Wake Forest University, B.A., 1989 (magna cum laude)
Wake Forest University, M.B.A., 1993 (Babcock scholar)
Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1993 (Carswell scholar)
AV rated with Martindale Hubbell
Phi Beta Kappa
Mortar Board Society
Omnicron Delta Kappa
Mr. Bennett has been a Partner with the firm since 2000. He regularly defends employers, both public and private, in State and Federal Courts throughout Tennessee. He also represents school boards, utility districts, and other governmental entities on a regular basis. He has an active appellate practice before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to litigation, Mr. Bennett lectures extensively on employment issues affecting public school systems and private employers alike. He conducts private seminars and consultations, and has lectured for the Tennessee School Board Association and the Tennessee Association of School Personnel Administrators.
Mr. Bennett is a member of the American Law Firm Association (Employment section), the Federal Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association (Employment and Litigation sections), the Chattanooga Bar Association, the National Council of School Attorneys, the Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys (President, 2007-2008), and the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 2008). Mr. Bennett serves as the school board attorney for Bradley County, White County, DeKalb County, Hamilton County, Jefferson County, Polk County, Unicoi County and Fayetteville City. He also represents the International Brotherhood of Police Officers' Chattanooga Local in labor matters with the City of Chattanooga.
Tennessee; North Carolina; US District Courts for Eastern, Middle and Western Courts of Tennessee; US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
American Law Firm Association (Employment Law)
Defense Research Institute (Employment Law, Civil Rights)
National Council of School Attorneys
Tennessee Council of School Board Attorneys (President 2007-2008)
Tennessee Bar Association
Hixson Presbyterian Church (PCA) Ruling Elder
AAA Women's Service (Board of Directors)
Mr. Bennett lectures around Tennessee on issues effecting public and private employers. Recently, he has spoken on legal issues implicit in reductions in force, layoffs and recalls; on the recent amendments to Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act; on how school districts can avoid conflict with parents of children with autism; on how employers may conduct effective investigations into employment related misconduct; and how to respond to an EEOC investigation.
"Judge could Rule this week on Tennessee School Funding Lawsuit" Memphis Daily News, September 4, 2015
"Jury Verdict in strip-search case favors Hamilton County Board of Education" Chattanooga Times Free Press, August 22, 2015
"Hamilton County School Board attorney Argues Merit of BEP Funding Lawsuit" Chattanooga Times Free Press, July 7, 2015
"Many Questions Settled About Schools at Meeting; Transfer Could Take Place by Next School Year If Approved" Manchester Times, January 14, 2015
"Caution Urged on School Prayer", Chattanooga Times Free Press, October 29, 2010
"Hamilton Schools Warned on Prayers", The Tennessean, October 30, 2010