CODE OF CONDUCT OR BINDING CONTRACT? COURT FINDS HANDBOOK NOT AN ENFORCEABLE CONTRACT IN APPELLATE VICTORY FOR THOMPSON BURTON


The Tennessee Court of Appeals is clarifying what changes an employee handbook from mere guidelines for the workplace to a binding contract between workers and their employer. In Mankin Media Systems v. Timothy Corder, an audio-visual and lighting systems integration company filed suit against a former employee for interfering with its customer relationships when the employee left to join a competitor. The employee worked for the company as a salesman, a forward-facing role that gave him access to proprietary information and customer data. The job required him to communicate regularly with clients and be the face of the company. During his employment, the salesman received an employee handbook and signed an acknowledgement that he reviewed the handbook. The handbook contained provisions that, among other things, protected the company’s trade secrets and intellectual property. When the salesman left to perform the same role for a competitor AV company serving the same […]

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Metro Codes Director, Deputy Director to Join Thompson Burton


Top two officials at the Metro Codes Department are leaving to join a new land use practice at Thompson Burton law firm. According to the Nashville Business Journal, in early June, the department’s director, Bill Herbert, and deputy director, Emily Lamb, will officially become partners at the firm, the pair told Nashville Business Journal in an exclusive interview. The move marks the latest recruitments for local attorney Jon Michael, who started Thompson Burton’s land use division last summer and also recently hired attorney Margaret Martin, who was once chief development officer for the Metro Nashville Airport Authority. The article continues to state, [Mayor Cooper] praised Herbert and Lamb for their work with Metro: “I am deeply appreciative of their dedication to Nashville, and look forward to continuing our work streamlining and updating the essential city services provided by our Codes team.” As someone who left Metro development services for a […]

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Thompson Burton PLLC Selected as 2022 Best Places to Work Honoree by Nashville Business Journal


Nashville, TN, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2022 – Thompson Burton PLLC was announced as a 2022 Best Places to Work honoree by Nashville Business Journal. The Best Places to Work honorees are the companies with positive work environments, bosses who inspire their teams and the ability to have fun while finding success across all parts of the business. To assemble the list, nominations were accepted from the public, and employees of nominated companies were asked to complete an online survey conducted by Quantum Workplace. The employee survey measures 10 key engagement categories, including team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders and manager effectiveness. Responses from each question of each completed survey are compiled and evaluated. Companies are ranked and winners are chosen in each size category by their composite score. Join us June 14 at First Horizon Park for this year’s Best Places to Work awards celebration! About Nashville Business Journal Nashville […]

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Cole Dowsley Becomes Tennessee Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator


Thompson Burton, PLLC is pleased to announce that partner Cole Dowsley recently became a Tennessee Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator. Cole has over 15 years of experience representing clients in all types of civil litigation matters. He now looks forward to using that experience as a mediator to assist litigants efficiently and effectively settle their cases. He completed mediation training at the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University. Cole’s current practice includes representing businesses and individuals as both plaintiff and defense counsel in trial, arbitration and mediation. In recent years, his practice has concentrated in commercial litigation, including of breach of contract cases, disputes among business owners, non-compete and non-solicitation cases, business torts, fraud and real estate disputes. In the past, Cole’s litigation practice has included premises liability, professional liability, employment law, construction, and personal injury cases. Cole is available to mediate all civil matters. Please contact him […]

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12 Thompson Burton Attorneys Selected as 2020 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars


Thompson Burton is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys were selected as 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. The selection process for this honor incorporates peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research. Final selection results in only 2.5% of attorneys in the state being selected as Rising Stars and 5% of attorneys in the state being selected as Super Lawyers.   The TB attorneys selected as 2020 Super Lawyers are:   Walt Burton – Real Estate   JK Simms – Employment & Labor   Phillip G. Young, Jr. – Bankruptcy   Ronn Steen – Creditor Debtor Rights   Cathy Speers Johnson – Family Law   John J. Hollins, Jr. – Family Law   Sarah Richter Perky – Family Law   Jerry W. Taylor – Health Care   The TB attorneys selected as 2020 Rising Stars include:   Kevin Thompson – Consumer Law   Melissa Burton – Business Litigation   Justin […]

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