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Mark W. Peters

Partner, Practice Group Leader, Labor & Employment
Laura Stokes
615.850.8172 direct

A seasoned and creative problem-solver, Mark Peters represents employers throughout the country in litigation and day-to-day advice and counseling.  He combines a focus on results with a client-centric approach to serving employers in a broad range of industries from healthcare to telecommunications to manufacturing to professional sports.   Through his extensive work with healthcare providers in acute care, behavioral health, long term care, home health and dialysis, healthcare employers rely upon Mark’s experience to solve their employment issues and disputes with staff and physicians creatively, efficiently and effectively.  

Mark works with employers to help manage their workforces and resolve disputes through the most appropriate and cost-efficient means—either through negotiation, litigation, or alternative dispute resolution.  He has significant jury trial and arbitration success in employment discrimination, retaliatory discharge and harassment cases.  He also advocates for employers in matters involving wage and hour collective and class actions, the FMLA, Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, ERISA claims, unfair labor practices and union negotiations.  Additionally, Mark is experienced in successfully developing and implementing mandatory alternative dispute resolution programs.

Chambers USA recognizes Mark as a leading Tennessee attorney in Labor and Employment law, he is peer-review rated ‘AV’ by Martindale-Hubbell and he has been recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyer and Rising Star in the field of Employment Law.  He has authored numerous articles in national publications and regularly speaks on employment issues throughout the country.  Mark is active in the American Health Lawyers Association, currently serving as a Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment practice group and a member of the Behavioral Health Task Force. 

  • J.D., with honors, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1996
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Senior Executive Editor, Florida Law Review
    • National Mock Trial Team
    • Member, Journal of Law and Public Policy
    • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research and Writing
  • B.A., Sewanee-The University of the South, 1992
    • Wilkins Scholar
    • Order of Gownsmen
    • Varsity Soccer
    • Varsity Football
Bar Admissions
  • Tennessee
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • All State Courts Tennessee


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