Cool Springs-based law firm Thompson Burton has hired Jennifer M. Lankford as an associate.
Lankford (pictured), who most recently served as an associate attorney at Nashville-based firm Cornelius & Collins, will aid Thompson Burton partner J.K. Simms in the firm’s existing employment law practice group.
Lankford has experience in the areas of wrongful discharge, non-compete agreements, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, and hostile work environment claims arising from a variety of laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Tennessee Human Rights Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She has handled employment disputes in federal and state courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and United States Department of Labor.
“I am thrilled that Jennifer has joined the Thompson Burton team and we have the opportunity again to join forces and provide what I believe to be legal service in the employment arena that is second-to-none,” Walt Burton, firm partner and co-founder, said in the release. “We are very guarded about the culture of our law firm. Jennifer is a perfect fit and fantastic lawyer. We couldn’t be more pleased.”
Lankford received her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she served as lead student materials editor for the Tennessee Law Review, as well as a staff writer for Transactions: Tennessee Journal of Business Law and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center Journal for Applied Public Policy. During law school, she worked as a research assistant to Professor Penny J. White and as a legal extern at the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals for the Honorable D. Kelley Thomas.
Lankford obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Tennessee, where she graduated summa cum laude with double majors in communication studies and psychology.
Cornelius & Collins has announced the addition of veteran Nashville-based attorney John Kitch as of counsel.
Previously, Kitch was a solo practitioner for more than 38 years.
A past president of the Nashville Bar Association, Kitch focuses his practice on representing public school systems, civil trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts, and probate matters. He is a graduate of Purdue University and the Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he formerly lectured. He is now a faculty member at the Nashville School of Law.
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