Ronald G. Daves

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RONALD G. DAVES was a Member of Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC, which he joined in 1986.  He practiced in the areas of labor and employment law, including litigation of employment discrimination lawsuits, union/management issues, EEO/ADA compliance and personnel policies and procedures.  He had an AV Preeminent® Rating – which is the highest possible rating given by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. Ron was a recipient of the 2014 HR Professional Excellence Award.  He was a member of the Litigation Section and the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association, serving as Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, 2002-2003. Ron was a member of the Loudon Monroe Human Resource Association, the Tennessee Valley Human Resource Association and the Society of Human Resource Management.  Ron was a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator and approved Mediator in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  Prior to entering private practice, Ron was Vice President – Personnel for Pilot Freight Carriers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and served as Chairman of the Personnel Practices Subcommittee of the American Trucking Associations, Washington, D.C.  He also served as an investigator for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.  He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he was recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for excellent achievement in the study of labor law and recipient of the Robert L. McKnight Memorial Scholarship in labor law.  He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1962 to 1965.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1986

Areas Of Practice

  • Labor Law (Defense)
  • Employment Discrimination (Defense)
  • Wrongful Discharge (Defense)
  • Wage-Hour Laws (Defense)
  • ADA and FMLA Compliance

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Approved Mediator, United States District Court, E.D.TN
  • Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator, Tennessee Supreme Court

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. – 1986
  • East Tennessee State University, Tennessee
    • B.S. – 1968

Honors And Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Recipient: HR Excellence Award – 2014
  • Recipient: American Jurisprudence Award for Excellent Achievement in Study of Labor Law
  • Robert L. McKnight Memorial Scholarship in Labor Law

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Tennessee Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Chairman, 2002 – 2003
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section; Litigation Section, Member
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Member
  • Tennessee Valley Human Resource Association, Member
  • Loudon Monroe Human Resource Association, Member
  • American Trucking Associations, Washington, D.C., Chairman, Personnel Practices Subcommittee, 1981

Past Employment Positions

  • Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Investigator, 1985
  • Pilot Freight Carriers, Inc., 1973 – 1981
  • United States Marine Corps, 1962 – 1965

Fraternities / Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta