Steven E. Kramer - Kramer Rayson LLP

Steven E. Kramer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 865-525-5134

Steven E. Kramer has over 30 years' experience working with a broad cross-section of industries and management teams in his practice areas of Employment and Labor, Corporate and Transactional, and Sports Law.  He provides sound and practical legal advice to his clients and proactively interacts with management teams in some of the most critical aspects of their businesses.  He has also given numerous management training and civic group presentations on employment and sports law issues.

Prior to joining Kramer Rayson, Mr. Kramer served as Vice President of Human Resources  and General Counsel for AGC Glass North America from 1990 to 2002.  In addition to his responsibilities over HR and Legal, Mr. Kramer managed the Quality (ISO/TS16949) programs at AGC Glass N.A. He was in private practice for 10 years before joining AGC.

Mr. Kramer’s experience within the Employment and Labor practice includes:
    ·         Managing over 50 successful labor campaigns for employers in manufacturing, healthcare, trucking, construction, and dairy; defeating union campaigns by the UAW, Steelworkers, Teamsters, Machinists, et al.
 ·         Successfully negotiated over 100 labor contracts in the above industries, saving clients millions of dollars in achieving operational flexibility and efficiency, and over the past several years a substantial part of Mr. Kramer’s practice has been devoted to negotiating wage concessions, increased health care, and frozen pensions in a difficult business environment.  The contracts were negotiated across Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and Canada.
 ·         Managed six successful decertification campaigns in the above industries.
 ·         Tried over 100 Labor Arbitration cases.
 ·         Represented employers in nearly every type of discrimination claim possible under state and federal law.
 ·         Handled more than 25 non-compete cases to enforce client employment contracts ·         Successfully guiding numerous employers through complex Reductions in Force (RIF) cases and corporate reorganizations

Corporate and Transactional practice:
   ·         Mr. Kramer, in both his private law practice and as Vice President of HR and General Counsel for a     $1 billion+ multi-national company (5000 employees), has counseled senior management teams through a wide variety of business strategies, acquisitions, reorganizations, RIFs, and senior management transitions.

Sports Law practice:
  ·         Principal focus is providing counsel to several coaches and athletic directors on employment contract related issues.

Recent Publication

"Noel Canning v. NLRB: Picking Teams During "Recess"
Kramer Rayson LLP e-Newsletter - Labor and Employment Journal, March 2013

"The NLRB Has Taken a Sharp Left"
Kramer Rayson LLP e-Newsletter - Labor and Employment Journal, December 2010

Recent Presentations

Mr. Kramer has conducted management, supervisory, and employee training programs on virtually every aspect of employment law, including EEO/ADA/FMLA, harassment training, union avoidance, and maintaining a high performance, pro-employee work environment.

His most recent program to a bar association was, "Current Sports Law Issues Meet Traditional Labor and Employment Law," addressing NFL contract talks and the employment contracts of collegiate coaches such as Lane Kiffin, Bruce Pearl, Nick Saban, and others.

Miami University, OhioBS 1976University of Louisiana at LafayetteMBA 1979University of Tennessee College of LawJ.D. 1981
First Tennessee BankKingsport Economic Development BoardNortheast State Technical Community CollegeKingsport Boys and Girls Club

Office Location

800 South Gay Street, Suite 2500
P.O. Box 629
Knoxville, TN 37901
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Knoxville Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Knoxville Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Knoxville Metro Area
Steven E. Kramer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Steven E. Kramer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Steven E. Kramer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

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