I’ve always envisioned a license to practice law as a real-life superpower that can be used for good or harm. I keep this in mind and aspire to use my license in pursuit of all the good it can help me muster. To me, that means working every day to try and make the world a more just and equitable place in large and small ways, in and out of the courtroom.
Nashville native Kerry Dietz has been working for more than a decade in the community where she was born and raised. She focuses her work on labor and employment law, with an emphasis on union and employee advocacy.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Dietz served as a housing and consumer protection attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. During her tenure there, she headed the firm’s Nashville housing team, defended clients in public and subsidized housing against evictions, fought illegal housing discrimination, enforced legal protections for consumers, and advocated individually and systemically on behalf of underinvested communities, families and people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she played an early and integral role in launching the Nashville LEGACY Housing Resource Diversionary Court & Program.
Ms. Dietz earned her J.D. in 2016 from Belmont University College of Law, where she served as Editor-In-Chief of the Belmont Law Review. Before law school and again briefly after graduating, she worked in Congressman Jim Cooper’s district office.
Ms. Dietz and her husband, Daniel, a mastering engineer, live near Radnor Lake State Park, where their indoor cats and a variety of local wildlife ensure they rarely suffer a dull moment.
Areas of Practice
- Civil Litigation
- Civil Rights Law
- Labor & Employment Law
- Wage & Hour
- Belmont University College of Law, J.D., 2016
- Editor-in-Chief of Belmont Law Review Volume 3
- George Washington University, B.A., 2009
- Tennessee, 2016
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 2017
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2018
- Represented clients on tenants’ rights, consumer protection and foreclosure prevention in state and federal courts, as well as administrative proceedings.
- Litigates and advocates on behalf of unions and low-wage workers in labor and employment disputes.
- Advises and represents victims of illegal employment discrimination.
- Handles wage and hour cases.
Professional Honors and Activities
- Tennessee Bar Association, 2016 – present
- Nashville Bar Association, 2016 – present
- Chair, Nashville-Davidson County HUD Continuum of Care Performance Evaluation Committee, 2018 – present.
- Regularly advised and educated media, the Nashville Bar, prospective pro bono attorneys, and housing and homelessness service providers on the rapidly evolving status of housing law and tenants’ rights in Nashville during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Coordinated local efforts between nonprofits, advocates, service providers and policy makers to prevent, prepare for and curtail the impacts of the Covid-19 eviction crisis on Nashville’s most vulnerable communities, including through the development and launch of the LEGACY Housing Resource Diversionary Court and Program to protect tenants’ rights and expedite the allocation of millions of federal rent relief dollars.