Leslie Sanders

Member | Nashville, TN

Leslie Sanders is a labor and employment attorney, who focuses on labor and employment law as well as executive compensation. She has litigation experience in the areas of:

• Sexual Harassment
• ERISA
• Wage and Hour
• FMLA
• Workers Compensation
• Discrimination
• Trade Secrets
• Non-Competition and Employment Agreements
• Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims
• Misrepresentation and Fraud
• Breach of Contract

In addition to her extensive employment litigation experience, Leslie’s experience includes drafting agreements (employment, non-competition and severance), reviewing and drafting employee handbooks and policies, training the workforce, assisting clients with layoffs and plant closures, organizing campaigns for union elections, and assisting with internal wage and hour audits for clients. Leslie has represented clients before several regulatory agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Additionally, Leslie has represented management in a variety of union related issues.

Leslie has represented both companies and executives in negotiating executive employment agreements and severance packages. She has drafted term sheets, employment agreements, and severance agreements for both employees and employers. Her experience includes both public and private companies. Leslie has advised clients with respect to compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, severance packages in connection with reductions in force, change in control provisions, non-competition covenants and equity agreements.

Leslie was an attorney at Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville, Tennessee for over 11 years in the Labor and Employment section. Leslie spent 1.5 years as the General Counsel to PIC USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Genus, which is a publicly traded company in the United Kingdom.

Honors include:

  • Named as 200 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys in the nation by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon, 2012
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers since 2014
  • Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyer 2017
  • American Law Society: America’s Top Lawyers