Doug Janney has practiced employment law in Nashville for over 25 years. He frequently advises individuals on workplace and contractual rights and responsibilities and offers assistance in resolving disputes in those areas before litigation arises.

Sometimes it is necessary to initiate or defend a lawsuit to restore or protect a person’s rights. In that event, Mr. Janney is dedicated to obtaining the best result for his client in the circumstances. He has handled employment, contract, and injury cases from the filing of complaints through favorable jury verdicts and appeals.

Before starting his own practice, Mr. Janney worked with other trial attorneys and acquired experience at two Nashville law firms. He represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation in federal and state courts, primarily in employment-related cases. He then opened his office in 2004 to provide higher quality representation to individuals in employment rights cases and in business disputes.

In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Janney served two terms as President of the Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association (TENNELA), a statewide group of plaintiffs’ employment lawyers and the official Tennessee affiliate organization of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).  He has continued to serve on TENNELA’s Board of Directors and has served as NELA’s Sixth Circuit Representative.

In 2007, the Nashville Business Journal recognized Mr. Janney, at age 35, as among the “Best of the Bar” in the area of litigation based on the votes of fellow lawyers. From 2009–2011, Super Lawyers magazine identified him as a Rising Star and, from 2012 to present, a Mid-South Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff employment litigation.  In 2015, Super Lawyers identified Mr. Janney as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee among all practice areas.

From 2013 to present, Mr. Janney has been selected by his peers for inclusion and is currently listed in The Best Lawyers in America in two practice areas: Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor and Employment.  From 2014 to present his practice has been further distinguished as a “Tier 1” or top-rated Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Law Firms listing.

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Business Litigation
  • Appellate Practice

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Tennessee and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee, 2012

Reported Cases

  • Murfreesboro Med. Clinic, P.A. v. Udom, 166 S.W.3d 674 (Tenn. 2005)
  • Tuttle v. Metropolitan Govt. of Nashville, 474 F.3d 307 (6th Cir. 2007)
  • Bryant v. Dollar General Corp., 538 F.3d 394 (6th Cir. 2008)
  • Fite, et al. v. Comtide Nashville, LLC, 686 F. Supp. 2d 735 (M.D. Tenn. 2010)
  • Norman v. Rolling Hills Hosp., LLC, 820 F. Supp. 2d 814 (M.D. Tenn. 2011)
  • Bryant, et al. v. Rolling Hills Hosp., LLC, 836 F. Supp. 2d 591 (M.D. Tenn. 2011)
  • Saley v. Caney Fork, LLC, 886 F. Supp. 2d 837 (M.D. Tenn. 2012)
  • Pigott v. Battle Ground Academy, 909 F. Supp. 2d 949 (M.D. Tenn. 2013)
  • Lovell v. Champion Car Wash, LLC, 969 F. Supp. 2d 945 (M.D. Tenn. 2013)
  • Pierson v. Quad/Graphics Printing Corp., 749 F.3d 530 (6th Cir. 2014)
  • Mayhew v. Town of  Smyrna, 856 F.3d 456 (6th Cir. 2017)
  • Jordan v. Mathews Nissan, Inc., 539 F. Supp. 3d 848 (M.D. Tenn. 2021)
  • Wyatt v. Nissan North America, Inc., 999 F.3d 400 (6th Cir. 2021)


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Individuals and Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2013-2023
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Plaintiff Employment Litigation, 2012-2022
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star, Plaintiff Employment Litigation, 2009-2011
  • President, Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association, 2010-2011
  • “Best of the Bar,” Litigation, Nashville Business Journal, 2007
  • Editor, TBA Litigation Letter, 2001-2003
  • Administrative Justice, Moot Court Board, 1996-1997
  • Student Editor, ABA Student Lawyer Magazine, 1996-1997
  • Champion, Anthony J. Celebrezze Moot Court Competition, 1996
  • National Moot Court Team, 1995
  • Recipient, book awards for: Civil Procedure, Appellate Advocacy, Environmental Law, and Jurisprudence, 1995-1997

Bar Association Memberships

  • American Bar Association – since 1995
  • Tennessee Bar Association – since 1998
  • Nashville Bar Association – since 1998
  • National Employment Lawyers Association – since 2003
  • Tennessee Employment Lawyers Association – since 2004
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow – since 2018
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow – since 2018


  • Ohio Northern University, J.D., 1997
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.A., 1994

Client Reviews

Doug was excellent! He was able to answer all my questions and address my concerns. I highly recommend him.

Richard C.

If you’re looking for an attorney to help you with any type of employment claim I would highly recommend Mr. Doug Janney he will go above and beyond take the time to listen and explain each and every detail to...

Marcelius D. T.

I highly recommend Doug Janney for any labor or employment law matters. He's intelligent, dedicated to his clients, and personable.

Stacey M.

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