Betsy J. Beck

Betsy J. Beck

Managing Partner
Knoxville, Tennessee

Betsy J. Beck is an experienced litigator and focuses her practice on Employment and Labor law.  She takes a proactive approach to employment issues, from policy drafting and training to daily advice on handling complaints and litigation, and strives to answer time-sensitive employment related questions as quickly as possible.

She advises and represents employers on a broad range of employment and labor law matters arising under state and federal law.  Her clients are from a wide range of industries, from quick-serve restaurants to non-profit organizations. 

Ms. Beck has developed, maintained and revised affirmative action plans for several large employers in East Tennessee.  

She represents and advises employer on matters involving:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Wage and hour regulations and audits
  • Employee medical leave issues
  • Employee handbooks
  • Substance abuse policies

She also frequently develops and presents on-site training programs to her clients on various topics, including:

  • Harassment
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Litigation avoidance
  • Employee disabilities and medical leaves
  • Hiring and Employee Management

Areas of Practice

  • Employment and Labor Law

Bar Admissions

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


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. cum laude - 2003
    • Law Review: Member Tennessee Law Review Student, Materials Editor
  • University of Tennessee
    • B.S. cum laude - 2000
    • Major: Business Administration


  • Accommodating the Big 3: Disability, Pregnancy & Religion, and Managing Leave Under Each, 2015
  • Blurred Lines: Off Duty Misconduct, 2014
  • Retaliation: Managing Employers' #1 Risk (and Jurors' Favorite Claims), 2013
  • Reasonable Accommodation: The New ADA Focus, 2012
  • Workplace Investigations: Getting it Right, 2011
  • Promises, Promises: Statements that Come Back to Bite You - Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville, 2010
  • FMLA, ADA and Paid Leave Update - Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville, 2009
  • Advanced Employment Law: Working Through Common Problems - FMLA - National Business Institute, Knoxville, 2009
  • Advanced Employment Law: Working Through Common Problems - FLSA - National Business Institute, Knoxville, 2009
  • Family and Medical Leave: Statutory Amendments and Looming Regulatory Changes - Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville, 2008
  • Separation Agreements - Kramer Rayson LLP Employment Law Seminar, Knoxville, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • City View - Top Attorney Award for Labor & Employment
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2018

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Hamilton Burnett Chapter, Member
  • Member of the Junior League of Knoxville