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J.K. Simms

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Franklin, TN

Thompson Burton PLLC
One Franklin Park, 6100 Tower Circle Suite 200
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: 615-465-6005
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Licensed in Tennessee Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor
Attorney Profile

Attorney J.K. Simms is a partner with Thompson Burton PLLC in Franklin, Tennessee, where he serves as leader of the firm's employment law practice. A top-rated trial attorney with more than 18 years of legal experience, Mr. Simms focuses his practice primarily on employment law defense and litigation avoidance. Over the course of his career, he has achieved notable success defending the rights and interests of businesses and individuals with matters pertaining to wrongful discharge, employer retaliation accusations, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour disputes, and other serious grievances.

Along with maintaining a successful trial practice, Mr. Simms also counsels his clients with regard to labor and employment law matters in order to help them remain in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and to avoid any future disputes that may lead to litigation. However, he is also a tenacious trial attorney and formidable opponent in court who aggressively advocates on behalf of those he serves in order to help them achieve the positive results they expect as efficiently as possible.

In addition to his trial success, Mr. Simms has handled numerous appeals and arbitrations, and he has represented a diverse range of clients in collective bargaining agreements with labor unions. Moreover, he has extensive experience drafting noncompete agreements and other trade secret protections as well as enforcing their terms to the benefit of both employers and employees alike.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Simms has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America*, and the Nashville Business Journal voted him "Best of the Bar" in 2015 and 2016. He has also received numerous other accolades from his peers, and he has received “Superb” client ratings on Avvo along with many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 1998 magna cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University, Mr. Simms obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2001. While in law school, he served as lead editor of student materials for the Tennessee Law Review.

Mr. Simms is admitted to practice before all Tennessee state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also handled numerous matters before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, and other state and federal agencies.

A leader in his field, Mr. Simms currently serves as president of the Federal Bar Association's Middle Tennessee Chapter. He also recently accepted an appointment from Governor Bill Lee to serve on the Tennessee Board of Appeals.

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Practice Areas
  • 100%Employment & Labor


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022

About J.K. Simms

First Admitted: 2001

Professional Webpage:


  • Leu v. Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Svcs., Inc. Structural Modification and Repair Technicians, Inc. and Johnson Service Group, 2011 WL 1337405 (M.D. Tenn. 2011)
  • Hatcher v. RMR Investment Co., 2005 WL 2338788 (M.D. Tenn. 2005) 
  • Harris v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and Genesis Learning Centers, 2009 WL 483153 (M.D. Tenn. 2009)
  • Cumberland Trust and Investment Company v. Genesis Learning Centers, 2010 WL 2265696 (M.D. Tenn. 2010)
  • Lewis v. Humboldt Acquisition Corp., 634 F.3d 879 (6th Cir. 2011)
  • Lewis v. Humboldt Acquisition Corp., 681 F.3d 312 (6th Cir. 2012)
  • Link v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and Kimber Halliburton, 2012 WL 4506028 (M.D. Tenn. 2012)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • United States Supreme Court 
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • All Tennessee State Courts


  • Tennessee lawyers when selected for inclusion in Tennessee Bar Association’s
  •  “Super Lawyer” by the Super Lawyer publication every year since 2014.
  • “Best of the Bar” by the Nashville Business Journal in 2015 and 2016.
  • Best Lawyers in America for his high caliber of work in the practice area of Employment Law – Management.

Educational Background

  • Lipscomb University, magna cum laude
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., Lead Editor of Student Materials for the Tennessee Law Review
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Office Location for J.K. Simms

One Franklin Park
6100 Tower Circle Suite 200
Franklin, TN 37067

Phone: 615-465-6005

Last Updated: 6/24/2022

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