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Brandon L. Morrow
Brandon L. Morrow
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Brandon is an employment lawyer representing clients from Memphis to Mountain City, and across the nation. He advises clients in the boardroom, and he represents them in the courtroom. Half of his practice is devoted to serving as an outside general counsel for large and small businesses, colleges and universities, and religious institutions, advising them on human resource policies, employment laws, and litigation avoidance. The other half of his practice is spent litigating employment-related issues, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, non-compete, and trade secret claims.

Brandon co-authors an employment law column, The Law at Work, in the Tennessee Bar Journal. This column has been cited by federal and state courts on the topic of employment law. See Sadler v. Tyson Foods, Inc. (W.D. Tenn. May 27, 2022); Hardy v. TPC Southwind (Tenn. Ct. App. July 2, 2015).

He is a 2019 graduate of the National Advocacy Training Program (Washington, D.C.) sponsored by the American Inns of Court. He has been elected by Mid-South Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" every year since 2016. In 2022, he was selected by his peers as a Top Attorney in the fields of: appellate practice, civil litigation, constitutional law, civil rights, federal court practice, and labor and employment law.

Outside of employment law, Brandon has worked with his clients on a number of other notable matters:

• Negotiated lease of minor league baseball park between client and the Cincinnati Reds organization.
• Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit against one of Knoxville's oldest churches on First Amendment grounds.
• Part of team that obtained dismissal of $500,000 defamation lawsuit against client, a local attorney.
• Part of team that successfully represented local community organization in highly-publicized zoning dispute.

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, are the parents to two children, Bonds and Olivia.

Areas Of Practice

  • Labor and employment matters
  • Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth 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

  • Along with Edward G. Phillips, Brandon has co-authored a quarterly column, The Law at Work, in the Tennessee Bar Journal since 2013.

Representative Cases

  • Salem Pointe Capital v. BEP Rarity Bay, LLC, 854 Fed. Appx. 688 (6th Cir. 2021) Attorneys Thomas M. Hale and Brandon L. Morrow convinced the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to affirm the dismissal of claims against their client in this procedurally-nuanced case. Brief and argued by Mr. Morrow.
  • Northshore Corridor Ass’n v. Knox County, 633 S.W.3d 561 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2021) Attorneys Thomas M. Hale and Brandon L. Morrow secured an appellate victory, affirming the decision of the trial court that the County had exceeded its jurisdiction in approving a development plan.
  • Young v. Stamey, 2020 WL 1452010 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2020) Attorneys Robert L. Bowman and Brandon L. Morrow secured an appellate victory for their client, a county election commission, in an election challenge lawsuit.
  • Siler et al. v. Scott et al. , 591 S.W.3d 84 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2019) Attorneys Robert L. Bowman and Brandon L. Morrow obtained dismissal of surety company which was affirmed on appeal.
  • 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
  • Tennessee Farmers Mut. Ins. Co. v. Reed, 419 S.W.3d 262 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2013) Attorneys John T. Johnson, Jr. and Brandon L. Morrow obtained dismissal of insurer which was affirmed on appeal. Court held that commercial general liability insurance policy did not provide coverage for claim that insured breached fiduciary duty regarding investment advice concerning promissory notes.

Honors and Awards

  • Ranked by CityView Magazine (2022) as a Top Attorney in appellate practice, civil litigation, constitutional law, civil rights, federal court practice, and labor and employment law.
  • Named “Ones to Watch” by Best Lawyers for 2022 and 2023
  • Selected by Mid-South Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” every year since 2016
  • Awarded the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Campus Leadership and Service (2008)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Inns of Court – Hamilton Burnett Chapter
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Knoxville Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

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

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Chi