Russell Jackson represents management in employment-related matters on federal, state, and local levels.

Russell's representation includes claims relating to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, restrictive covenants, wage and hour violations, unemployment compensation, and other aspects of the employee-employer relationship under federal and state employment laws including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, NLRA and the OSH Act.

Russell also closely works with employers to ensure compliance with complex laws governing the employment relationship. Russell is known for his extreme responsiveness, aggressive strategy and creative problem-solving techniques when defending clients in lawsuits and in assisting clients resolve day-to-day employment issues.

Russell has successfully defended clients in federal and state courts against claims of race discrimination, race harassment, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, age discrimination, national origin discrimination, retaliation as well as various state law claims.

Providing a national presence for his clients, Russell has defended lawsuits in a number of jurisdictions, including the Western and Middle Districts of Tennessee, the Northern District of Mississippi, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama, the Northern District of Georgia, the Western District of Michigan, the Western District of Missouri, the Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina, the Eastern District of Texas and the District of Maryland. Russell has also successfully handled appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.

Russell has served on the board of nonprofits in Memphis, and is currently serving as the Past President of a 501(c)(3) organization.

Representative Experience
  • Successfully tried a federal jury trial in the Western District of Tennessee for a large financial services company in an age discrimination failure to hire lawsuit. The jury returned a verdict for the employer.
  • Served as co-counsel in a federal bench trial in the Eastern District of Arkansas for a national agricultural retail supplier in a race discrimination lawsuit. Judgment was entered for the employer.
  • Successfully defended a retail client in arbitration before the AAA in a suit alleging reverse race discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress and violations of the Tennessee Public Protection Act. The arbitrator found in favor of the employer.
  • Successfully argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals in a lawsuit alleging wrongful denial of unemployment benefits.
  • Served as lead counsel in a Department of Labor audit into Fair Labor Standards Act compliance for a national packaging and distribution client.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement in an FLSA collective action in the Western District of Tennessee for a national healthcare client.
  • Received a dismissal for a national insurance client in an ERISA action in the Western District of Tennessee alleging wrongful denial of benefits.
  • Obtained dismissals, including summary judgment, in countless lawsuits alleging claims under virtually every federal employment statute and Tennessee state employment law claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment on an age discrimination claim and state law claim under public policy retaliation in a very contentious matter for a manufacturing client.
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment (2021)
  • "Mid-South Rising Stars," Super Lawyers Magazine