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Greg Grisham

Of Counsel, Memphis
t: 901.333.2076
f: 901.526.8183


Greg Grisham is Of Counsel in the Memphis office. For 30 years, Greg has successfully counseled and represented employers in all areas of labor and employment law.

His practice includes all areas of labor and employment law, including helping employers avoid claims, charges, and lawsuits with a focus on preventative practices and the representation of business entities subject to Title III of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) in public accommodation cases.

He has successfully litigated hundreds of administrative charges, employment lawsuits, and arbitration demands on behalf of employers, including federal and state law claims. Greg also represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in unfair labor practice proceedings. 

Additionally, he represents employers in the enforcement of post-employment restrictive covenants such as non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements and related trade secret litigation.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • LawDragon and HR Executive Magazine’s List of Top 20 Lawyers in the United States in Traditional Labor & Employment Law (2017, 2018)
  • Elite Lawyer of the South, The National Law Journal (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Elected Fellow of The American Bar Foundation (December 2017)
  • Elected Fellow of College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (June 2016)
  • "Mid-South Super Lawyers," Super Lawyers Magazine (2006, 2007, 2013 - 2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Litigation - Labor and Employment  and Employment Law Management (2013-2020)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2008)
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Gulf Coast Regional Trial Program
  • Member, University of Memphis Law Review

Professional Activities

  • Memphis Bar Association, Fee Dispute Committee, Labor & Employment Section (1989-2014; 10/2018 to present)
    Treasurer of Labor & Employment Section (2020)
  • Member, Tennessee Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (2011-6/30/2014)
  • Member, Tennessee Advisory Committee to United States Commission on Civil Rights (3/2007 to present)
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Contributing Editor, “The Developing Labor Law” (Bloomberg/BNA)( 2017 to present)
  • Leo Bearman, Sr. Inn, American Inns of Court, Master of the Bench-Memphis (2011-6/2014)
  • John Marshall Inn, American Inns of Court, Master of the Bench-Franklin (7/2014 to present)
  • Nashville Bar Association (Federal Court Committee, Employment Laws and Civil Rights Committee) (7/2014 to present)
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Executive Council (6/2015 to present); Vice-Chair (7/2016-6/2017); Chair (7/2017-6/2018); Immediate Past Chair (7/2018-6/2019)
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Federal Practice Section, Executive Council (6/2013 to 6/2017); Vice-Chair (8/2014-8/2015); Chair (7/2015-6/2016); Immediate Past Chair (7/2016-6/2017)
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member Public Education Committee (6/2012 to present)
  • Federal Bar Association-Memphis/Mid-South Chapter, President 2012, (Board Member and Officer 2008-2013)
  • Federalist Society, Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter President (2000 to 7/2014;1/1/2019 to present)
  • Federalist Society, Nashville Lawyers’ Chapter Board of Advisors (7/2014 to 10/2018)
  • Federalist Society, Member Executive Committee Labor & Employment Practice Group (2006 to present); Practice Group Publication Representative (10/2016-present)
  • Federalist Society, Leader Tennessee State Court Project (2007 to 11/2014)
  • Leadership Collierville, Class of 1997
  • Secretary, Leadership Collierville Board of Trustees (1997 to 2000)
  • Board Member, Artesian Community School-Memphis (2013-7/2014)
  • Davidson County Steering Committee YesOn2 (7/2014 to 11/2014)
  • Board Member, Nashville Shakespeare Festival (8/2016 to 8/2019)


