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Focused Excellence in Employment & Education Law

For more than forty years, our attorneys have brought experience to bear in several practice areas. This sustained focus enables us to offer not just effective legal services but practical solutions that work and help your organization excel.


Employment Law

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Education Law

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Without question, the area of Employment Law is one of, if not the most dynamic in our nation's legal system.  The explosion of statutes, regulations, and common law theories applicable to an employment setting requires proper development of policies and critical documents, proactive management training, thorough and effective investigations and audits, and, if necessary, litigation waged aggressively from beginning to end.  With four decades of experience, our firm has represented employers nationwide in proceedings involving virtually every issue that can arise in this broad area of legal practice.

For over forty years, this firm has served as general or special counsel to school districts across the State of Tennessee.  Attorneys with extensive experience in school law issues provide advice and legal representation in myriad areas of law affecting educators and local education agencies.



Our firm was formed in 1979, with the primary focus being the representation of management in the labor and employment law area. Over the years, the scope of the firm’s practice broadened to match the larger needs of a diverse and expanding client base. Today, we are a nationally known boutique law firm serving employer and institutional interests in employment, labor relations, education, and construction law.  From offices in centrally located Memphis, Tennessee, our firm has represented both public and private sector clients across the country.

With knowledge and experience gained across three decades, our view of our role in the client relationship has remained simple.  Our business is to help our clients stay focused on their business.  We do this by partnering with our clients to find the most efficient and effective solutions to the legal issues confronting them, thereby keeping their resources and energies directed at what matters most.  This means placing a high priority on preventative approaches that are creative and practical.  But sometimes it may also mean litigation pursued aggressively from beginning to end.

The firm has earned the highest AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.  Members of our firm have authored leading texts and significant articles in well-known publications on subjects within the firm’s practice areas, and are listed in the Best Lawyers in America directory.

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Gordon E. Jackson



James L. Holt, Jr.



Stephen L. Shields



Debra D. Owen



Ted M. Yeiser, Jr.



J. Russ Bryant


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Jackson Shields Yeiser Holt Owen & Bryant


262 German Oak Drive, Memphis, TN 38018

Tel:  901-754-8001


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