Fred Bissinger concentrates his legal practice on the representation of employers in workplace law disputes. 

Fred's practice focuses on coaching, counseling, and advising clients on difficult employee issues, especially those involving complicated disability scenarios, including mental health and addiction issues, as well as a broad spectrum of problematic behavioral issues, terminations, reductions-in-force, and job elimination scenarios. He regularly trains management teams on a variety of employment law topics and advises on policy development and implementation. Fred routinely handles employment discrimination and wrongful discharge matters at both the administrative level and in federal and state court litigation, and conducts complex investigations directly for clients and as a neutral third-party.  Fred also assists clients with labor related issues, including navigating grievances and CBA compliance issues.
Prior to entering private practice, Fred served in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General Corps from 1993-1997. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1994 to 1996.

Honors & Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer-Review Rated 
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law/Management and Litigation/Labor & Employment
  • "2020 Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers in America, Litigation/Labor & Employment, Nashville. 
  • Tennessee SHRM Human Resource Management Excellence Award, 2018
  • Upon being retained after the EEOC issued a Letter of Determination in two separate matters, Fred navigated both cause findings to successful resolution during the conciliation process.
  • Effectively lead several clients through the complicated processes and issues resulting from multiple employee industrial death scenarios.
  • Assisted a client in investigating an employee embezzlement scenario, prepared a comprehensive investigation for criminal prosecution, as well as a civil lawsuit, resulting in the recovery of several hundred thousand dollars and a felony conviction for the offending employee.
  • Helped multiple clients investigate and resolve complicated and potentially problematic harassment scenarios.
  • Obtained summary judgment on reduction in force discrimination lawsuit.
  • Seton Hall University School of Law
    J.D., 1992
  • Washington and Lee University
    B.A., cum laude, 1987
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management, Legislative Chair (2017-2023) (seventh consecutive term)
  • Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management, 2015-2016 Diversity and Inclusion Director
  • Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management, 2012-2013 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair  
  • Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management, 2010-2011 Legislative Chair and 2012-2013 Legal Advisor
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey