Kristy L. Bennett

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in Memphis, Tennessee

Johnson & Bennett, PLLC
Kristy L. Bennett
Johnson & Bennett, PLLC

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Employment & Labor; view more

Licensed in Tennessee since: 1999

Education: The University of Mississippi School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023

Johnson & Bennett, PLLC

1407 Union Avenue
Ste. 807
Memphis, TN 38104 Visit website


Attorney Kristy L. Bennett is a founding partner of Johnson & Bennett, PLLC, in Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. Bennett practices employment law, civil rights and personal injury law, with a particular emphasis on employment law. She represents clients in the Memphis metropolitan area and throughout Mississippi. 

Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Ms. Bennett has been practicing law for over 20 years and has a diverse legal background. She is a former legal director for the ACLU of Mississippi, where she handled various civil rights cases, and practiced with an employment law firm in Tupelo, Mississippi. Over the course of her career, she has litigated numerous employment cases, resulting in successful outcomes for her clients. Many of her cases have set legal precedent.

As an employment law attorney, Ms. Bennett handles cases involving discrimination, medical leave issues, overtime law abuses, sexual harassment and other employment issues. She is qualified to practice law before the state courts of Tennessee and Mississippi, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Ms. Bennett graduated cum laude from The University of Mississippi in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She went on to earn her law degree from The University of Mississippi School of Law, graduating with honors and receiving various scholarships and an award in international law. She is an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association and The Mississippi Bar.

Practice areas

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment & Labor: Employee

Focus areas

Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination

  • 90% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Employment & Labor: Employee

First Admitted: 1999, Tennessee

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 2002 - $1.7 Million Race Discrimination Jury Verdict for Plaintiffs 2010 - McMillen v. Itawamba County School District - Judgment for Plaintiff 2013 - $1 Million Personal Injury Plaintiff's verdict 2015 - $800,000 settlement in a MS Dram Shop case 2016 - $600,000 settlement for plaintiff in a trucking case *results are not typical
  • Barnes v. Saulsberry et al., 2014 WL 7335795
  • Weinrich v. Levi Strauss & Co., 366 F.Supp.2d 439 (S.D. Miss. 2005)
  • Knight v. Miss. Dept. of Public Safety, 2007 WL 2219327 (S.D. Miss. 2007)
  • Young v. Hoseman, 2009 WL 614912 (S.D. Miss 2009)
  • Paz v Brush Engineered Materials, Inc., 445 F.3d 809 (5th Cir. 2006)
  • Lancaster v. Stevens, 961 So.2d 768 (Miss. App. 2007)
  • Gary Dean Lambert v. State of Mississippi, 941 So.2d 804 (Miss. 2006)
  • Henley v. Edlemon, 297 F.3d 427 (5th Cir. 2002)
  • Brown v. Mississippi Valley State University, 311 F.3d 328 (5th Cir. 2002)
  • Phillips ex rel. Phillips v. Monroe County, Miss., 311 F.3d 369 (5th Cir. 2002)
Representative Clients:
  • Ms. Bennett represents plaintiffs in employment claims and personal injury claims in Mississippi and Tennessee.  Ms. Bennett also spent a year doing insurance defense in Jackson, Mississippi
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Mississippi, 1999
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, 1999
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1999
  • Tennessee, 2011
Educational Background:
  • University of Mississippi, B.S. in English with Cum laude, 1996
  • Bennett was named in Memphis Magazine's Women to Watch in both 2017 and 2018, Women to Watch, Memphis Magazine, 2017
  • , Albert N. Hopkins Scholarship, University of Mississippi School of Law
  • , Harry L. Case Memorial Scholarship, University of Mississippi School of Law
  • , Outstanding Student Award, University of Mississippi School of Law, International Law, fall 1998
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Tennessee Supreme Court 2018 Attorney for Justice for providing pro bono service, 2018

Office location for Kristy L. Bennett

1407 Union Avenue
Ste. 807
Memphis, TN 38104

Phone: 901-563-1886


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  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023

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