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David L. Johnson - Nashville, TN

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

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Updated: 01/21/2024

Nashville Appellate and Written Advocacy Lawyer

Overview

David Johnson has extensive experience in the litigation of disputes at the trial and appellate levels. His areas of expertise include employment and business litigation and he represents clients in many industry sectors, such as healthcare and construction. He has considerable experience in non-compete/trade secret litigation, and has written multiple articles on the subject, as well as spoken at several conferences...

David Johnson has extensive experience in the litigation of disputes at the trial and appellate levels. His areas of expertise include employment and business litigation and he represents clients in many industry sectors, such as healthcare and construction. He has considerable experience in non-compete/trade secret litigation, and has written multiple articles on the subject, as well as spoken at several conferences. Mr. Johnson was recently selected as a "Rising Star" in the Mid-South by Super Lawyers magazine.

He is the firm's Vice-Chair on the Labor & Employment Department.

He is also active in civic and charitable activities. He is a member of the American Cancer Society, YCAP, Big Brothers & Sisters and of the Covenant Presbyterian Church.

About David L. Johnson

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Appellate and Written Advocacy
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Employment Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Labor and Employment

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Participant in leadership programs, Labor and Employment Law Section and Section of Litigation; Co-Editor, ABA Business Torts Journal.)
  • Nashville Bar Association, Employment and Civil Rights Committee., 2006 - 2009 (Chair)
  • Tennessee Bar Association, 2004 - 2009 (Member, House of Delegates)
  • Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition, - 2004 (Chair)
  • Nashville Teen Court
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Section of Litigation)
  • American Bar Association (ABA Business Torts Journal)
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • House of Delegates, 2004 - 2009 (Member)
  • Employment and Civil Rights Committee, 2006 - 2009 (Chair)

