Karla M. Campbell
Karla M. Campbell is a dedicated advocate of employee rights, with a wide range of experience in civil litigation, appellate practice, labor, employment and ERISA. A fluent Spanish-speaker, she has helped the firm expand its range of services to clients experiencing employment issues, such as improper pay, harassment and discrimination, and wrongful termination. In addition to her general civil and appellate practice, Ms. Campbell is also active in providing labor and ERISA services to union-side and individual clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Campbell was a litigation attorney in Washington, D.C. She was the first law clerk selected to serve with the Honorable Jane B. Stranch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In addition, she holds a certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies, and proudly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador for three years.
Ms. Campbell is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia. She earned her J.D. degree in 2008 from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as the article selection editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. She is a member of the American, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations; the board of directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee; the American Constitution Society, Nashville Lawyers Chapter; and the Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter.
Areas of Practice
- Appellate Practice
- Civil Litigation
- Employment Law
- Labor Law
- Article Selection Editor, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
University of Virginia, B.A., 2002
- Highest Distinction
- Successfully argued for claimants’ direct access to the courts in certain ERISA cases, an issue of first impression in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Hitchcock v. Cumberland University.
- Negotiated the first community benefits agreement in Tennessee around the Nashville Major League Soccer stadium on behalf of community groups (2018).
- Regularly represents Taft-Hartley benefit funds providing health and pension benefits to unionized workers.
Professional Honors and Activities
- American Bar Association
- Nashville Bar Association
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Former board member, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
- Former board member, American Constitution Society, Nashville Lawyers Chapter
- Former board member, Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter
Presentations, Seminars and Published Works
- The Convergence of U.S. Immigration Policies: A Two-Factor Economic Model, 21 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 663, 2007