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M. Kim Vance


Kim Vance has more than 30 years of experience representing management in every aspect of labor and employment law.

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Professional Biography

Ms. Vance is a shareholder in the Labor & Employment Group at Baker Donelson's Nashville office. 

"Kim Vance has a 'very broad knowledge' of labor and employment law and is lauded for her 'hands-on' experience. She has extensive experience in HR and management training, in addition to noteworthy litigation experience." Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2018

"Kim Vance is described by sources as 'a terrific problem solver.' She is noted for her impressive counseling and defense of management teams before the EEOC and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission." Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers 2013

Ms. Vance "is commended for her breadth of experience and impressive client base." Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers 2012

"Kim is unique. She has the mind of a business owner and the intellect of a great lawyer. This combination has benefited our company in very meaningful ways," said Joe Scarlett, former Chairman and CEO of Tractor Supply Company, where Ms. Vance served as General Counsel previously.

In addition to defending companies in employment litigation, Ms. Vance's practice focuses upon:

  • presenting in-house management training programs to reduce employment related legal risks for companies across the nation;
  • counseling management clients through auditing human resources policies and practices to reduce legal risks; and
  • developing pre-litigation strategies to improve available defenses in preparation for litigation.

She has represented management clients in State and Federal Courts and in defense of administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, State Human Rights Commissions, State Unemployment Commissions, Arbitrators, the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor.

  • Listed since 2008 in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading Labor & Employment lawyer in Tennessee
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2008
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® for Labor & Employment Law (2001 – 2004, 2016 – 2021)
  • Named among the top 50 female attorneys by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2012 – 2014) 
  • Listed in "The Best of the Bar," Nashville Business Journal (2012)
  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce HR Excellence Awards Chairperson (2005 – 2006); Examiner (2002 – 2003, 2007 – 2013)
  • Adjunct Professor – Lipscomb University (2012 – present)
  • Scarlett Leadership Institute Instructor (2006 – present)
  • Law Clerk – United States District Court Judge H. Franklin Waters, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association (Chair of Labor and Employment Section 2005 – 2006 and Vice Chair 2004 – 2005)
  • Member – American, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations


  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School, J.D., 1986, with high honors
  • University of Central Arkansas, B.A., 1983, with highest honors


  • Tennessee, 1986
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1988
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1988
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 1990
  • United States Supreme Court, 1995

Kim Vance is 'probably the most in-demand labor law speaker.'

Kim is just tremendous. She does certain things better than most other people. She is a great trainer. She is really fun to work with and overall a great person. She has an unbelievable work ethic.

Labor and Employment attorney at a multinational automobile manufacturer

Kim Vance offers a wealth of experience in HR management training. Sources describe her as a 'really knowledgeable' lawyer who is 'a great speaker to HR and client groups.' She is also praised as a 'great litigator,' routinely representing clients in employment litigation and in matters before the DOL and NLRB. She acts across a variety of sectors including hospitality and retail.

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