J. Gregory Grisham is a Shareholder with the Memphis, Tennessee office of Jackson Lewis P.C.
Mr. Grisham is a native of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, has over 20 years of experience in the labor and employment field. Mr. Grisham regularly defends employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation wrongful discharge and whistleblower claims. He also advises and defends employers in Wage & Hour matters and lawsuits, unfair labor practice and union representation proceedings before the NLRB. In addition, Mr. Grisham represents employers in the enforcement of post-employment restrictive covenants such as non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements and is well-known in the region for successfully handling housing discrimination claims for business owners under the Fair Housing Act.
He also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, having represented employers in the arbitration of employment and labor related claims throughout the United States.
Mr. Grisham is admitted to practice in Tennessee; the United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits; United States District Courts for Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Tennessee; and the United States District Court for Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.
Mr. Grisham is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and has been selected for inclusion in Mid-South SuperLawyers and in Best Lawyers in America. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a 1997 graduate of Leadership Collierville, where he then served as Secretary for the Board of Trustees from 1997-2000. In addition, he was recently appointed by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey to the Tennessee Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission for a six-year term ending June 30, 2017. He served as President of the Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a Member of the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Further, Mr. Grisham is a Master of the Bench in the Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court, an invitation-only organization designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.
Mr. Grisham received his B.S. from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, his M.B.A. from The University of Mississippi and his J.D. with honors from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at The University of Memphis where he was a Member of The University of Memphis Law Review.
“Nursing assistant's pregnancy bias claim can proceed, federal court rules”, Lexology (January 2014) [Co-Author].
"No Religious Discrimination Without Accommodation Request, Tenth Circuit rules," Lexology (October 2013) [Co-Author]
“Employee's Request for Funeral Leave Can Trigger Religious Accommodation Duty, Federal Appeals Court Rules”, Lexology (August 2013)[Co-Author]
“Supreme Court Holds But-For Causation Standard Applies to Retaliation Claims Under Title VII,” TBA Labor & Employment Newsletter (July 2013) [Author]
“Court rules employee who voluntarily resigned had no FMLA-interference claim”, Lexology (June 2013) [Co-Author]
“Transfer to New Position Triggered Employer FMLA Liability, Court Rules, but Front Pay Too Speculative”, martindale.com (April 2013)[Co-Author]
“Termination Upheld Where Employee’s Facebook Photos Showed She was Dishonest While on FMLA Leave”, martindale.com (March 2013)[Co-Author]
“Sixth Circuit Upholds Firing of Nurse for Patient Charting Error: Rejects Plaintiff's FMLA, Age, Disability, and ERISA Claims”, TBA Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter (February 2013) [Author]
"Using Social Media in Termination Decisions: A New Illustrative FMLA Case from the Sixth Circuit", HR Professionals Magazine (December 2012) [Author]
“No FLSA Violation Where Employers Designate Workweek to Reduce Overtime Pay, Court Rules.” martindale.com (October 2012) [Co-Author]
“Employee Disciplined after Complaint about Workplace Lactation Policy has FLSA Retaliation Claim.” martindale.com (July 2012) [Co-Author]
“Sixth Circuit Reverses “Sole Cause” Standard for ADA Claims, Finally Joining Other Circuits.” martindale.com (June 2012) [Co-Author]
"Religion at Work: Balancing the rights of Employees and Employers" Tennessee Bar Journal Vol. 42, Is. 9 (September 2006) [Author]
"The Unanticipated Consequences of Employment at Will: Proving Damages in Restrictive Covenant Enforcement Cases" Engage Vol. 7, Is. 2 (October 2006) [Co-Author]
"Testing the Waters of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Claims" Engage Vol. 8, Is. 1 (February 2007) [Co-Author]
"Defending Claims Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act" DRI-The Job Description (Spring 2008) [Author]
"Title VII Retaliation Claims after White:The Struggle to Define Materially Adverse Conduct in the Context of the Reasonable Employee Standard" Engage Vol.10, Is. 1 (February 2009) [Author]
"Retaliation Claims and Workplace Investigations: The Implications of Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee" DRI-The Job Description (Spring 2009) [Author]
"The Dark Side of Fare Wars: The Sixth Circuit Takes a Fresh Look at Predatory Pricing Claims Under Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act" Engage Vol. 8, Is. 2 (June 2007) [Author]
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
- Executive Council, Federal Practice Section, Tennessee Bar Association
- Member Labor & Employment Section, Tennessee Bar Association
- Co-Chair, Memphis Lawyers’ Chapter, The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies
- Executive Committee, Labor & Employment Practice Group, The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies
- Board of Directors, Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
- Member, Tennessee Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission 2011-2017