Craig A. Cowart: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Craig A. Cowart

Phone(901) 526-0431

Peer Rating
 4.6/5.0
AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act - ADA
  • Employment Litigation
  • Fair Labor Standards Act - FLSA
  • Family and Medical Leave Act - FMLA
  • Title VII
 
Contact InfoTelephone: (901) 526-0431
Fax: (901) 526-8183
http://www.laborlawyers.com
 
University University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, Bachelor of Business Administration, 1991
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Memphis School of Law, Memphis, TN, J.D., 1995
 
Admitted1995, Mississippi and Tennessee; 1996, Alabama; 1997, Louisiana; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee; Alabama Court of Civil Appeals; Louisiana Supreme Court; Louisiana Courts of Appeal; Mississippi Supreme Court; Mississippi Court of Appeals; Tennessee Supreme Court; Tennessee Court of Appeals
 
Memberships 

Professional Activities

Craig is active in the Federal Bar Association where he currently serves as the Chair of the National Labor and Employment Law Section. He is also President of the Memphis Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Memphis Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

 
Biography

Craig Cowart is a partner in the Memphis and Gulfport offices. For nearly two decades, Craig has represented the interests of employers in Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA and other labor and employment related litigation, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings.

Craig has significant experience representing employers in FLSA collective actions and has successfully obtained decertification in a number of cases.

He also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to helping employers formulate solutions to issues that arise every day in the workplace, including decisions related to counseling, disciplining, and terminating employees.

Prior to joining the firm he spent a portion of his career as in-house counsel for an international specialty chemicals company where he was responsible for management of all employment related litigation and legal matters related to human resources.

Craig is AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was listed in the Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013.

News/Media
Deep Fried Discrimination Claim: Lisa T. Jackson v. Paula Deen
September 3, 2013

The NLRB's Position on Employment At-Will Policies: What Every Employer Should Know
December 1, 2012

It's a Beautiful World - Does the EEOC Think It's Too Beautiful
August 2, 2012

Some Do's and Don'ts For Your Social Media Policy
June 21, 2012

Quotes and Soundbites
Taking Aim At Workplace Bullies
July 10, 2014

First State Workplace Bullying Law Has Few Fans
June 20, 2014

What Do the Cincinnati Bengals and Lady Gaga Have in Common
March 14, 2014

A New Minimum Wage For Tennessee
January 31, 2014

Staying Out Of The Frying Pan
January 6, 2014

Constant Connectivity Can Confound Definitions Of Overtime
April 26, 2013

Text, You're on Candid Camera
April 26, 2013

Newsletter Articles
Deep-Fried Discrimination Claim: Lisa T. Jackson v. Paula Deen, et al.
December 3, 2013

Baristas and Buttons: NLRB v. Starbucks
September 3, 2012

Presentations
Employment Law Beyond the Basics Seminar
November 6, 2014

Managing FMLA Issues
October 9, 2014

Be Careful Who You Call an Independent Contractor
September 23, 2014

Dishing on Celebrity Employment Law Issues
June 17, 2014

Sexual Orientation Legal Issues in the Workplace - Feeling Uncertain A Survival Guide for the HR Professional
May 7, 2014

The Affordable Care Act And Other Developments
February 11, 2014

Alternative Dispute Resolution In The Employment Context
February 11, 2014

Employment Law Trends For 2014 And Action Items For Employers
February 4, 2014

Association of Legal Administrators - Memphis, TN
November 14, 2013

International Association of Administrative Professionals - Memphis, TN
November 11, 2013

13th Annual Human Resource & Manager's Seminar: What HR Professionals and Your Managers Should Know - Memphis, TN
November 7, 2013

Delta Human Resources Management Association
November 7, 2013

International Association of Administrative Professionals - Memphis, TN
November 4, 2013

The Interplay Between Worker's Compensation, ADA, and FMLA
October 31, 2013

Bootcamp for Small Businesses - Memphis, TN
September 17, 2013

Fair Labor Standards Act - Memphis, TN
July 16, 2013

Employment Laws Made Simple - Memphis, TN
February 5, 2013

Administering the Family & Medical Leave Act - Memphis, TN
October 2, 2012

Social Media and the Workplace
Northwest Mississippi Society for Human Resource Management
May 23, 2012

“The Affordable Care Act and Other Developments”
The National Business Institute Seminar
February 11, 2014.

 
Reported CasesRepresentative Work; FLSA collective action with 178 opt-in plaintiffs. With an initial demand of over $1 million dollars, after obtaining evidentiary declarations, depositions, and motion practice, an agreement to settle the matter for $100,000 was reached at mediation. Prevailed in defeating motion for conditional certification of FLSA collective action involving sales employees. Reported Cases; White, on Behalf of Herself and All Others Similarly Situated v. Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., 161 Lab. Cas. (CCH) P35,904; 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52928 (W.D. Tenn. 2011); Frye, on Behalf of Himself and All Others Similarly Situated v. Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp., 160 Lab. Cas. (CCH) P35,823; 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101996 (W.D. Tenn. 2010).
 
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Craig A. Cowart

1715 Aaron Brenner Drive
MemphisTN 38120




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