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John Park

John Park represents national and local employers facing allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge arising under all major federal and state employment laws. He spends time in both our Nashville and Austin offices. John has defended and assisted clients in matters including:

  • Obtaining jury verdicts in single- and multi-plaintiff cases denying claims of discrimination and retaliation
  • Arguing and briefing cases before federal and state courts of appeals and the state supreme court
  • Successfully defending claims against a publicly traded financial institution brought under the whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Class and collective action litigation, including class certification issues, discovery on statistical experts, and the resolution of multi-plaintiff actions.
  • Enforcing, defending, and obtaining injunctive relief in non-compete and trade secret actions on behalf of employers
  • Implementing multi-state reductions in force, conducting wage and hour audits, and preventing and addressing issues arising under the NLRA and Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Helping employers gain and maintain DBE and MBE status under federal, state, and local agency certification programs

John focuses on helping clients reach the business result that they want to achieve, and proactively addressing employee issues to minimize exposure to employment litigation. 

Leadership, Awards and Recognitions

John is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Employment Law Council, the premier organization for experienced management side labor and employment attorneys of color.  John has also been Co-Chair of the Programming Committee for the annual NELC conference since 2017. John is a former Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee of NAPABA.

A frequent speaker and published author on a wide range of labor and employment topics, John has chaired and moderated panels on whistleblower issues and the implementation of effective compliance programs.  He also recently served as a Regional Editor for a national trade-secret/non-compete compendium.

John was awarded the 2013 Best Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), which recognizes "talented Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys under the age of 40 who have achieved prominence in the practice of law while demonstrating an unwavering dedication to the APA community." In 2014, John was also named to the Lawyers of Color "Hot List."

Professional

  • Member, Board of Directors and Programming Co-Chair, National Employment Law Council
  • Member, American Employment Law Council
  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations 
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Former Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Committee, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Former Regional Governor, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Former Co-Chair, Minorities Opportunities Committee, Nashville Bar Association
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Member, Steering Committee for the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Employment Law Section
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Prior Affiliations

  • Associate, King & Ballow, Nashville, Tenn., 2006-2008
  • Law Clerk, Chief Judge Randolph Baxter, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Visiting Judge in the District of Delaware, 2005-2006

Education

  • J.D., University of Notre Dame, 2005
    • Articles Editor - Journal of Legislation
  • M.B.A., magna cum laude, University of Notre Dame, 2002
    • Joyce MBA and University of Notre Dame Provost MBA Fellowships
    • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
  • B.B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, Finance, 1998

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western and Southern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Up Close

John enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with his son Noah and their two dogs, a chocolate lab mix named Zooey and pug named Riley.  John coaches Noah’s youth sports teams and is a devoted fan of all University of Texas and Notre Dame sports.