Steven E. Kramer

Steven E. Kramer

Knoxville, Tennessee
Martindale Hubbell

Steve has over 34 years of experience working with a broad cross-section of industries and management teams in his practice areas of Employment and Labor, Corporate and Transactional and Sports Law. He provides sound and practical legal advice to his clients and proactively interacts with management teams in some of the most critical aspects of their businesses. He has provided numerous management training and civic group presentations on employment and sports law issues. He also serves as a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kramer served as Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel for Asahi Glass North America from 1990-2002. In addition to his responsibilities over HR and Legal, Mr. Kramer managed the Quality (ISO/TS16949) programs at AGC Glass N.A. He was in private practice for 10 years before joining AGC.

Mr. Kramer's experience within the Employment and Labor practice includes:

  • Managing over 50 successful labor campaigns for employers in manufacturing, health care, trucking, construction and dairy; defeating union campaigns by the UAW, Steelworkers, Teamsters, Machinists, etc.
  • Successfully negotiated over 100 labor contracts in the above industries, saving clients millions of dollars in achieving operational flexibility and efficiency
  • Compensation re-structuring, health care savings, and pension revisions in difficult business environments
  • Managed successful decertification campaigns in the above industries
  • Tried over 100 Labor Arbitration cases and NLRB Hearings
  • Represented employers in nearly every type of discrimination claim under state and federal law
  • Non-compete cases for businesses and individuals
  • Successfully guided numerous employers through complex Reductions in Force and corporate reorganizations

Mr. Kramer has also counseled many businesses through a wide range of general corporate legal issues related to acquisitions, reorganizations, mergers, joint ventures, strategic planning and executive restructuring.


Areas of Practice

  • Employment and Labor
  • Corporate and Transactional
  • Sports Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1982


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D.
  • University of Southwestern Louisiana
    • M.B.A.
    • Major: Finance
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
    • B.A.

Published Works

  • "The NLRB Has Taken a Sharp Left", Kramer Rayson LLP e-Newsletter - Labor and Employment Journal


  • Annual Labor Law Updates
  • Current Sports Law Issues Meet Traditional Labor and Employment Law: addressing NFL contract talks and the employment contracts of collegiate coaches
  • Employment Law 101 - For Management Teams and Supervisors
  • Maintaining a Positive Pro-Employee Workplace - For Non-Union and Union Employers

Honors and Awards

  • Identified as Leading Employment Lawyer in Tennessee by Chambers USA, The Client's Guide, Since 2006
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2018
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management 2018
  • Received Boys Club of America "Man and Boy Award"
  • Selected for inclusion to the Mid-South Super Lawyers 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Kingsport Economic Development Board, Past Chairman, 1995 - 2005
  • First Tennessee Bank, Regional Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

  • Hunter, Smith & Davis, Partner
  • Baker Worthington, Partner
  • Asahi Glass North America, Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel

Civic/Community Involvement

  • Kingsport Boys and Girls Club Foundation, Board of Directors,
  • Northeast State Technical Community College Foundation, Board of Directors,