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Emma J. Redden

Associate

As a member of the Labor & Employment Group, Emma Redden represents companies before state and federal courts, the EEOC, and the DOL, helping to defend clients against allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and other claims and charges. 

Featured Experience


Obtained early dismissal on an employment discrimination lawsuit in federal court with a Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim.

Obtained dismissal with prejudice on an employment lawsuit based on a Motion for Sanctions for Spoliation of Evidence in Tennessee state court.

Obtained partial dismissal of counter-claims on an eminent domain legal question in Tennessee state court.

Professional Biography


In addition to her employment litigation practice, Emma Redden helps advise companies about issues related to employee disability and medical leave, termination of employment and employee discipline, and company policies and procedures. Ms. Redden frequently revises employee handbooks and prepares required employee documentation.

Higher Education and Title IX Compliance

Ms. Redden is also a member of the Firm's Higher Education Group, assisting educational institutions with Title IX compliance, including drafting Title IX policies and procedures, and training Title IX staff. She also has experience in conducting investigations of claims of sexual misconduct involving students and faculty/staff.

Eminent Domain

Ms. Redden has also represented municipalities and governmental agencies in eminent domain negotiations and litigation concerning the taking of private property for various public projects.

Title III ADA Public Accommodation

Ms. Redden represents companies in defending against claims under, and otherwise ensuring compliance with, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act for both physical places of public accommodation and website accessibility.

Speaking and Training

Ms. Redden is a frequent speaker and author about various employment and Title IX topics. She provides on-site employee training on topics such as sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other employment issues in the workplace, in addition to training in Title IX compliance and policy implementation.

  • Obtained early dismissal on an employment discrimination lawsuit in federal court with a Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim.

  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice on an employment lawsuit based on a Motion for Sanctions for Spoliation of Evidence in Tennessee state court.

  • Obtained partial dismissal of counter-claims on an eminent domain legal question in Tennessee state court.

  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court in Memphis, Tennessee, for a medical device company in an age discrimination case.

  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court in Arkansas on a race, color, and national origin discrimination and retaliation case.

  • Obtained summary judgment in an ERISA case in federal court in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Board Member – Federal Bar Association, Memphis Chapter (2017 – present)
  • Named a Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" in Labor and Employment Law – Management (2021 – 2023)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in Employment Litigation Defense (2017 – 2022)
  • Student Member – Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court (2010 – 2011)
  • Associate Member – Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court (2016 – present)
  • Student Research Assistant to Professor Ralph Brashier at University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (2012 – 2013 academic year)
  • Intern for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (summer 2012)
  • "The Impact of COVID on Employers: What are the Legal Requirements and Best Practices for Compliance?," Tennessee Society of CPAs, Memphis Chapter (March 2022)
  • "Migraine Mondays, Dementia, and the Legalization of Marijuana: Complicated Reasonable Accommodation Requests in the Workplace," MGMA Monthly Meeting (June 2020)
  • "Migraine Mondays and Animal Accommodations: Recent Reasonable Accommodation Issues" (December 2019)
  • "Weed in the Workplace, Animal Accommodations, 'Migraine Mondays': Recent Workplace Accommodation Issues," West Tennessee Society for Healthcare HR Administration (August 2019)
  • "Employment Law Developments to Watch in 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead" (January 2019)
  • Co-presenter – "Are You and Your Employees Ready to Handle ADA Issues?," Sixth Annual Hospitality & Tourism Law Symposium (July 2017)
  • "Recent Developments in LGBTQ Law and Effect on Employers," Tennessee SHRM Annual Meeting (September 2016)
  • "Understanding Mississippi's New 'Religious Freedom' Bill," Baker Donelson L&E seminar, Southaven, Mississippi (June 2016)
  • SHRM Employment Law Mock Trial (November 2015)

Education

  • University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, J.D., 2014, summa cum laude
    • Managing Editor and Member – University of Memphis Law Review
    • Runner-Up, Best Note Award – University of Memphis Law Review
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards – Contracts I, Constitutional Law, Business Organizations, Professional Responsibility, International Business Transactions, Legislation, Sales
    • Dean's Award for Excellence – Best Brief, 2012
    • Dean's Distinguished Pro Bono Award, 2012 – 2013
    • Vice President – International Law Society, 2012 – 2013
  • Rhodes College, B.A. in International Studies and Political Science, 2010

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2014
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2021
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2021

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