Classes and Seminars

  • The Basics: Noncompete Covenants and Trade Secrets, 2006 - Present
  • The Basics: Noncompete Covenants and Trade Secrets, 2003 - Present
  • The U.S. Supreme Court Year in Review, 2005 - Present
  • The ADA/FMLA/Workers' Compensation Bermuda Triangle, 2004 - Present
  • Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements, 2005 - Present
  • Responsibility for Workplace Subpoenas, 2005 - Present
  • Enhancing Your Legal Writing Skills, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville, TN, 2006 - Present
  • Appellate Advocacy, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville, TN, 2003 - Present
  • Retaliatory Dishcarge in Tennessee, Tennessee Bar Association Webcast, March 17, - 2011
  • Defending a Retaliatory Discharge Claim in Tennessee in Light of Gossett, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, December, - 2010
  • Employment Law Risk Management, 2010 Nashville HR/Finance Conference, November, - 2010
  • Lee Medical, Inc. v. Beecher, Tennessee Hospital Association, June, - 2010
  • Tennessee Non-Competes and Non-Solicitations: Latest From the Appellate Courts and Practical Drafting Tips, M. Lee Smith Publishers, May, - 2010
  • Workplace Investigations: Tips to Investigate Employee Complaints, Address Employee Concerns and Mitigate Liability, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, April, - 2010
  • Exploring Retaliatory Discharge: Answers for Tennessee Attorneys, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, October, - 2009
  • From Union Arbitration to Discrimination Rulings: The Latest on Employment Law from the U.S. Supreme Court, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, July, - 2009
  • Presenter,To Depose or Not to Depose,, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference, Seattle,, 2011 - Present
  • Presenter, Hot Topics in Tennessee Employment Law,, Nashville Bar Association Annual Conference, 2011 - Present
  • Presenter, Tennessee Supreme Court Boot Camp,, Tennessee Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Presenter, State of the Union: Rule 56 and Rule 12 Motions in Tennessee,, Tennessee Farmers Mutual Insurance Company Attorney's Day, 2011 - Present
  • Presenter, Immigration Reform Law/Summary Judgment,, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Webinar, 2011 - Present
  • Presenter, Tennessee Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements,, M. Lee Smith Publishers Webinar, 2011 - Present
  • Presenter, Exploiting Pleading Pitfalls,, American Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, 2011 - Present
  • Presenter, Retaliatory Discharge in Tennessee,, Tennessee Bar Association Webcast, 2011 - Present
  • Presenter, Employment Contracts in Tennessee, Lorman, 2011 - Present
  • Presenter, Defending a Retaliatory Discharge Claim in Tennessee in Light of Gossett,, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, 2010 - Present
  • Presenter, Employment Law Risk Management, 2010 Nashville HR/Finance Conference.
  • Presenter,Tennessee Non-Competes and Non-Solicitations: Latest From the Appellate Courts and Practical Drafting Tips,, M. Lee Smith Publishers, 2010 - Present
  • Presenter, Lee Medical, Inc. v. Beecher,, Tennessee Hospital Association, 2010 - Present
  • Presenter, Workplace Investigations: Tips to Investigate Employee Complaint, Address Employee Concerns and Mitigate Liability,, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 2010 - Present
  • Presenter, Exploring Retaliatory Discharge: Answers for Tennessee Attorneys,, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, 2009 - Present
  • Presenter, From Union Arbitration to Discrimination Rulings: The Latest on Employment Law from the U.S. Supreme Court,, Tennessee Attorneys Memo, 2009 - Present
  • Presenter, The Basics: Noncompete Covenants and Trade Secrets, ABA Labor and Employment Section,, Employment Rights Responsibilities Committee Mid-Year, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2006 - Present
  • Presenter, The Basics: Noncompete Covenants and Trade Secrets,, ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco,, 2003 - Present
  • Presenter, The U.S. Supreme Court Year in Review,, ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2005 - Present
  • Presenter, The U.S. Supreme Court Year in Review, ABA Labor and Employment Section,, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee Mid-Year Meeting,, 2005 - Present
  • Presenter, The ADA/FMLA/Workers' Compensation Bermuda Triangle,, ABA Annual Meeting, Atlanta,, 2004 - Present
  • Presenter, The ADA/FMLA/Workers' Compensation Bermuda Triangle,, Lorman, Nashville,, 2004 - Present

Past Positions

  • Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Frank Drowota, Clerk, 1998 - 1999
  • Tennessee Court of Appeals, Judges W. Frank Crawford and Holly Kirby, Clerk, 1997 - 1998

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tennessee, 1997
    J.D.
    Law Review: Vanderbilt Law Review, Associate Managing Editor
  • Wake Forest University, 1993
    B.A.

Articles

Published Works

  • "Implementation of Health Care Reform Law Remains Priority", American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, Winter, 2011
  • "Paring Peer Review", Tennessee Bar Journal, October, 2010
  • "Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville", American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, February, 2009
  • "Attorney's Fees in Trade Secret Litigation", Defense Research Institute's Defending Intellectual Property Claims
  • "Supreme Court Reduces First Amendment Protection for Job-Related Speech", American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Newsletter
  • "Rabin Finds Pragmatism in Court's Approach", American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Newsletter
  • "Successor Liability Law in Products Liability Actions", Defense Research Institute's For the Defense, December, 2005
  • "Reinvigoration of the Market Participant Exception in the Arena of Municipal Solid Waste Management", 49 Vand. L. Rev. 753, 1996

Office Information

Address

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

Fax

  • (615) 651-6701

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About David L. Johnson

Included on the 2024 Mid-South list


Past Lists

  • 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Mid-South Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyers list

View the profile for David L. Johnson on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Recipient, ABA/YLD Star of the Year Award, 2007 - Present
  • Recipient, TBA/YLD Outstanding Service Award, 2004 - Present
  • Recipient, TBA/YLD Star of the Quarter Award, 2006 - 2007
  • Mid South Rising Stars, - 2010
  • AV-rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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