265 Brookview Centre Way
Knoxville, TN 37919
J. Randall Patterson, shareholder in the Knoxville, Tennessee office, represents employers before the EEOC and other state and federal agencies, and advises employers on many topics including policies and procedures, reductions in force, wage and hour issues, employee handbooks, drug testing and employment contracts.
In employment litigation, Mr. Patterson has experience in a full range of employment related claims including: sexual harassment; age, race and disability discrimination, FLSA collective actions; retaliatory discharge and employment related defamation claims. Mr. Patterson has litigation experience in ERISA litigation cases involving the denial of employee benefits, breach of fiduciary duties and related claims, and in antitrust and white collar criminal defense.
The Employment Law Practice:
Our labor and employment attorneys offer litigation defense services for administrative and court proceedings at the federal and state level, advice on pre-litigation strategies to reduce legal risks, policy analysis and drafting, compliance audits, management training and labor negotiation.
The lawyers on Baker Donelson’s labor and employment team work strategically with companies of all sizes. Our focus is on collaboration and building long-term relationships with our clients – understanding your staffing and workforce goals and helping you achieve them. Many of our clients have relied on our labor and employment team for more than 25 years. We know their needs, their culture, and the changes and challenges their businesses face.
We have advised clients in a wide variety of industries and sectors, and we bring that industry and sector knowledge to the labor and employment advice we provide. In addition, we work hard to understand the position of your company in your industry, the competitive pressures you face and what a successful HR, staffing or workforce outcome should look like for your company.
Our labor and employment team advises clients throughout the United States and on international employment matters. We have in-depth knowledge of both federal labor and employment law and state law.
We offer advice on a full range of employment law issues, but our unique strength is in providing strategic advice for our clients. Our attorneys use their knowledge of labor and employment law, and workplace management to help clients develop and implement strategic leadership plans and employee, staffing and workplace strategies.
To deepen the value of our strategic counsel, we offer customized training for management personnel. Training teaches practices and procedures to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation. With such practices and procedures in place, clients are better able to defend themselves in the event of litigation.
For 130 years, Baker Donelson has built a reputation for achieving results for our clients, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of legal matters. While providing legal services is our focus, it is how we deliver them that sets us apart. Our goal is to provide clients with more than what they have come to expect from a law firm.
Baker Donelson commits to a deep understanding of a client’s business, to enable us to anticipate clients’ needs and assist in their decision-making processes. Because we offer consistent, knowledgeable guidance based on their specific goals and objectives, clients view us as a valued business partner. This allows them to focus on the growth and success of their businesses, confident their legal issues will be handled by an attentive, responsive team.
Our unique approach to providing legal and policy services is enabled by our extensive support structure. As the 57th largest law firm in the U.S., Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of more than 750 attorneys and public policy advisors representing more than 30 practice areas, all seamlessly connected across 22 offices to serve virtually any legal and policy need. We provide to our clients a global network of local counsel and other professionals, and have helped our clients take advantage of global opportunities in more than 90 countries spanning six continents. Clients receive informed guidance from experienced, multi-disciplined industry and client service teams. Our federal and state public policy groups provide sound policy advice and comprehensive tracking services, keeping clients up-to-date on critical legislative and regulatory developments. Our diversity and women’s initiatives ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment for our people, perspectives and experiences. Technology helps us operate more effectively and efficiently by providing instant access to client-specific information and other key resources.