Overview

Rodrick Holmes represents and counsels management clients in connection with a wide array of employment matters arising under federal and state laws. He has represented employers in single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff employment litigation matters and has defended claims alleging:

  • Race, national origin, religious, sex, age, and disability discrimination
  • Workplace harassment
  • Wrongful termination
  • USERRA
  • Retaliation, including workers' compensation retaliation
  • Alleged interference with rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and retaliation under the FMLA
  • Breach of contract and breach of covenants not-to-compete, not-to-disclose, and not-to-solicit
  • FELA
  • Title III ADA

Rodrick has handled various state tort claims, including defamation, fraud, negligent misrepresentation; tortious interference with business relations; negligent hiring, training, supervision, and retention; and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In addition, he has successfully defended clients in trial, arbitration and mediation.

Rodrick provides advice to his clients regarding best employment practices and on various employment concerns to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with federal, state, or local laws, including the following:

  • Properly addressing disciplinary problems
  • Resolving wage and hour concerns
  • Conducting effective investigations related to employee misconduct or allegations of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation
  • Engaging in the interactive process and assessing employee accommodation requests and identifying reasonable accommodations to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)
  • Handling leave of absence requests
  • Properly managing employee terminations and layoffs
  • Reviewing employers’ policies and procedures

Rodrick has conducted employee and manager training regarding workplace discrimination and harassment prevention. He has also trained human resources representatives and managers regarding complying with the ADAAA and conducting investigations in response to allegations of discrimination and harassment. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2017)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter
  • University of Arkansas School of Law Alumni Board 
  • Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors
  • "Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds."
  • Malcolm Gladwell

Practice Emphasis

  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Competition and Trade Secret Law
  • Hiring, Performance Management and Termination Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation

Education

University of Arkansas

  • J.D., 2005 
  • Dean's List

Mississippi College

  • B.A., 2002

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2005
  • Arkansas, 2012
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Arkansas Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court of the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Colorado
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