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • June 9, 2020 “Employment Law: Advanced Issues and Answers,” National Business Institute, Nashville, TN
  • May 6, 2020 “Employment Law: 2020 Comprehensive Guide,” National Business Institute, Olive Branch, MS
  • May 1, 2020 "23rd Annual Labor and Employment Forum" Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville, TN
  • April 1, 2020 "COVID-19 Labor and Employment Law Issues and Developments," Tennessee Bar Association Webcast
  • March 25, 2020 “Mini Law School for HR Professionals,” National Business Institute, Memphis, TN
  • January 22, 2020 “Seeing 20/20 in 2020: What Employers Need to Know for Labor and Employment in the New Year,” Association of Corporate Counsel TN, Memphis, TN
  • December 13, 2019 -" 2019 Sixth Circuit Update,” Memphis Bar Association - Memphis TN
  • October 30, 2019 “Human Resources Law Boot Camp,” National Business Institute, Memphis, TN
  • November 13-14, 2019 “HR Comply Conference,” Nashville, TN
  • November 7, 2019 “Records Retention: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them,” ALI CLE Webinar
  • August 7, 2019 “Your Top 10 Employment Law Questions Answered,” National Business Institute, Nashville, TN
  • April 10, 2019 “Employment Law Update,” National Business Institute, Memphis, TN
  • May 7, 2019 - “Employment Law Update,” - Association of Corporate Counsel TN CLE
  • March 1, 2019-“An Update and Overview of Tennessee and Federal Whistleblower Employment Laws”- Tennessee Bar Association Webcast
  • February 6, 2019 - "Romance in the workplace – or – Office dating pools need lifeguards too" - HR Simple Webinar 
  • December 07, 2018 -"Federal Law Update, Labor and Employment Seminar" Memphis Bar Association - Memphis TN
  • December 04, 2018 -"Keeping Employees Safe and Healthy During The Holiday Season" SHRM - Memphis TN
  • August 10, 2018 - "Surviving a Wage and Hour Investigation" Tennessee Statewide Payroll Conference - Murfreesboro, TN
  • July 16, 2018 - "Employment Law: Advanced Issues and Answers" National Business Institute, Nashville, TN
  • May 04, 2018 - "2018 Labor and Employment Forum" Tennessee Bar Association - Nashville, TN
  • April 18, 2018 - "Religious Accommodations in the Workplace" 2018 Annual Conference on Aging, "Life on Purpose" - LeadingAge Georgia, Greenville, SC
  • March 22, 2018-“The Legalities of Faith-Based Workplace Programs,”- Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
  • March 28, 2018 - "Workplace Religious Accommodations: EEOC Guidance and Court Developments," Strafford Webinar
  • January 16, 2018 - "Employment Case Discovery: Best Practices from the Plaintiff and Defense Perspective," Tennessee Bar Association CLE Webinar
  • November 21, 2017 - "Don't Hit Delete: Electronic Record Retention in the Workplace," ALI CLE Webinar
  • November 14, 2017 - "Electronic Record-Keeping: Preserving, Protecting, Producing & Destroying Digital Files,"- 2017 NTCA Legal Seminar, Nashville, TN
  • October 01, 2017 - "The Ultimate Legal/HR Audit: An HR Attorney's Perspective" Tennessee SHRM Conference, Nashville, TN
  • September 13, 2017 - "Electronic Recordkeeping: HR Compliance for Maintenance, Retention and Destruction of Employee Records," Center for Competitive Management Webinar
  • July 11, 2017 - "Evolving LGBT Rights in the Workplace,"- Duck River SHRM Chapter, Columbia, TN
  • April 21, 2017 - "Employment Law: Change and Challenges," Sterling Education Services, Little Rock, AR
  • February 28, 2017 - "An Update and Overview of Federal and Tennessee Whistleblower Laws" - Tennessee Bar Association Webinar
  • January 18, 2017 - "Religious Discrimination and Accommodation in the Workplace" - Tennessee Bar Association Webinar
  • November 16, 2016 - "Best Practices in Hiring and Discipline," Tennessee Association of School Business Officials 2016 Conference - Murfreesboro, TN
  • November 10, 2016 - "Navigating FMLA, ADA and workers' compensation," Tennessee Workers' Compensation Conference, Franklin, TN
  • November 04, 2016 - "Legal Considerations for Tennessee Pain Physicians and Practitioners," Tennessee Pain Society Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN
  • September 29, 2016 - "ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation," Sterling Education Services, Memphis, TN
  • August 11, 2016 - "Religious Accommodation in the Workplace Under Title VII" - Tennessee Statewide Payroll Conference - Knoxville, TN
  • August 09, 2016 - "Employment Law Update: Cutting Edge Issues," Sterling Education Services, Nashville, TN
  • May 10, 2016 - "Essentials of Employment Law," Sterling Education Services, Chattanooga, TN
  • April 15, 2016 - "Essentials of Employment Law," Sterling Education Services, Little Rock, AR,
  • March 03, 2016 - "Religious Discrimination and Accommodation Issues under Title VII," Tennessee Association of Manufacturers Breakfast Briefing, Chattanooga, TN
  • February 24, 2016 - "Religious Accommodation Issues under Title VII," West Tennessee SHRM Chapter Monthly Meeting, Jackson, TN


