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Kara E. Shea - Nashville, TN

The Pinnacle at Symphony Place150 3rd Avenue SouthSuite 1600 Nashville, TN 37201

Updated: 07/19/2012

Nashville Employment Counseling Lawyer


Kara E. Shea provides practical advice on employment issues and compliance to national, regional, and local employers of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, in a variety of industries. She also represents employers before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and in litigation, including discrimination, retaliatory discharge, whistleblower, and wage and hour cases, including class actions...

About Kara E. Shea

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Employment Counseling
  • Employment Litigation
  • Labor and Employment


Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Employers Counsel Network
  • MT-SHRM (Legislative Chair, Board of Directors)
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
  • Tennessee Bar Association

Classes and Seminars

  • Legal Update: Wage & Hour Issues For Auto Dealers, Tennessee Automotive Association, November, - 2010
  • Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, HR Hero, 2009 - 2010
  • Conducting Workplace Investigations: A Step-by-Step Virtual Summit for HR Leaders, HR Hero, April, - 2010
  • Hot Topics in Wage & Hour Law, Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management, May, - 2010
  • Background and Credit Checks: Legal Risks and Workable Solutions, Professional Development University, February, - 2010
  • Wage & Hour Compliance Virtual Summit, HR Hero, July, - 2009
  • MLA Compliance Virtual Summit, HR Hero, June, - 2009
  • Avoid 2009 Wage & Hour Traps: New FLSA Compliance Strategies, HR Hero, March, - 2009
  • Managing IT Workers: Pitfalls to Avoid When Hiring, Classifying, and Firing, HR Hero Audio Conference, November, - 2008
  • FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation Laws - Learn How to Negotiate the Bermuda Triangle of Employee Leaves of Absence, October, - 2008
  • Tattoos and Nose Rings! Is Your Dress Code Legal?, HR Hero Audio Conference, March, - 2008
  • Your Employee Wore WHAT to Work? HR's Dress Code Challenge, HR Hero Audio Conference, May, - 2007
  • Too Short, Too Sloppy, TOO MUCH - Reining in Business Casual, HR Hero Audio Conference, September, - 2006


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee, 1996
    Law Review: Vanderbilt Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Boston University, 1991
    Honors: summa cum laude


Published Works

  • "HR Guide to Employment Law: A Practical Compliance Reference" (Chapter Author), M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC, November, 2009
  • "Wage & Hour Compliance: Practical Solutions for HR" (Co-Author), M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC, July, 2008
  • "Proceed with Caution When Rehiring Laid-Off Employees", Tennessee Employment Law Letter, July, 2009
  • "Reducing the Risk of Wrongful Discharge Claims During Layoffs", Tennessee Employment Law Letter, August, 2008
  • "Legal Issues When Reducing Employees' Hours, Wages", Tennessee Employment Law Letter, August, 2008

Office Information


The Pinnacle at Symphony Place150 3rd Avenue SouthSuite 1600 Nashville, TN 37201


  • (615) 651-6701



  • "Nashville's 101 Top Lawyers", Nashville Post Magazine, - 2011
  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor and Employment

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