Robert Blanchfield is senior counsel with Gordon & Rees. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Blanchfield worked as an economist for the U.S. Department of Labor analyzing domestic and international labor markets and other factors affecting the volume and sales of automobiles and other products. Mr. Blanchfield applies that experience in his practice representing businesses in a wide variety of industries. In 15 years of private practice, Mr. Blanchfield has represented more than 250 businesses in employment, labor, products liability, tort, franchise and commercial litigation before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts. This has also included significant collective bargaining and arbitration experience.
In the area of employment law, Mr. Blanchfield regularly advises businesses regarding wage & hour, EEO, on-boarding, discipline, termination, compensation, performance measures, reductions in force, drug testing, EAP programs and workplace safety. As part of this work, he is often called upon to provide training on EEO and related topics. Mr. Blanchfield also represents businesses in EEOC, State Departments of Revenue, DOL, OSHA and other state and federal investigations and audits. Mr. Blanchfield often drafts and negotiates independent contractor, non-compete, confidentiality, employment, NDAs, severance, licensing, sales, purchasing, and other agreements for employers.
Having previously worked as in-house counsel for an international manufacturer of powered wheelchairs, Mr. Blanchfield has managed products liability litigation in more than 20 states. As part of that work, Mr. Blanchfield also gained significant experience in the areas of corporate, M&A, compliance and regulatory matters.
U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Western, Middle and Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Tennessee Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
American Bar Association
Volunteer Attorney: Access for Justice (TN) 2012 - Present