Phillips, Edward G.

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Address: 800 S. Gay St. Ste. 2500, Knoxville, TN 37929
Lawyer Firm: Kramer Rayson LLP
Phone: 865-525-5134
Fax: 865-522-5723

Areas of PracticeLitigation Avoidance/Prospective Advice, Employment Law Cases, Constitutional Issues, Civil Service Rights, Administrative Proceedings

Edward G. Phillips has a wealth of knowledge and trial experience in his practice areas of Litigation and Employment and Labor and heads the Employment and Labor group. Mr. Phillips has over 38 years of experience representing management in all areas of employment and labor law. He is a forceful, effective litigator. Mr. Phillips has been described by Chambers and Partners USA as, "one of the most talented lawyers in the state with a varied practice of litigation avoidance and successful litigation." Employment law is his passion, and he gives his clients prompt and lawful prospective advice (i.e., how to deal with problem employees and structure policies).

For his Employment and Labor law practice, the prestigious peer-review publication, Best Lawyers in America, selected Mr. Phillips for inclusion to its list each and every year since 1995, and also selected him as Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law – Management, Knoxville for 2016. Mid-South Super Lawyers, another highly respected publication which uses a multi-phased selection process, including independent research and peer nominations and evaluations, selected him to its list for the years 2004-2017 for his Employment Litigation Defense.

Edward G. Phillips Decisions, Articles and Presentations

Mr. Phillips focuses his practice on:

Litigation avoidance/prospective adviceLitigation in all types of employment law cases in state and federal courtsRepresentation of local government and public utilities with unique constitutional issues and civil service rights

He also represents his clients in administrative proceedings before the following:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)United States Department of Labor (including the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs)National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC)Tennessee Department of Labor

Mr. Phillips has also been instrumental in developing training programs in many areas of employment relations. He has presented the Knoxville Bar Association’s Annual Employment Law Update for over two decades.

Representative Matters

Mr. Phillips was lead counsel on a defense team that successfully defended a putative class action with 17 named plaintiffs who were alleging race discrimination in termination, racial harassment, racial failure to promote or transfer, and retaliation for complaining about race discrimination. All 17 plaintiffs’ claims were either dismissed on summary judgment or were voluntarily dismissed with prejudice in exchange for waiver of court costs after summary judgment was filed.

In another instance, Mr. Phillips was also lead counsel in defense of a putative class action involving over 300 putative members alleging race discrimination in failure to hire. The motion to certify the class was denied. One named plaintiff was dismissed on summary judgment, and the second plaintiff’s case was tried to a jury and resulted in a defense verdict.

Mr. Phillips has defended a number of FLSA collective actions involving pre-shift and post-shift activities, with the number of opt-in plaintiffs ranging from 50 to 350. He is currently defending six such lawsuits.

Mr. Phillips has defended a municipality in a Fair Labor Standards Act case involving over 70 firefighter plaintiffs. He is currently lead counsel in a 330 plaintiff collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act involving pre-shift and post-shift activities.

He has recently reported Sixth Circuit affirmations of summary judgment in age discrimination and race discrimination and retaliation, USERRA retaliation, racial harassment, and age, gender and race discrimination claims involving reductions in force.

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