Kara E. Shea

Kara E. Shea: Attorney with Butler Snow LLP
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  • Renaissance at Colony Park, 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400, P.O. Box 6010, Ridgeland, MS 39157
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Attorney Awards


Kara is a member and former Practice Group Leader for Labor and Employment. She regularly counsels clients in financial services, healthcare and home health industries on employment law compliance. She has extensive trial and appellate experience in Tennessee and around the country.


•Lifetime Achievement Selection, America’s Top 100 Attorneys, 2016
•Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal, 2012
Best Lawyers in America
•Employment Law - Management, 2013-2019
•Labor Law - Management, 2015-2019
Super Lawyers
•Top 50 Women: Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
•Top 50: Nashville Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
•Top 100: Tennessee Super Lawyers, 2014, 2016
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2013-2018
•Nashville’s Top 101 Lawyers, Nashville Post Magazine, 2011
Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
•Labor & Employment (Tennessee), 2014-2018
•Editor, Tennessee Employment Law Letter, published by BLR/HR Hero
•fellow, Nashville Bar Association
•fellow, American Bar Foundation

In the News

•Can Employers Require Measles Vaccines? - Society of Human Resource Management
•David L. Johnson and Kara E. Shea to Speak at Nashville Seminars
•106 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•Commerce Union buying Columbia bank - Nashville Post
•147 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 18 Named “Lawyer of the Year”
•Chambers USA 2017 Ranks 45 Butler Snow Attorneys as Leaders
•SmartBank to acquire Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Capstone Bank - Spoke
•Butler Snow to Host 2017 Employers’ Counsel Network Editor’s Conference in Nashville
•Butler Snow Attorneys Selected as Nashville Bar Foundation Fellows
•Nashville Businesses Prep for Labor Law Changes - Nashville Post
•Kara Shea, Attorney with Nashville’s Butler Snow, to Lead Employers’ Overtime Seminar June 21
•Executive Exemption from Overtime Explained - Business and Legal Resources
•102 Butler Snow Attorneys List in 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•Chambers USA Ranks 40 Butler Snow Attorneys as Leaders
•Focus Elevated
•117 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Two Local Butler Snow Lawyers to Lead Groups

