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Martha L. Boyd


As a shareholder in the Labor & Employment Group at Baker Donelson, Martha Boyd advises nonprofits, for-profits and public companies on all types of employment issues.

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Professional Biography

To start, Martha assists managers in running the company by creating legalese-free employee handbooks and employment policies that employees can actually understand and follow. She also advises businesses on their obligations regarding employee leaves of absence, such as absences under the FMLA and military leave laws. She counsels clients on responding to harassment claims, and investigates those claims when an outside investigator is desirable.

Martha guides managers through discipline and discharge, walking them through the process of ensuring that disciplinary action is supported and can be defended later on if necessary. She trains managers and first-line supervisors in a variety of topics through interactive sessions, including discrimination, harassment, and workplace violence, and provides real-life examples that they can relate to so that the training is meaningful and engaging. She helps business leaders understand employee and independent contractor worker classification and provides advice for wage and hour compliance. She also advises businesses on the use of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements for employees, and how or when those agreements should be leveraged in light of a particular labor pool.

Martha has also performed human resources due diligence in a number of corporate acquisitions. When representing acquiring parties, she reviews all HR policies and practices, identifying potential risk for liability so that the acquiring party can factor that risk into the transaction. Gaining the familiarity required to provide this service necessarily puts Martha in the position of being able to help prepare the new company's policies – whether those policies come from the acquired company, the acquiring company or a combination of both – and ensure they reflect best practices.

A U.S. Army veteran who served in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Martha also has a robust government contracts practice, advising companies that are competing for and executing contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Employment Law - Management, 2014 – 2022; Litigation - ERISA, 2015 – 2022; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2019 – 2022; Commercial Litigation, 2021, 2022
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2022 Nashville Litigation - Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2019 Nashville Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2017 Nashville Litigation - ERISA "Lawyer of the Year"
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2021; listed as among the top 50 female attorneys in the Mid-South, 2014 – 2016, 2019, 2021; listed as among the top 50 attorneys in Nashville, 2015 – 2016; listed as among the top 100 attorneys in Tennessee, 2015 – 2016, 2019
  • Recipient − Nashville Business Journal's "Women of Influence" award, 2016
  • Named to the Nashville Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" List 2014 – 2020
  • Recipient − Nashville Business Journal's inaugural "Veterans Award," 2015
  • Member − Tennessee Bar Association, graduate of Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law class of 2006 
  • Member − Nashville Bar Association
  • Former Barrister, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Board Member − Law 360 Employment Editorial Advisory Board, 2013
  • Member − Human Resources Committee, Park Center, Inc., 2003 − present; Board of Directors, 2014 − present 
  • Member − Human Resources Committee for the YWCA, 2013 − 2015
  • Member − Governor's Council on Service Members, Veterans & Their Families, 2010
  • Board President − Operation Stand Down Tennessee
  • Nashville Downtown Rotary Club



  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1999
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1990


  • Tennessee, 2002
  • Ohio, 1999
  • U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

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