employees structure work around their personal needs and goals."

  • 09 Mar 2015 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    TDLA welcomes its newest member, Caldwell Collins of Baker Donelson's Nashville office.  Caldwell is a DRI member and sponsored by James Tucker, Jr. 

  • 02 Mar 2015 2:04 PM | Anonymous

    ... the newest members of TDLA, all sponsored by James Tucker.

    Pamela Jean Skelton of Ensafe, Incorporated, Memphis.  Pamela practices in the areas of legal and corporate transactions.

    Kristi Marie Wilcox Arth of Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings, Nashville.  Kristi practices in the areas of litigation and intellectual property.

    Brandon L. Morrow of Kramer Rayson, Knoxville.  Brandon practices in the areas of litigation and employment & labor.

    Jennifer Nicole Price of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, Knoxville.  Nikki practices in the areas of general liability and workers' compensation.

  • 27 Feb 2015 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    TDLA welcomes Christy Tosh Crider of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Nashville.  Ms. Christy practices in the areas of Long Term Care, Health Care, Risk Management, Labor & Employment. 

  • 10 Feb 2015 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    The newest members of TDLA include:

    Mark A. Baugh of Baker Donelson, Nashville, who practices in the areas of Labor & Employment, Litigation & Workers' Compensation, and

    Terri Leigh Bernal of Wimberly Lawson, Nashville, who practices in the areas of Employment, General Liability, Government and Workers' Comp.

  • 03 Feb 2015 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    TDLA lapel pins are available for $5!

    To request your pin.  Please send a check for $5 

    to:  TDLA
           P.O. Box 19853
           Nashville, TN 37219


  • 25 Jan 2015 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    TDLA welcomes its newest member, Melvin J. Malone of Butler Snow's Nashville office.  Mr. Malone graduated from law school at the University of Tennessee and practices in the areas of commercial and government law.  He is a member of DRI and sponsored by TDLA President James H. Tucker, Jr. 

  • 22 Jan 2015 9:20 AM | Anonymous

    Allison Cotton has joined Ford Harrison's Nashville office where her practice focuses on representation of employers in labor and employment matters.

    Lynn Lawyer has changed positions within Nationwide and now works out of their Franklin, TN office.  Her new position is Assistant General Counsel - Business Operations supporting the Central Atlantic Regional Operations. 

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