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

•Presenter, “Administering Pay: Compliance Essentials and How to Avoid FLSA Pitfalls,” Business and Legal Resources, December 7, 2018.
•Presenter, “Paid Sick, Parental & Family Leave Hotbed: Multi-State Updates for Mastering Emerging Compliance Obligations,” HR Comply, Las Vegas, Nev., November 15, 2018.
• Presenter, “Time is Money: Preventing & Defending Off the Clock Claims,” Webinar Presented by Butler Snow and Welch Consulting, October 25, 2018.
•Presenter, Top Ten Wage & Hour Mistakes, 2018 Employment Law Conference, Franklin, Tenn., October 19, 2018.
•Presenter, “Sourcing and Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts to Help You Identify Ideal Candidates While Avoiding Legal Pitfalls,” BLR Events, RecruitCon 2018, Nashville, Tenn., May 11, 2018.
•Speaker, FMLA Master Class: Tennessee - Advanced Skills For Employee Leave Management, Nashville, Tenn., May 16, 2017.
•Keynote Speaker and Presenter, 21st Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Las Vegas, Nev., November 9-11, 2016.
•Presenter and Panelist, The New DOL Overtime Regulations: Is Your Workplace prepared? 2016 MidSouth Employment Law Conference, October 2016.
•Presenter, “Disability and Leaves of Absence: The latest on Who Qualifies as Disabled, “Non-Traditional” Disabilities and Mental Health Claims, What Accommodations Qualify as Reasonable, and a Tactical Tool-Kit for Defending Against ADA & FMLA Claims.” American Conference Institute, July 2016.
•Presenter, Overtime Exemption Rule: How to Audit White-Collar Classifications Amid Major Changes, HR Webinar, BLR, June 2016.
•Keynote Speaker and Presenter, 20th Annual Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, Las Vegas, Nev., November 4-6, 2015.
•Presenter and Panelist, “Wage and Hour Update: White Collar Worries,” 2015 MidSouth Employment Law Conference, Nashville, Tenn., October 16, 2015.
•Author, How to Conduct a Wage and Hour Check Up, Law Practice Today, October 2014.
•Presenter, Overtime Exemption Decisions: HR’s Pay Practice Checkup to Find and Fix Costly Errors, HR Webinar, BLR, September 25, 2014.
•Author, Here We Go Again! Legal Update on Wage and Hour Law, Cowan Benefit Services Summer Seminar Series, June 2014.
•Author, Tennessee Passes Guns in Trunks Law, Workplace Vol. 2013 No. 3, April 2013.
•Author, Tennessee Employment Law Letter, BLR/HR Hero, monthly.
•Author, Overtime, HR Guide to Employment Law, A Practical Reference, BLR, 2010, updated 2013.
•Author, Top Tennessee Employer Mistakes with their Employees, TN Association for Home Care, March 2013.
•Author, Wage & Hour - Companionship Exemption, TN Association for Home Care, January 2013.
•Author, Wage & Hour Compliance, Practical Solutions for HR, BLR, 2009, updated 2012.
•Author, Wage and Hour Master Class, Tennessee Employment Law Letter, December 2012.
•Author, Addressing Workplace Harassment Issues in Public Entities, TnPRIMA Conference, November 2012.
•Author, Independent Contractors: Tennessee, Practical Law Company, November 2012.
•Author, Wage & Hour Update, Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management, October 2012.
•Author, Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations ---Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, October 2012.
•Author, FMLA Compliance Virtual Summit, August 14, 2012.
•Author, Tennessee FMLA Master Class, June 5, 2012.
•Author, Exempt or Nonexempt: How to Find and Fix Misclassification Mistakes, April 25, 2012.
•Author, Calculating Overtime: HR’s How-To Guide for FLSA Compliance, April 12, 2012.
•Author, Employee vs. Independent Contractor: How Employers Can Avoid Misclassification and Legal Headaches, December 13, 2011.
•Author, Weather-Related Absenteeism: Policies, Payroll Adjustments, Telecommuting, and More, August 17, 2011.
•Author, Weather-Related Absenteeism: Policies, Payroll Adjustments, Telecommuting, and More, March 8, 2011.
•Author, Independent Contractor or Employee? Avoid the Misclassification Crackdown, October 5, 2010.
•Author, Legal Update: Wage & Hour Issues For Auto Dealers, Tennessee Automotive Association, November 2010.
•Author, Hot Topics in Wage & Hour Law, Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management, May 2010.
•Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, HR Law Hero, April 2010.
•Author, Conducting Workplace Investigations: A Step-by-Step Virtual Summit for HR Leaders, HR Hero, April 2010.
•Author, Background and Credit Checks: Legal Risks and Workable Solutions, February 17, 2010.
•Regular speaker for programs sponsored by Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resource Management.

Recent Blogs

•6th Circuit Credits Documentation in Age Discrimination Case
•Top 10 Mistakes To Avoid in 2019
•TN Court of Appeals offers guidance on when preparing to compete crosses the line
•Hospital Not Liable For Retaliatory Discharge
•Beware of Bonus Pitfalls: Overtime and Nonexempt Employees
•6th Circuit holds layoff didn’t violate employee’s FMLA rights
•Supreme Court Finds that Car Dealership Service Personnel Exempt from FLSA Overtime Requirements

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Employment Counseling
  • Employment Litigation
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Labor and Employment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(615) 651-6712  Phone
(615) 651-6701  Fax
University Attended:
Boston University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1991
Law School Attended:
Vanderbilt University, J.D., Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1996
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 7th Circuit, 10th Circuit. 11th Circuit; 1996, Tennessee; U.S. Supreme Court


American Bar Association

Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Society of Human Resource Management

Employers Counsel Network

Tennessee Representative

Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resources Management (MT-SHRM)

Past Board Member

SHRM Tennessee State Council

Legal and Legislative Chair

Reported Cases:
Experience: Extensive trial and appellate experience in Tennessee and around the country.; Regularly counsels clients in financial services, healthcare and home health industries on employment law compliance.; Provided FLSA exemption analysis to national home health care company.; Assisted Tennessee troubled bank with reduction-in-force impacting dozens of positions, resulting in return of all severance agreements and no claims against the bank.; Provides guidance and risk assessment relative to employee disciplinary action and termination.; Represented employers in Department of Labor wage and hour investigations resulting in reduction of backpay assessments.; Litigated and favorably mediated wage and hour class and collective actions in health care, transportation, agriculture, and retail services industries.; Briefed cases to Tennessee Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court.; Drafted sex harassment, overtime, and other employment policies and forms for hundreds of employers in a variety of industries.; Helped retail services client draft innovative FMLA policy aimed at reducing absenteeism.; Conducted dozens of workplace investigations for public and private employers.; Has trained public and private supervisory workforces around the country on all aspects of employment law compliance.; Drafts and assists in enforcement of non-compete agreements.

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