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Gary W. Wright

Of Counsel
Knoxville, Tennessee
(865) 546-1000
(865) 546-1001

GARY W. WRIGHT is Of Counsel with Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones PLLC, which he re-joined in 2017.  He practices in the areas of labor law (defense), wrongful discharge (defense), employment discrimination (defense) and ADA and FMLA compliance.  He has served on the Executive Council of the Tennessee Bar Association's Labor Law Section, and is currently a member of the Knoxville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations.  Gary is a Tennessee Supreme Court Approved Mediator and has received his Certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations.  Prior to entering private practice, Gary was a federal prosecutor for the National Labor Relations Board, working in its Peoria and Atlanta Regions.  He has also served as an instructor of business law at Virginia Tech, and at Carson Newman College.  Most recently, Gary was the Chief of Employment Litigation for the U.S. Forest Service, where he managed and directed in-house attorneys and outside counsel in the defense of all labor and employment lawsuits brought against the Agency.  Gary received his BS degree, cum laude, in 1974, and his J.D. degree in 1977, both from the University of Tennessee.  Gary has an AV Preeminent® Rating - which is the highest possible rating given by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. 

Areas of Practice

  • Labor Law (defense)
  • Wrongful Discharge (Defense)
  • Employment Discrimination (Defense)
  • ADA and FMLA Compliance

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator, Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Certification (96 course hours), Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Listed Mediator, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Listed Mediator, Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution
  • Listed Arbitrator, Alliance for Education in Dispute Resolution
  • Listed Fact Finder, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1997


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of Tennessee, College of Business, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • B.S., Public Administration - 1974
    • Honors: Cum Laude

Published Works

  • Tennessee and Federal Employment Law Manual, Editor, Ceridian Publishing Corporation, ISBN 0923606-74-2, 2008


  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - State, Regional, and Local Conferences
  • National Business Institute
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Sterling Education Services

Honors and Awards

  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Knoxville Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. Forest Service, Chief of Employment Litigation, 2010 - 2017
  • Carson Newman College, Instructor of Business Law, 1983 - 1984
  • National Labor Relations Board, Federal Prosecutor, Peoria and Atlanta Regions, 1979 - 1983
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Instructor of Business Law, 1978


  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Phi

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