Shawn R. Lillie

Shawn Lillie is one of the founding partners of the law firm of Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, PLLC.  Since the formation of the firm, Shawn has served as the firm’s Managing Partner.  He has over 20 years of experience representing management clients in the field of labor relations and employment law.

Shawn’s reputation has brought him accolades from his peers.  Martindale Hubbell, known as the “gold standard” for rating attorneys nationally, has awarded Shawn the highest possible rating of “AV Preeminent.”  This rating is based on a peer review process with input from attorneys and judges.  According to Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent “is a significant rating accomplishment- a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” Additionally, Shawn has been named as one of Tennessee’s Top Rated Lawyers.  He has also been selected be a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation, which is reserved for attorneys who are determined by their peers to have devoted distinguished service to the legal profession and the administration of justice, as well as adherence to the highest ethical standards.   

Shawn has been privileged to represent and assist many of the nation's best known companies in the area of labor relations and employment law. He works with these companies on a nation-wide basis, having worked in more than 35 States, and has been consulted in labor relations matters in Canada and Europe.

Working with companies to identify the strengths and weaknesses in their human relations' environment, Shawn helps his clients create proactive strategies to maintain positive employee relations and legal compliance. He also designs and facilitates interactive training programs with corporate management teams in communication skills, leadership, positive employee relations, supervisory leadership, employment law and prevention of unlawful harassment.  Shawn provides dozens of training programs to company representatives each year.

In addition, he is often retained to conduct internal investigations involving unlawful harassment, employee theft and embezzlement, and other violations of Company policy.  In one case against a former manager who was engaged in fraudulent activity, Shawn obtained a judgment in favor of his client in the amount of over $4 Million (US).

Shawn also consults with clients to prevent workplace violence from occurring and to deal with its regrettable aftermath. He also works with clients during organizational changes (acquisitions, reductions in force, etc.) to ensure legal compliance and to meet the company's employee relations objectives.

 PRESENTATIONS:

April 2013 

On April 18, 2013, Shawn Lillie presented a program on Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law for 2013 at the annual conference of the Volunteer Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Approximately 150 Human Resources professionals were in attendance at the conference.  Mr. Lillie is a frequent guest speaker at these types of events. 

March 2013 

On March 13, 2013, Shawn Lillie spoke before an employer group outside of Akron, Ohio.  The topic was an overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Wage & Hour Division’s regulations under the FLSA.

 February 2013

On February 21, 2013, Shawn Lillie spoke to a group of management executives in the electric power industry on the topic of “Maintaining Positive Employee Relations and Good Management Practices.”  Mr. Lillie is a nationally-recognized speaker and presenter on these topics.  The presentation was made at the West Tennessee Industrial Association.

May 2012 

On May 15, 2012, Shawn Lillie presented a program on Latest Trends in Labor and Employment Law at the annual conference of the Volunteer Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Employers from across Tennessee were in attendance.  Mr. Lillie is a frequent guest speaker at such events.

 January 2012 

On January 17, 2012, Shawn Lillie presented a program regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s latest initiatives to the Volunteer Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  This presentation included a discussion of proactive strategies for companies to maintain positive employee relations and avoid labor relations problems.

PRACTICE BEFORE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES

  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • U.S. Department of Labor (DoL)
  • Wage & Hour Division
  • OSHA
  • Various state Human Rights Commissions and related administrative agencies.

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • Tennessee
  • Arkansas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the FifthCircuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • United States District court for the Northern District of Mississippi

HONORS//INVOLVEMENT/ACTIVITIES

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney Rating
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Selected by American Lawyer Media as one of Tennessee’s Top Rated Lawyers
  • Former Director, Agape Child & Family Services, Inc.
  • Consultant and Contributing Author for "The Americans with Disabilities Act and Private Clubs," "Club Employee Handbooks;” "Focus on Legal Issues - Premier Club Services" published by the Club Managers Association of America; “Employee Manuals” by the American Hotel & Motel Association’s Educational Institute; “Terrorism at Work: Violence in the American Workplace” published by the Association of College and University Clubs
  • Speaker on numerous employment law topics for SHRM, various Chambers of Commerce, International Personnel Management Association, Arkansas Healthcare Human Resources Association, Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare, Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association
  • Quoted in Redmond Magazine, “The Help Desk Overtime Bomb is Ticking” By Kent Blake, December 2008.