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Charles K. Grant

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Charles K. Grant is a veteran litigator who has tried more than 45 jury trials to verdict in both federal and state courts, and represented numerous clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings across more than a dozen states.

Featured Experience

Favorable resolution in defense of publicly-traded insurer in collective action under federal Fair Labor Standards Act over allegations it misclassified its insurance appraisers in twelve states.

Favorable resolution in defense of publicly-traded national restaurant chain in collective action under federal Fair Labor Standards Act with putative class of over 550 members.

Successfully defended Fortune 10 company in state court jury trial against claims brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Tennessee Human Rights Act, and against claims alleging negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiffs sought damages of $60 million.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Grant represents clients in complex employment litigation, including collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as business litigation matters. He is a shareholder in the Firm's Nashville office and a member of the Firm's Board of Directors. Mr. Grant's clients also include licensed professionals, such as lawyers, physicians and dentists, whom he has represented before licensing boards.

Mr. Grant was profiled in the February 2014 online publication Diversity, Inc., and in the Spring 2011 issue of the Firm's Diversity Matters newsletter.

Representative Matters
  • Favorable resolution in defense of publicly-traded insurer in collective action under federal Fair Labor Standards Act over allegations it misclassified its insurance appraisers in twelve states.

  • Favorable resolution in defense of publicly-traded national restaurant chain in collective action under federal Fair Labor Standards Act with putative class of over 550 members.

  • Successfully defended Fortune 10 company in state court jury trial against claims brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Tennessee Human Rights Act, and against claims alleging negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Plaintiffs sought damages of $60 million.
  • Obtained defense verdict in state court jury trial on claim of retaliatory discharge for asserting workers’ compensation claim.
  • Served as co-trial counsel representing landowner in $30 million jury verdict in eminent domain case. Successfully defended verdict in Tennessee Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained dismissals and summary judgments victory in state court case filed against institution of higher learning by dental students alleging claims of implied breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation and other claims. Plaintiffs sought damages of more than $25 million.
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal district court on behalf of public employer in case alleging termination of employment was retaliation in violation of First Amendment rights.

  • Obtained summary judgment victory in federal district court on behalf of manufacturer over allegations of race discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Tennessee Human Rights Act. Judgment was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Obtained summary judgment victory in federal district court on behalf of transportation company over allegations of sexual harassment and hostile work environment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • Obtained summary judgment victory in federal district court where the client, a stock ownership plan, sought restitution under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act.
  • Obtained summary judgment victory in federal court on behalf of national restaurant franchisor over allegations of race discrimination under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (Civil Rights Act of 1866) and for defamation under Florida law.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Immediate Past President, Nashville Bar Association (2015); President (2014) 
  • Recipient, Trailblazer Award, Napier-Looby Bar Association (2017)
  • Recipient, 2017 Barry Ford Diversity Award
  • Recipient, the Bruce Kramer Cooperating Attorney Award, American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (2015)
  • Recipient, A.A. Birch Outstanding Public Service Award, Napier-Looby Bar Foundation (2013)
  • Member, Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (2016)
  • Member, Tennessee Supreme Court Advisory Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure
  • Member, Tennessee Supreme Court, Disciplinary Hearing Committee, District V
  • Member, National Employment Law Council
  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section; Leadership Law Inaugural Class Member
  • Former Chair, Tennessee Bar Association Diversity Summit Committee
  • Former Co-Chair, Nashville Bar Association, Employment Law and Civil Rights Committee; Former Chair, Judicial Incumbent and Candidate Evaluation Committee
  • Trustee, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Past President and Former Member of Board of Directors, Napier-Looby Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, First Vice President, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
  • Master, Harry Phillips American Inns of Court
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006 (Employment Litigation Defense)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers In America® in the areas of Employment Law - Litigation and Employment Law - Management (2014 – 2017)
  • Listed in "The Best of the Bar," Nashville Business Journal (2008, 2013 – 2016)
  • Recipient, Baker Donelson CEO Circle Award for Public Service (2014)
  • Recipient, Tennessee Bar Association Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Award (2009)
  • Recipient, Tennessee Bar Association President's Award for Work on Diversity Summit (2006)
  • Recipient, Baker Donelson Firm-wide Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2008)
  • Recipient, Nashville Pro Bono Program Volunteer of the Year Award (2004)
  • Past Chair, Board of Directors, Nashville Business Incubation Center
  • Past Chair, Board of Directors, Project Reflect, Inc. (sponsor of Smithson Craighead Academy Committee – Nashville's First Charter School)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Ladies Hermitage Association Board (Home of Andrew Jackson)
  • Member, Board of Directors, YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
Publications
  • Featured – "Panel: Keep money out of judicial elections," The Tennessean (March 2014)
  • "Charles K. Grant: Giving Back First" (March 20, 2014)
  • Co-author – "The Freedom Rides: Making the Law Apply to All," Nashville Bar Journal, Article of the Year Award (September 2011)
Speaking Engagements
Press Releases

Awards

Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • The Citadel, B.S., 1988

Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for Vermont
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits 
  • U.S. Supreme Court

I think Charles is exceptional. When it comes to employment litigation, he is one of the best I've worked with - the gold standard of attorneys. He has practicality and knowledge. He's been a great ally in litigating the employment cases that we have.

Associate General Counsel at one of the world's leading manufacturers of water heating equipment

He doesn't ever lose his cool. It is clear that he is well regarded and well respected and has a strong character and confidence about the right way to litigate a case.

Associate General Counsel at one of the largest American direct broadcast satellite service providers

Charles's representation was 'exquisite' - not a term used too often to describe lawyers or the legal profession as a whole for that matter. However, it seems to fairly describe the manner in which he wove together the restrained use of legal resources, excellent legal research, good client communications, useful collaborations with co-counsel, experience and seasoned legal judgment, knowledge of local courts, and strong courtroom presence to produce a winning result. We were fortunate to find Charles and Baker Donelson to represent us.

General counsel of international charitable organization

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