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Chris Barrett


Chris Barrett concentrates his practice in employment litigation on the state and federal levels.

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Professional Biography

Chris Barrett is an associate in Baker Donelson's Nashville office and a member of the Advocacy Department.

Chris is a labor and employment attorney with significant experience in state and federal court employment litigation involving FLSA, ADA, Title VII, FMLA, THRA, and TDA claims. In addition, he has a background in administrative agency proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission including mediations and the drafting of position statements. Chris also has significant experience in matters involving restrictive covenants and trade secrets. Chris is a frequent author and presenter on employment law topics.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Chris worked for a Nashville law firm where he practiced labor and employment law. Prior to entering private practice, Chris served as a law clerk at the Connecticut Appellate Court and the Connecticut Superior Court. During law school, he served as a law clerk for the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General in Washington, D.C. and as an extern at the United States Federal District Court in Hartford, Connecticut.

  • Supported trial team that achieved $7.4 million verdict in copyright infringement lawsuit.

  • Blocked service of summons in action on judgment in California where client faced $600,000 in liability.

  • Successfully argued motion to dismiss case in state court matter leading to dismissal of case and nonsuit in related case.

  • Named a Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" in Litigation - Labor and Employment (2022)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2021)
  • Member – MT SHRM Young Professionals Committee
  • Martha O'Bryan Center Ambassador – NextUp
  • Coordinator/Moderator – "Effective Closing Arguments," ABA Section of Litigation Trial Practice Committee and Trial Evidence Committee (June 2021)
  • "How to Manage ADA- and FMLA-Related Leave," National Business Institute (April 2021)
  • "Using Handbooks to Protect Against Legal Liabilities: With Example Policies," National Business Institute (November 2020)
  • "Hiring and Firing: Legal Do's and Don'ts for Crucial HR Functions," National Business Institute (November 2020)
  • "Human Resource Law Boot Camp," National Business Institute (November 2018)
  • "Application of the FMLA Beyond the 50/75 Rule," Nashville Bar Association Employment Law Institute (October 2018)
  • "Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now," National Business Institute (November 2017)
  • "Human Resource Law from A to Z," National Business Institute (November 2016)


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2010
    • Note and Comment Editor – Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal
  • Saint Anselm College, B.A., 2006


  • Tennessee, 2014
  • Connecticut, 2010
  • California, 2020
  • Federal District of Connecticut, 2011
  • Federal Middle District of Tennessee, 2015

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