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Megan M. Sutton

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Ms. Sutton defends local, regional and nationally-known employers in a broad range of employment matters, including the defense of cases under federal and state discrimination laws, against retaliation claims, and against claims for violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Featured Experience

Represented a client in a federal jury trial that resulted in a defense verdict on the plaintiff's claims for discrimination, retaliation, and failure to accommodate under the ADA.

Represented a client in a federal jury trial that resulted in a directed verdict following the close of the plaintiff's proof on his claims for disability discrimination under the ADA and FMLA retaliation.

Represented a client in a federal jury trial that resulted in a defense verdict on the plaintiff's claims for failure to accommodate under the ADA and FMLA interference.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Sutton defends local, regional and nationally-known employers in a broad range of employment matters, including the defense of cases under federal and state discrimination laws, against retaliation claims, and against claims for violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Ms. Sutton also litigates non-compete cases, and advises clients facing challenging workforce issues such as employee discipline, termination, and leave issues.

Ms. Sutton also counsels clients through internal investigations involving claims of whistleblowing, harassment, and wage and hour issues. She regularly represents clients in state and federal courts. Since joining the Firm, Ms. Sutton has accumulated significant trial experience on large litigation matters, co-chairing seven jury trials (four of which were in federal court).

As an integral member of the Labor & Employment Group in the Nashville office, Ms. Sutton regularly conducts plaintiff and defense witness depositions and handles settlement negotiations. She is also one of the Firm's diversity trainers on "implicit bias."

Before joining Baker Donelson, Ms. Sutton was a judicial clerk for Chancellors W. Frank Brown, III and Jeffrey M. Atherton at the Hamilton County Chancery Court in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Representative Matters
  • Represented a client in a federal jury trial that resulted in a defense verdict on the plaintiff's claims for discrimination, retaliation, and failure to accommodate under the ADA.

  • Represented a client in a federal jury trial that resulted in a directed verdict following the close of the plaintiff's proof on his claims for disability discrimination under the ADA and FMLA retaliation.

  • Represented a client in a federal jury trial that resulted in a defense verdict on the plaintiff's claims for failure to accommodate under the ADA and FMLA interference.

  • Represented a client in a jury trial defending regional lending institution in an age discrimination case in Jackson, Tennessee. Judge directed verdict in our favor after a hung jury.

  • Obtained summary judgment for a financial institution where the plaintiff alleged gender and national origin discrimination, retaliation, and violation of the Equal Pay Act in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

  • Assisted in a successful jury trial defending a large manufacturing client in a workers' compensation retaliation case where plaintiff, a 22-year-long employee, was terminated for work performance and who cited back injury as reason for poor performance, but never recorded the injury.

  • Obtained summary judgment for a food manufacturing company where plaintiff alleged national origin discrimination and associational retaliation in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a senior housing community where the plaintiff alleged gender and pregnancy discrimination based on a failure to promote theory, including a claim for retaliation in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
  • Obtained summary judgment for construction company on plaintiff's claims for FMLA interference and FMLA retaliation in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee which was affirmed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an assisted living facility on state law claims where plaintiff alleged violation of Tennessee Public Protection Act, Tennessee Adult Protection Act and retaliatory discharge in violation of Tennessee common law.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an assisted living facility where the plaintiff alleged race and gender discrimination, including claim for retaliation in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
  • Obtained summary judgment on plaintiff's state law claim for violation of the Tennessee Disability Act and then subsequently obtained a motion to dismiss plaintiff's claim for retaliatory discharge in violation of Tennessee common law.
  • Obtained Summary judgment for a national telecommunications company in two separate workers' compensation retaliation cases with a cable installer and an installation repair technician.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer in an arbitration where plaintiff alleged age discrimination, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and violation of the Equal Pay Act.

  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice following plaintiff's deposition in her federal lawsuit where she alleged age and disability discrimination.

  • Successfully mediated a case for national pest control company where plaintiff alleged race discrimination but was terminated for insubordination; settled for much less than demanded.
  • Mediated a case in which sympathy rested heavily with plaintiff, a newly-hired African immigrant who was put on leave after several epileptic seizures at work, then fired since his job entailed operating heavy machinery. The employee was so new that he had not yet received FMLA benefits. The case was successfully settled for a fraction of the initial claim.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Named a Mid-South Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2016 – 2019)
  • Member – Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations
  • Member – DRI
  • Member – Inns of Court
  • Board Member – ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
  • Recipient – Associate of the Year Award, Nashville office (2015)
  • Trial Coach – Harpeth Hall High School Mock Trial Teams (2011 – 2016)
Publications
Speaking Engagements

Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2010, magna cum laude
    • Recipient – Award for Excellence in Antitrust Law
    • Student Materials Editor – Tennessee Law Review
    • Staff Member – Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A., 2007, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2010
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2012
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014

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