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M. Kimberly Hodges

Shareholder Memphis

Kim Hodges is a shareholder in the Memphis office and has practiced employment law and litigation for over sixteen years.  Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Kim was lead counsel in Federal Express Corporation’s litigation and employment group and worked in various roles in the HR departments of  ServiceMaster – TruGreen ChemLawn, Trailmobile, and Riceland Foods. 

Throughout her sixteen years as a litigator, Kim amassed a wealth of employment and commercial litigation experience and defended corporate clients as first-chair counsel in state and federal courts across the United States.  She has represented clients in appeals before the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal and also has experience defending clients in matters before the EEOC, the Department of Labor, and appeals before the Administrative Review Board. 

Kim’s litigation experience runs the gamut of employment law and related issues, including: all types of employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, FLSA classification, state and federal disability discrimination and accommodation, public access for disabled individuals, FMLA leave and interference, ADEA, complex contracts, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, whistleblower claims, tort claims, and antitrust/unfair competition. 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Kim’s path towards becoming employment counselor had already begun.  She worked in several HR departments assisting with wage and benefit surveys, employee satisfaction surveys, and general HR issues.  Most notably, Kim worked as a corporate Training & Development Specialist with TruGreen ChemLawn, a ServiceMaster Company.  In that role, Kim developed and facilitated training programs for front-line managers on issues such as: progressive discipline, union avoidance, EEO laws and regulations, and team-building techniques.  In her practice as an attorney today, Kim enjoys providing similar training to help educate employers and managers on best practices for synchronizing legal requirements with the demands of the business.

Kim has been an invited speaker on employment law and litigation topics at bar and professional association seminars, such as “Litigation in the Corporate Arena” and “Trends in Age Discrimination Litigation.”


Experience

  • First-chair counsel and strategist in state and federal litigation all across the United States, including: Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, California, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, District of Columbia, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Oregon, Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Kansas, Indiana, and New Jersey. 
  • First-chair counsel in jury and non-jury trials in federal and state courts, as well as the Department of Labor and appeals before the Court of Appeals for the  3rd, 4th, 6th , 9th, and 11th circuits, and the Administrative Review Board.
  • Litigated cases involving all types of employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour laws, FLSA classification, state and federal disability discrimination, public access for disabled individuals, FMLA, ADEA, contract claims, non-competition agreements, trade secrets, whistleblower claims, tort claims, and antitrust/unfair competition claims.
  • Investigated highly sensitive claims of discriminatory conduct, evaluated policies and procedures of corporate clients to assess litigation risk, made recommendations for adjustments to company practices to minimize risk while maximizing effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Developed targeted training for front-line managers and HR representatives to increase the level of legal compliance while improving the level of communication, motivation, and commitment from employees.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Inns Of Court, Leo Bearman, Sr. Chapter
  • YWCA of Greater Memphis (2006 Board of Directors; 2006 Legal Affairs Committee)
  • Memphis Bar Association (2004 Leadership Forum; 2007 Board of Directors; 2010 House of Delegates)
  • Tennessee Bar Association (2010 Graduate of Leadership Law “TBALL” program; 2011 Labor and Employment Law Executive Committee; 2011 Glass Ceiling Initiative)
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Dress For Success (Mentor)
  • Memphis Literacy Council (Tutor)

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