About the Authors


Susie BilbroSusan K. Bilbro

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Susie advises clients on all aspects of employee benefit plan design and administration. She counsels clients on employee welfare and pension benefits issues, both in connection with corporate transactions and on day-today administration.


Dustin CarltonDustin Carlton

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Dustin Carlton represents employers in a variety of traditional labor and employment matters, including wage and hour, employment discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims. Dustin, who is licensed in both Tennessee and California, provides regular updates on labor law from the California courts, which are typically at the forefront of national regulation.


Lymari CromwellLymari Martinez Cromwell

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Lymari has 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.


Doug DahlDouglas W. Dahl II

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Doug assists clients on all facets of employee benefits and executive compensation issues. He works with private and public companies on the creation, administration and compliance of qualified retirement plans and compensation packages. Drawing on his experience as an attorney with the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel, Doug represents companies in various interactions with the IRS, Department of Labor, the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and the Department of Health and Human Services.


Curtis FisherCurtis L. Fisher

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Curtis spends a large portion of his practice devoted to employee benefit and executive compensation matters related to merger and acquisition transactions. He also routinely advises clients on executive compensation matters, including the application of Section 409A to employment agreements, equity arrangements and non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements.


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. Davidson is currently listed in The Best Lawyers in America®.


Tim GarrettTim K. Garrett

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Tim serves as the editor of the Bass Berry HR Law 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.


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 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.


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 Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America®, Who’s Who in American Law, 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.


Fritz RichterFritz Richter, III

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Fritz brings more than 30 years of experience counseling clients on employee benefit plan design and administration, and compliance with the IRS, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). With a foundation in the IRS’s Employee Plans and Chief Counsel’s Offices in Washington, D.C., Fritz has developed a broad employee benefits and executive compensation practice. Fritz has been recognized for his work in The Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers.


David ThorntonDavid A. Thornton

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David counsels clients with regards to compliance with IRS and DOL laws and regulations applicable to employee benefit plans as the fiduciary responsibilities of employers and trustees of employee benefit plans. He works with for-profit and nonprofit employers, plan fiduciaries, employees, third-party administrators, insurers and other providers of employee benefit plans and programs to design, implement and administer retirement plans, including pension, profit sharing, 401(k) plans and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), as well as other non-qualified plan alternatives. In addition, David counsels his clients on the complexities of compliance with the ACA, potentially saving them millions in Play or Pay penalties. David’s experience has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®and Mid-South Super Lawyers.


Kimberly VeirsKimberly S. Veirs

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Kimberly counsels clients in all facets of employment law including wage and hour, discipline and discharge, and discrimination claims. She advises employers on a variety of employment law issues, involving the FMLA, ADA, FLSA, OSHA and other state and federal employment law statutes.