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John R. LaBar

John LaBar

TEL: 931.455.9301
FAX: 931.455.1621

jlabar@henry-mccord.com

   EDUCATION

  • University of Miami School of Law, LL.M. (in Real Property Development), 2013.
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D. (Concentration in Business Transactions), 2000.
  • Cornell Law School – Universitè Paris 1, Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law, 1999.
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  • Franklin Pierce Law School, Intellectual Property Summer Institute, 1998.
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, B.A. (History, minor in Asian Studies), 1997.
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  • United States Military Academy at West Point, 1991-1994.

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Practice Areas:

  • Corporate, Finance & Business Transactions
  • Real Estate (retail, commercial and development)
  • Employment Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Entity Formation & Corporate Governance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Tax, Trusts, Estates and Estate Administration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Litigation

Mr. LaBar’s practice concentrates on advising business and corporate clients on all manner of transactional, corporate and real estate law matters. Mr. LaBar also advises clients on employment law matters and represents them in both administrative matters as well as in litigation, including matters in State and Federal courts as well as before the EEOC, NLRB, and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mr. LaBar also advises clients and business owners in implementing tax, business and estate planning strategies and, for the new business client, the choice of entity and incorporation of their business.

Mr. LaBar also assists clients and lending institutions in a variety of commercial finance, commercial real estate, leasing and commercial law matters.

 

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS:

  • All Tennessee state courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  • Mr. LaBar has previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law teaching Contract Drafting.
  • Since 2004, Mr. LaBar has served as the Town Attorney for the Town of Morrison, Tennessee. In this position, Mr. LaBar has advised the Town on employment law matters, represented the Town in the reestablishment of a municipal court, represented the Town in legal proceedings, reviewed and negotiated Town contracts, and advised the Mayor and Board of Alderman on a variety of matters.

RECOGNITION:

Named a 2012 Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the areas of Business/Corporate, Real Estate, and Employment & Labor Law.

Listed as a Top Attorney in Tennessee Rising Star in the December 2012 issue of Memphis Magazine.

Listed in the Super Lawyers Rising Stars section of the December/January 2013 issue of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine.

Named a 2011 Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the areas of Business/Corporate, Labor & Employment Law, and Real Estate.

Named a 2010 Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the areas of Business/Corporate, Real Estate and Corporate Litigation.

PUBLICATIONS:

Author, “Green Appeal: LEED Certification Appeal Process and Suggestions for Improvement”, Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, 14 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 165 (2013).

A paper authored by Mr. LaBar is included (with minor edits) as Section 12.07 entitled “Issues in the LEED Appeal Process” of the treatise, Green Buildings: Law, Contract and Regulation, Law Journal Press (starting with Release 2), authored by Peter S. Britell.

Author, “U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Expanding Protections for Military Families and Airline Flight Crews”, Tennessee Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter (April 5, 2013).

Author, “U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance as to FMLA Leave to Care for an Adult Child”, Tennessee Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter (February 5, 2013).

Contributing Expert, 2012 Rule of Law Index published by The World Justice Project.

Author, “NLRB Issues Complaint Against Boeing for Transferring Work to Non-Union Facility”, Tennessee Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter (September 2011).

Author, “NLRB Issues Proposed Rule Requiring Employers to Post Notice of Employee Rights under NLRA”, Tennessee Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter (January 2011).

Author, “Combating the Cost of Doing Business: The Benefits of Implementing a Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace”, Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, 3 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 26 (2002).

PRESENTATIONS:

“Wills and Estates”, Life Planning Seminar, University of Tennessee Space Institute (March 22, 2013).

Faculty, 11th Annual Employment Law Beyond the Basics (Sep. 20, 2012), Sterling Education Services, Inc.

Topic:  NLRB’s Expanding Agenda

Faculty, 10th Annual Fundamentals of Employment Law (Dec. 6, 2011), Sterling Education Services, Inc.

Topic:  ADA and FMLA Updates and Interplay

Topic:  Immigration Law Update

Faculty, 8th Annual Beyond the Basics in Employment Law (Jan. 27, 2011), Sterling Education Services, Inc.

Topic:  FLSA/Wage and Hour CrackdownTopic: Advanced FMLA & ADA IssuesFaculty, Fundamentals of Employment Law (Jan. 28, 2010), Sterling Education Services, Inc.

Topic:  Immigration Compliance Issues for Employers

“Business Legal Issues & Concerns”, Presenter, Middle Tennessee Business Network (Dec. 16, 2009).

Faculty, Employment Law Update in Tennessee (Oct. 15, 2008), Sterling Education Services, Inc.

Topic: Stay Out of Jail: Immigration Compliance Issues for Employers.

Topic: Developments in FMLA Compliance and the Overlap of ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation when Dealing with Absences of Ill, Injured and Disabled Employees.

“Workers’ Compensation Issues for Employers Seminar”, Co-Presenter, Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce (May 7, 2007).

Faculty, Choice of Business Entity in Tennessee: How to do it Right, (Sep. 28, 2004) National Business Institute.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

American Bar Association (Sections on Business Law, Labor and Employment Law, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law).

Tennessee Bar Association (House of Delegates Member, 14th Judicial District, 2004-present) (Sections on Business Law, Real Estate Law, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Estate Planning and Probate).

Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association.

Coffee County Bar Association (President 2004-2005).

NOTEWORTHY:

Lawclerk, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chattanooga, Tennessee (July – August 1998).

Intern, New Hampshire Inventors Assistance Program (June – July 1998).

SIGNIFICANT CASE:

Vakili v. Hawkersmith (Tenn. Ct. App. 2001), 2001 WL 1173285 [construction law case].

CIVIC AND COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Partners for Healing, Inc. [(a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing medical care to the working uninsured] (President 2007-2008; Board Member, October 2008 – present; Executive Committee Member, 2000-2009).

Tullahoma Sunrise Rotary Club (President 2007-2008; member 2006 – present).

Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. (Director 2004-2005).

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