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Richard D. Bennett

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Memphis, TN

Farris Bobango Attorneys at Law
999 South Shady Grove Road, Suite 500
Memphis, TN 38120
Phone: 901-259-7100
Fax: 901-259-7130
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2022
Licensed in Tennessee Since: 1988
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employer, Employment Litigation: Defense, Business Litigation, Construction Litigation: Business, Employment & Labor: Employee
Attorney Profile

A highly regarded civil trial lawyer, Richard D. Bennett is an attorney at Farris Bobango PLC. Located in the firm's office in Memphis, Tennessee, he represents clients throughout the state. Admitted to practice in Tennessee since 1988, Mr. Bennett is also admitted to practice before several federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th and 8th circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also appeared pro hac vice before several other courts.

The types of cases that Mr. Bennett has worked on during his distinguished career have included contract breaches and other business disputes, labor and employment law, in which he represents employers, construction contract and lien issues, and fraud. He has also provided advice and counsel to entrepreneurs who are considering launching a new venture, and his work in this regard has included determining the most appropriate form of legal entity, regulatory compliance and counseling. Mr. Bennett's experience has additionally encompassed government relations and administrative law. His clients come from a wide variety of sectors, including banking, health care, construction, manufacturing, retail and transportation.

Mr. Bennett's successful track record has led to a great deal of recognition from his fellow attorneys. The recipient of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, he has also repeatedly been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Bennett serves as the general counsel for the Western Tennessee Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, and he is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 30%Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 20%Construction Litigation: Business
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
Focus Areas

Wage & Hour Laws, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employer, Non-Compete Agreements


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2022

About Richard D. Bennett

First Admitted: 1988, Tennessee

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers as "Lawyer of the Year" in Construction Law, Memphis 2014
  • Memphis Bar Foundation, Fellow  
  • Best Lawyers, America, 2014
  • Best Lawyers as "Lawyer of the Year" in Employment Law, Memphis 2017
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Tennessee, 2013
  • Best Lawyers, Construction Law and Employment Law
  • Memphis Top 50 Attorney in the Memphis Area Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyer
  • AV® Peer Review Rated

Representative Clients

  • Rock-Tenn Converting Company v. City of Memphis, 2014
  • McKinna v Lasco, Inc., 1997
  • Cardwell v. Building Plastics, Inc., 2009
  • Perkins v. Carroll, 2011
  • Yates v. Process Systems, Inc., 1991
  • Bobo v. Wolverine World Wide, Inc., 1998
  • Hayes v Tyson, et. al., 2005
  • Ragsdale v. Wolverine World Wide, Inc., 2002

Educational Background

  • University of Tennessee at Martin, B.S. Public Administration, With Honors

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
  • Tennessee Bar Association Tennessee Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Executive Council Memphis Bar Association Memphis Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law section Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Associated Builders and Contractors of West Tennessee (ABC), Board of Directors and General Counsel City of Germantown, Tennessee, Planning Commission U.S. Supreme Court, 2000 U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit 1991 U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit 1991 President, Germantown Kiwanis Club 2000    
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee

Industry Groups

  • and transportation/logistics
  • as well as governmental entities
  • Auto Dealers
  • Banking
  • computer/information technology
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Food Services
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit
  • Retail
  • Service Industry
  • Telecommunications
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Office Location for Richard D. Bennett

999 South Shady Grove Road
Suite 500
Memphis, TN 38120

Phone: 901-259-7100

Fax: 901-259-7130

Last Updated: 7/25/2022

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