Steven H. Trent - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Steven H. Trent

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 423-928-0181

Steven H. Trent is a shareholder in the Johnson City/Tri-Cities office and sits on the Firm's Board of Directors.  He is the former chair of the Labor & Employment Department, and focuses his practice on labor and employment law.  Mr. Trent represents employers before the NLRB and other state and federal agencies and advises employers on many topics including union avoidance, FMLA administration, reductions in force, wage and hour issues, employee handbooks, drug testing and employment contracts.  Mr. Trent also represents the interests of management during the collective bargaining process.  His multi-state practice includes defending claims under the Americans With Disabilities Act, Title VII claims, age discrimination claims, Fair Labor Standards Act claims, whistleblower claims, Equal Pay Act claims, FMLA claims, breach of contract claims and retaliation claims of virtually every kind.

Mr. Trent has conducted numerous speaking engagements and client training programs, including annual Labor and Employment Seminars in both Tennessee and Virginia and Management and Supervisor Training regarding labor and employment issues.  These issues include discrimination and harassment, leave issues, union awareness, wage and hour, employee discipline and documentation, retaliation, difficult terminations, employee handbooks, FMLA and effective performance evaluations.


·         Tennessee, 1993

·         Virginia, 1994

Lipscomb UniversityBA 1990Vanderbilt University School of LawJ.D. 1993
Tennessee, Virginia, American and Washington County Bar Associations

Case History

Recent Representative Matters
  • Obtained a defense verdict in Federal Court for a manufacturing company on Plaintiff's FLSA claim of over $300,000.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial for a retail chain in a sex discrimination lawsuit.
  • Obtained dismissal of a $10.5 million action against a piano string manufacturer that included purported causes of action under the Tennessee Public Protection Act and common law prohibition against retaliatory discharge and outrageous conduct.
  • Obtained summary judgment for DOE contractor on all of Plaintiff's claims, including Title VII and THRA sex and age-based discrimination claims, as well as a whistleblower claim asserted pursuant to the Tennessee Public Protection Act.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a battery manufacturer with respect to Plaintiff's allegations of discriminatory (race) failure to hire in violation of Title VII.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a water heater manufacturer on Plaintiff's retaliatory discharge claim related to Plaintiff's workers' compensation injury.

Office Location

100 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 200
Johnson City, TN 37604
United States

Practice Areas

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