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130 North Court Ave
Memphis TN 38103
Fax: 901.524.5024

Admitted to Practice

Tennessee, 2013

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2011

United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2011

Illinois, 2010 (currently on inactive status)

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2012

Bar Admissions

Illinois Bar Association

Memphis Bar Association

American Bar Association

Gary Peeples concentrates his practice in labor and employment law.  His labor and employment law practice includes advising employers on compliance with federal and state laws and defending employers in federal and state courts. 

In his role as an advisor, Gary regularly helps employers with issues pertaining to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Tennessee Human Rights Act, Title VII, and Title IX, among others.  Gary also has experience conducting internal investigations and helping employers draft and enforce non-competition agreements. 

In his role as a litigator, Gary represents employers when they are sued for alleged labor and employment law violations.  He has significant experience at every phase of litigation, including first-chair jury trial experience and oral argument before the Sixth Circuit.  Gary has written and argued numerous successful dispositive motions.  He is equally comfortable in federal and state courts.     

Beyond his labor and employment law practice, Gary frequently represents businesses (as plaintiffs and defendants) in commercial litigation.  His business litigation experience includes commercial lease disputes, distributorship agreements, fraud cases involving the assigned-risk market for workers’ compensation insurance, intellectual property disputes, putative class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other federal statutes, and title insurance matters. 

Gary has experience at the appellate level, too.  In addition to successfully arguing a case before the Sixth Circuit, Gary has written several appellate briefs.  Gary also recently wrote a merits-stage amicus brief in a Supreme Court case (2018-19 Term).

Before joining Burch, Porter & Johnson, Gary worked as an associate in the labor and employment law group of a global law firm.  He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jon P. McCalla (United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee) and the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman (United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit).

Outside of work, Gary enjoys playing basketball, reading non-fiction, and staying involved in charter school issues.  He considers Memphis to be his adopted home.

Education

  • Vanderbilt University (J.D., 2010); Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • University of Illinois (M.S., 2006)
  • University of Illinois (B.A., 2005)

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2018
  • Barrister Member, Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court
  • Named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in Employment Litigation: Defense (2016-17, 2017-18)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Jon P. McCalla, United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Order of the Coif (top 10% of law school class)
  • Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review

Publications and Presentations of Note