J. Chadwick Hatmaker

J. Chadwick Hatmaker is a member of the firm whose primary areas of practice include employment and labor law, commercial litigation, and general civil litigation. He represents his clients in proceedings before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, the Department of Labor and TOSHA, as well as in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Mr. Hatmaker is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell in the areas of Labor, Employment and Torts. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Mr. Hatmaker has been "Recommended" in Employment Law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He has been annually selected as a "Top Attorney" in Knoxville in Employment Law since 2008 by Cityview Magazine.  Mr. Hatmaker is recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyer in Employment Law and has held this honor for several years.  Mr. Hatmaker is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America Society.

Mr. Hatmaker represents clients in all types of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, breach of contract, covenant not to compete, and trade secret suits. He also assists his clients by preparing and revising employee and personnel handbooks, employment contracts and restrictive covenants, and advising on all types of personnel matters in an effort to avoid future litigation. He handles a variety of commercial litigation matters. Mr. Hatmaker is recognized as a Rule 31 Mediator by the Supreme Court of Tennessee Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission in the field of General Civil Mediation.

Mr. Hatmaker graduated from The University of Tennessee in 1991 with high honors, with a B.A. in history and attained membership in Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He graduated in the top ten of his class from The University of Tennessee College of Law in 1994 with highest honors and was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Hatmaker is a co-author of the Tennessee Section of Business Torts, A Fifty State Guide. He publishes a blog at tnemploymentlawblog.com that provides practical advice and legal compliance for employers in Tennessee and beyond.

Mr. Hatmaker is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and the Labor and Employment Sections of the Tennessee Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In 2015 Mr. Hatmaker was selected as a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation.


Using BYOD Policies to Avoid Legal Risks. Knoxville Bar Association DICTA (February 2016).

Crisis Communications: What Every Lawyer Should Know. Knoxville Bar Association DICTA (March 2015).

Chad Hatmaker Speaks with WBIR about Social Media Policies and the Law (January 2015)

Employees' Online Privacy Rights Codified. Greater Knoxville Business Journal (November 2014).

Risks Associated with "BYOD" Policies (January 2014).

The Tennessee Lawful Employment Act ("TLEA") (January 2012).

What Employers Can Learn from Penn State (November 2011).

The Impact of Gossett v. Tractor Supply: Is Summary Judgment Still Available in a Discrimination or Wrongful Discharge Case Filed Under Tennessee Law. Woolf Prints (Fall 2010) (p. 1).

There Has Never Been A Better Time to Be A Grandfather: An Overview of What the New Healthcare Law May Mean for Employers. Woolf Prints (Spring 2010) (p. 5).

Do You Know the Rest of the Story? Should You?: Practical and Legal Considerations when Searching the Internet for Information About Job Applicants. LCA Commentary (June 2008).

The Winds of Change: How an Obama White House May Change the Employment and Tax Laws. Woolf Prints (Fall 2008) (p. 1).

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