Russell W. Gray - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Russell W. Gray

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 423-209-4218

Russell W. Gray is the managing shareholder in the Chattanooga office and he serves on Baker Donelson's Board of Directors. Mr. Gray concentrates his practice in litigation and labor and employment issues. His practice includes representation of local, regional and national clients on a full range of labor and employment matters, including wage and hour, drug testing, policy manuals, covenants not to compete, response to union activity, various employment forms, compliance advice and employment litigation. Mr. Gray also has more than 15 years of experience in commercial and business litigation, including litigation involving contractual matters, trade secrets, stock valuation and real property. He has litigated matters before courts or government agencies in approximately 20 states.

University of TennesseeBA 1988American University, Washington College of LawJ.D. 1993
University of Tennessee (1988)Student Government Association, University of Tennessee (1987 – 1988) American University Law Review (1992 – 1993) Chattanooga Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tennessee, American and Federal Bar Associations

Case History

Representative Matters
  • Defended a major meat processor in a wage and hour collective action through trial and obtained a partial jury verdict in favor of the defendant.
  • Obtained settlements and court approvals for at least five wage and hour collective actions involving hundreds of employees and multiple facilities.
  • Successfully represented large manufacturers in defeating union organization attempts.
  • Obtained complete defense verdict in an age discrimination jury trial involving a manager at a long-term care facility.
  • Obtained partial jury verdict in favor of a company in a six-week jury trial including alleged misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Represented numerous companies in responding to investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other state and federal government agencies.
  • Obtained summary judgment and complete dismissals for defendants in multiple discrimination cases, including age discrimination, race discrimination and reprisal discrimination.
  • Obtained favorable rulings for companies in injunction hearings pertaining to noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality issues.
  • Assisted multi-state companies develop and implement various employment policies for their locations in various states.

Office Location

1900 Republic Centre
633 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37450
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment