Jonathan Hancock

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

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Madison Avenue 165
Memphis 38103 TN US

Jonathan C. Hancock represents employers and management clients as they address all aspects of employment law and litigation, including employee counseling and termination, proactive employee training, and the handling of employee complaints and claims in state or federal courts across the country.

Mr. Hancock regularly represents employers before administrative agencies and courts in matters involving claims like wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation. His practice also includes helping clients avoid lawsuits, and he has extensive experience creating proactive training programs for all employees, including focused “front line” training for managers, supervisors and executives.

He also represents clients in complex litigation matters, including class and collective actions, federal compliance actions, municipal and governmental defense cases, and other civil litigation matters.

Mr. Hancock is a frequent speaker and writer whose articles have appeared in BNA’s Employment Discrimination Law, the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, the University of Memphis Law Review, The Commercial Appeal, the Practical Law Company, HR Professionals of the Mid-South magazine and other publications.

Mr. Hancock regularly speaks on employment and civil litigation topics for a variety of clients and groups, including the Association for Corporate Counsel, The Society for Human Resource Management, the National Association of Legal Administrators, the Memphis Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association, among others.


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D. degree, 1996
  • Millsaps College, B.S. degree, 1993


  • Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Circuits
  • Admitted pro hac vice in Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina and other jurisdictions

Representative Matters:

  • On behalf of municipal client, obtained directed verdict at trial against claims by multiple employees alleging unlawful pay disparities.
  • Represented client in financial services industry through FINRA arbitration hearing and secured complete finding in client’s favor on all claims asserted by former employee.
  • Lead counsel in complicated disability discrimination and FMLA interference and retaliation case dismissed following Court’s grant of summary judgment to client.
  • Obtained defense verdict in federal trial in which plaintiffs alleged race, gender and age discrimination and retaliation.
  • Obtained summary judgment for state court judge accused of unlawful harassment by subordinate employee.
  • Counsel in numerous cases enforcing employee agreements, particularly covenants not to compete and other restrictive covenants, including handling of injunctive judicial proceedings, expedited discovery proceedings and negotiated resolutions.
  • Served as counsel in an eminent domain trial in which the jury rendered a verdict for the entire amount sought by landowner.

Professional Honors & Activities:

  • Member – Federal Bar Association (Board of Directors, National Delegate, 2009; Secretary, 2010)
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association (Executive Council; Federal Practice Section)
  • Former Member – Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association Host Committee
  • Former Board Member – Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis
  • Former Member – Leo Bearman American Inns of Court


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