Brandon L. Morrow

Brandon L. Morrow

Associate
Location:
Knoxville, Tennessee
Phone:
865-525-5134
Fax:
865-522-5723
Email:

Brandon Morrow engages in a broad civil litigation practice, with a strong emphasis on labor and employment matters. He has experience crafting creative solutions to resolve disputes, but realizes that some situations require zealous representation in front of judges and juries.

Brandon regularly handles trade secret and non-compete issues, and regularly defends employers before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies against a variety of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. He regularly drafts and reviews employment agreements, employee handbooks, and employment policies.

Outside of labor and employment law, Brandon has significant experience representing religious institutions in a variety of Constitutional and civil rights claims. He has also served as appellate counsel in a number of matters, ranging from insurance coverage disputes to federal civil rights claims.

Brandon is a regular speaker at human resources conferences and employment law seminars and co-authors an employment law column, The Law at Work, in the Tennessee Bar Journal.

A former legislative aide to a four-term U.S. Senator, he holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Tennessee and a juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law.  He and his wife, Jenny, make their home in the Rocky Hill area of Knoxville.

 

Published Articles

"Blowing the Whistle on Yourself: When Protected Activity Provides a Legitimate, Non-Discriminatory Reason for Termination", Tennessee Bar Journal, February 2017, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

"Subjective Beliefs: Sufficient to Establish Pretext?", Tennessee Bar Journal, October 2016, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

"O, That Mine Enemy Would Record Me with Her Smart Phone", Tennessee Bar Journal, June 2016, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

"Badges and Blown Whistles:  Recent Retaliatory Discharge Actions in Tennessee", Tennessee Bar Journal, February 2016

"Yardley v Hospital Housekeeping Systems LLC: A Win for the Employment-at-Will Doctrine", Tennessee Bar Journal, October 2015, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

"Sixth Circuit En Banc: Regular On-Site Job Attendance Remains an Essential Function", Tennessee Bar Journal, June 2015, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

"Wage and Hour Issues in the High Court: Mandatory But not Compensable", Tennessee Bar Journal, February 2015, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

"General Assembly Passes a Host of Employment Law Amendments", Tennessee Bar Journal, October, 2014, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

"Federal Agencies Required to 'Pay Up' for Frivolous Labor and Employment Enforcement", Tennessee Bar Journal,June 2014, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

"The Evolution of Abadeer: The General Assembly's Clarification of the Wage Regulation Act", Tennessee Bar Journal, Feb. 2014, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

"Size Matters for Employers Under Health Care Law", Knoxville Business Journal, Feb. 2014, by Brandon L. Morrow

"Retaliation Claims:  More Difficult Standards UnderNassar and Ferguson", Tennessee Bar Journal, Oct. 2013, by Edward G. Phillips  and Brandon L. Morrow

"Guns in Trunks:  An Erosion of Tennessee's Employment-At-Will Rule?", Tennessee Bar Journal, June 2013 by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

"Variation in State and Federal Pleading Standards:  Webb and Veasy", Tennessee Bar Journal, Feb. 2013, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

Recent Presentations

Avoiding Retaliation Claims, Tennessee Emergency Numbers Association Conference (October 2015)

Work Arrangements that Actually Work, Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Conference (October 2015)

Think Before You Hire:  Keeping the Hiring Process Legal, Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Conference (October 2014)

Employee Screening and Hiring, Tennessee Emergency Numbers Association Conference (September 2014)

Employee Misclassification:  The Dangers of Independent Contractors, Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Conference (October 2013)

Recent Graduate Panel for Entering Class, University of Tennessee College of Law (August 2013) 

Representative Cases

Miller v Moretz, E2013-01893-COA-R3-CV, 2014 Tenn. App. LEXIS 396 (Tenn. Ct. App. July 7, 2014) - Attorneys John T. John, Jr. (trial and appeal) and Brandon L. Morrow (appeal) successfully represented their client in an automobile negligence action, and secured a favorable result on several evidentiary issues upon appeal.

Chill v Tenn. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co., No. E2012-01675-COA-R#-CV, 2013 Tenn. App. LEXIS 493 (Tenn. Ct. App. July 31, 2013) - Attorneys John T. John, Jr. and Brandon L. Morrow successfully represented their client in an insurance coverage dispute.

Tenn. Farmers Mut. Ins. Co. v. Reed, 429 S.W. 3d 262 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2013) - Attorneys John T. Johnson, Jr. and Brandon L. Morrow successfully represented their client against investment loss claims under a commercial general liability policy.

Of Note

  • Judicial Intern, Hon. J. Steven Stafford (Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section)
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and employment matters
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: National Trial Team
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
    • Honors: Received Academic Excellence Awards in Trial Practice, Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, and Contract Drafting
  • University of Tennessee
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Major: Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • Avoiding Retaliation Claims, Tennessee Emergency Numbers Association Conference (October 2015)
  • Work Arrangements that Actually Work, Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Conference (October 2015)
  • Think Before You Hire: Keeping the Hiring Process Legal, Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Conference (October 2014)
  • Employee Screening and Hiring, Tennessee Emergency Numbers Association Conference (September 2014)
  • Employee Misclassification: The Dangers of Independent Contractors, Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Conference (October 2013)
  • Recent Graduate Panel for Entering Class, University of Tennessee College of Law (August 2013)

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded the Chancellor's Citation for Extraordinary Campus Leadership and Service

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Council
  • American Inns of Court - Hamilton Burnett Chapter

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. J. Steven Stafford (Tennessee Court of Appeals, Western Section), Judicial Intern

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Chi