Brandon L. Morrow

Brandon L. Morrow

Associate
Location:
Knoxville, Tennessee
Phone:
865-525-5134
Fax:
865-522-5723
Email:
Committed to thoughtfully and effectively representing his clients, Brandon Morrow handles all types of employment and civil rights matters.  While he seeks to craft creative solutions to resolve disputes, he realizes that some situations require zealous representation in front of judges and juries. He has been elected by Mid-South Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" (2016 - 2019) and ranked by CityView Magazine as a Top Attorney in Business Litigation, Constitutional Law/Civil Rights, and Labor & Employment Law (2019).
 
He has litigated trade secret and non-compete issues, and defended employers before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies against a variety of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. For many clients, he acts as an advisor, crafting policies and solutions to avoid costly litigation.  Brandon also works closely with partners in the Firm’s traditional labor practice group on labor regulations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.
 
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.

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

Published Works

  • “New Statute: Anti-Bullying Policy Creates Immunity for Workplace Emotional Distress Claims”, Tennessee Bar Journal, June 2019, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow
  • “The Public Employee Political Freedom Act”, Tennessee Bar Journal, February 2019, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow
  • “A Gentle Reminder on TRHA Claims: No Right to a Jury Trial in a Circuit Court”, Tennessee Bar Journal October 2018, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow
  • “Title VII in Transition”, Tennessee Bar Journal, June 2018, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow
  • “The Faragher-Ellerth Framework in the #METOO Era”, Tennessee Bar Journal, February 2018, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow
  • "Public Chapter 467: Public Employers and the Battle Over Gun Rights", Tennessee Bar Journal, October 2017, by Edward G Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow
  • "Tipped Off: No Private Right of Action Under Tennessee Tip Statute", Tennessee Bar Journal, June 2017, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow
  • "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, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow
  • "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
  • "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, February 2013, by Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow

Representative Cases

  • McKinney v. G4S Government Solutions, 711 Fed. Appx. 130 (4th Cir. Oct. 19, 2017) Attorneys Edward G. Phillips and Brandon L. Morrow secured an appellate victory, affirming summary judgment on claims for hostile work environment, retaliation, and emotional distress

Honors and Awards

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tennessee Valley Human Resource Association, Executive Committee
  • 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