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Savannah Dabney McCabe


As a member of the Advocacy Group, Savannah Dabney McCabe concentrates her practice in a variety of commercial and business litigation matters.

Professional Biography

Ms. McCabe assists clients with management-side employment questions and disputes, as well as general business-related litigation matters. She advises and represents companies before state and federal courts on complex issues related to construction, contracts, fraud, torts and compliance with state and federal law. Ms. McCabe also represents clients on employment issues before the EEOC and judicial tribunals, defending them against allegations of discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and other charges, and advises them on employment matters such as discipline, leave issues, and compliance with state and federal law.

  • Assisted in successfully moving to compel arbitration for employer defending against Title VII claims where motion was opposed.

  • Secured a summary judgment for a large international client, dismissing discrimination and retaliation claims brought under Title VII and the ADA.

  • Secured a summary judgment for a large international client, dismissing contract-based unpaid compensation claims, and wage and hour claims.

  • Secured a dismissal for failure to state a claim of ADA claims for a large national client on substantive issue of first impression.

  • Secured a dismissal for failure to state a claim of ADEA claims for a large regional hospital.

  • Assisted in crafting argument of first impression in Tennessee, and argued issue on behalf of large national client.

  • Drafted Employee Handbook for mid-size company and advised company as to compliance with federal employment laws such as Title VII, FLSA, and the ADA.

  • Developed employment policies that comply with all United States jurisdictions for large international and regional clients in areas such as paid sick leave, paid time off, leaves of absence, and permissible hiring criteria.

  • Secured a temporary restraining order against a former employee of a large regional client based on anti-competitive concerns, along with return of proprietary information retained by employee.

  • Successfully argued for six-figure default judgment against large regional hospital.

  • Selected to the Knox News and "40 Under 40" Class of 2021
  • Member – Knoxville Bar Association
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson Knoxville Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2020)
  • Volunteer – University of Tennessee College of Law Homeless Pro Bono Project


  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2018, magna cum laude
    • Executive Editor, Tennessee Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Advanced Business Associations, Evidence, Advanced Constitutional Law
  • The University of Tennessee, B.A., 2015, magna cum laude
    • Chancellor's Honors Program


  • Tennessee, 2018
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 2019
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado, 2021
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2021

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