M. Kim Vance

Baker Donelson
211 Commerce Street, Suite 800
Nashville, TN 37201

Kim Vance is a shareholder in the Labor and Employment Group at Baker Donelson's Nashville office.  She has nearly twenty years of experience representing management in every aspect of labor and employment law.  "Kim is unique. She has the mind of a business owner and the intellect of a great lawyer. This combination has benefited our company in very meaningful ways," said Joe Scarlett, Retired Chairman and former CEO at Tractor Supply Company, where Ms. Vance served as General Counsel from 2003 until recently.

In addition to defending companies in employment litigation, Ms. Vance’s practice focuses upon:  

Presenting in-house management training programs to reduce employment related legal risks for companies across the nation;

Counseling management clients through auditing human resources policies and practices to reduce legal risks; and,

Developing pre-litigation strategies to improve available defenses in preparation for litigation.

She has represented management clients in State and Federal Courts and in defense of administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, State Human Rights Commissions, State Unemployment Commissions, Arbitrators, the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor.

Co-author - The Americans With Disabilities Act – A Management Guide.

Article - “Think Management Training is Optional? Think again.” Martindale-Hubbell, http://www.martindale.com/business-law/article_Baker-Donelson-Bearman-Caldwell_232926.html

Speaking Engagements
Lorman - “Advanced Topics in FMLA”

Middle Tennessee SHRM – “Updating Your Workforce: The Dark Side”

Belmont University for Professional Development – “Mini MBA course in Human Resource Management

Tennessee Human Rights Commission – “Internal Investigations”

Middle Tennessee SHRM South – “Employment Law Update 2006”

Association for Continuing Legal Education – “Effective Performance Evaluations”

Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain, PC - “Managing Employment Liability”

Counsel on Education Management – “FMLA Update 2006: A Completely Revised Program to Address Your Biggest FMLA Challenges While Staying in Compliance with the Latest Legal Developments”

Professional Honors & Activities
Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Law  for 2002 and 2003

Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers for 2003

Law Clerk – United States District Court Judge H. Franklin Waters, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Member – Tennessee Bar Association (Chair of Labor and Employment Section 2005-2006 and Vice Chair 2004-2005)

Member - American Bar Association

Member – Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce HR Excellence Awards Chairperson (2005-2006); Examiner (2002-2003)

Tennessee (1986)

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1988)

United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (1988)

United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee (1990)

United States Supreme Court (1995)

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School, J.D., 1986, with High Honors

University of Central Arkansas, B.A., 1983, with Highest Honors