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Bill Pickering has been providing quality advice and representation to management in labor and employment matters and to educational institutions and governmental clients for more than three decades. Bill’s wealth of experience includes the successful defense of employment-related lawsuits in multiple states and the representation of employers in cases before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and National Labor Relations Board.

Bill prepares affirmative action plans for some of the state’s largest employers and represents those companies in compliance reviews conducted by the federal government. He also has significant experience in the handling of disputes involving independent contractors. Bill provides practical advice to clients in matters involving employment discrimination and retaliation and works with employers in addressing their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the laws applicable to government contractors.

Bill understands his clients’ businesses and uses his experience to assist them in making difficult employment and policy decisions. Bill is committed to excellence and to client service. His peers have given him the highest rating possible for legal ability and adherence to ethical standards. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for the representation of management in Labor and Employment matters.

Bill has been named a Client Service All Star by BTI Consulting Group which selects only about 300 lawyers nationwide for this honor. Selection as a Client Service All Star is based solely on nominations by corporate counsel with Fortune 1000 companies and other large corporations. In 2015, Bill was recognized by BTI as a Client Service MVP for being one of only three attorneys in the nation to be named as an All Star for five years in a row.

Bill is a former President of the Chattanooga Bar Association. He serves as City Attorney for Lookout Mountain, Ga.

If you are unable to reach Bill, please contact one of his colleagues:



Deborah L. Croxton
D: 423.321.0416


J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1976
B.A., magna cum laude, University of the South, 1973


Tennessee, 1979
Alabama, 1976
Georgia, 1976
U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, 2005
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1980
U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1976