  • August 13, 2019 “NLRB Holds Employers May Bar Union Organizers From Public Areas On Employers’ Property Absent A Showing Of Inaccessibility Or Discrimination,” TBA Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter
  • July 30, 2019 “Avoid the summertime hiring blues,” Memphis Business Journal
  • June 2019 “Recent Developments in the Area of Joint Employment,” ACC Tennessee Focus
  • April 22, 2019 “NLRB Overrules Obama-Era Precedent Clarifying Test For Determining Independent Contractor Status Under NLRA,” TBA Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter
  • April 1, 2019 “Website Inaccessibility: The New Wave of ADA Title III Litigation,” Federalist Society Review
  • April 10, 2019 “The Ministerial Exception After Hosanna-Tabor: Firmly Founded, Increasingly Refined,” Federalist Society Review
  • January 18, 2019 - “Labor Board Holds Employers Can Petition for an Election to Determine Whether Union Maintains Majority Status Before Contract's Effective Date,” TBA Labor & Employment Section Newsletter
  • December 14, 2018 –“Keeping Your Employees Healthy and Safe During the Holidays,” SHRM-Memphis Newsletter
  • August 06, 2018 - "National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Issues Guidance on Handbook Rules Post-Boeing" TBA Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter
  • July 02, 2018 - Supreme Court Rules that Public-Sector Agency-Shop Arrangements Violate the First Amendment, Lexology
  • May 10, 2018 - First Circuit Finds Termination of Employee for Inability to Work Rotating Schedule Did Not Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lexology
  • February 09, 2018 - "The Pendulum Swings: Trump Labor Board Overturns Several Key Obama Era Decisions," TBA Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter
  • December 14, 2017 - Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Employer Finding That Required Mental-Health Examinations Did Not Violate the ADA, Lexology
  • October 11, 2017 - Sixth Circuit Holds Employer Not Vicariously Liable For Actions Of Alleged Supervisor In Title VII Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Case, Affirming Summary Judgment For Employer, Lexology
  • August 22, 2017 - Third Circuit Affirms Judgment in Favor of Employer in ADA Action, Finding that Compliance with NRC Regulations Justified Employee's Termination, Lexology
  • August 04, 2017 - Seventh Circuit Holds Distressed County Did Not Violate ADEA When It Terminated Rehired Retirees to Preserve Supplemental Health Insurance Coverage and Avoid Additional Costs, Lexology
  • August 2017 - "Tennessee Non-Compete Law: A Continued Focus on the Employer's Alleged Protectable Interests," HR Professionals Magazine
  • July 13, 2017 - Third Circuit Vacates Order Granting Summary Judgment in ADEA Failure to Hire Case Finding Triable Issue of Pretext , Lexology
  • June 19, 2017 - "Beyond the Red-Blue Divide: An Overview of Current Trends in State Non-Compete Law," Federalist Society Review
  • June 08, 2017 - "Supreme Court Holds NLRB's Acting General Counsel Had No Authority to Act After Being Nominated for the Position," TBA Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter
  • May 22, 2017 - "The Legal Landscape on Employer Dress Code and Appearance Policies: A U.S. and European Prospective," Corporate Counsel
  • April 27, 2017 - Second Circuit Upholds NLRB Order Finding Derogatory Facebook Post Protected Under the National Labor Relations Act, Lexology
  • April 12, 2017 - NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over Non-Teaching Employees of a Private Religious University, Lexology
  • March 22, 2017 - Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Employer in Title VII and Title IX Retaliation Case, Lexology
  • March 2017 - "Sixth Circuit Rejects Labor Board's Finding That a 'Protest' by a Union Equates to a Request to Bargain," TBA Labor & Employment Section Newsletter
  • December 2016 - "The Legal Landscape on Employer Dress Code and Appearance Policies: A U.S. and European Prospective," The NewJurist
  • November 2016 - "NLRB Overrules Precedent Requiring Consent of Staffing Employer and Client Employer for Single Bargaining Unit," TBA Labor & Employment Section Newsletter
  • September 22, 2016 - Sixth Circuit Upholds Jury Award Of Compensatory Damages Against CRA Under The FCRA For Negligence, But Vacates Punitive Damages Award, Lexology
  • August 25, 2016 - NLRB Holds Student Assistants Who Have a Common-Law Employment Relationship With a Private University Are "Employees" Under The National Labor Relations Act, Lexology
  • July 11, 2016 - Eighth Circuit Finds Non-Competition Agreements Assignable to Successor Employer in Asset Purchase Without Employees' Consent, Lexology
  • July 2016 - "United States Department of Labor issues updated 'Persuader Rule'," TBA Labor & Employment Section Newsletter
  • May 24, 2016 - Supreme Court Rules that Statute of Limitations Period for Constructive Discharge Claims Begins to Run from Date of Notice of Resignation, Lexology
  • April 2016 - "NLRB Holds Company Rules Banning Workplace Recording by Employees Violates NLRA," TBA Labor & Employment Section Newsletter
  • March 21, 2016 - "Circumventing Congress: The Use of Sex-Stereotyping Theory to Expand Protected Classes Under Title VII", Federalist Society Review
  • January 2016 - "Tennessee Supreme Court Declines to Recognize a Retaliatory Failure to Hire Exception to the Employment At-Will Doctrine," TBA Labor & Employment Section Newsletter
  • June 2015 - "NLRB General Counsel Issues Memo on Employer Handbook Rules," TBA Labor & Employment Section Newsletter
  • March 2015 - "An Update on the National Labor Relations Board's 'Micro Unit' Rule" TBA Labor & Employment Section Newsletter
  • January 2015 - "Labor Board Holds Employees Granted Access to Employer's Email System are Presumptively Permitted to use Email on Non-Worktime for Statutorily-Protected Communications" TBA Labor & Employment Section Newsletter
  • October 2014 - "Religious Accommodation in the Workplace: Current Trends Under Title VII," Federalist Society Review
  • August 2014 - "Tennessee Court of Appeals Reaffirms That Not All Violations of the Law Implicate Fundamental Public Policies For Purposes of Overcoming The Employment At Will Doctrine,"
  • July 2014 - "Truck Driver's Family Medical and Leave Act Retaliation and Interference Claims Survive Summary Judgment, but state law retaliatory discharge claim is dismissed,"
  • March/April 2014 - "How to Protect Business Information and Customer Relationships Through Employment Agreements" Pulse Magazine
  • January 2014 - "Nursing assistant's pregnancy bias claim can proceed, federal court rules," Lexology
  • October 2013 - "No Religious Discrimination without Accommodation Request, Tenth Circuit rules," Lexology 


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