R. Jan Jennings
While employed as an executive with a large corporation, I became acquainted with one of its attorneys, Lucie Lomen. She was the first woman to clerk with the U.S. Supreme Court, and her insight about the inner workings of society, business and individual rights made a lasting impression. With a goal of furthering my understanding of these topics, I decided to leave the corporate world and attend law school. After graduation, I have devoted my career to advancing the rights of working men and women.
In the initial years of his career, Mr. Jennings represented labor organizations devoted to protecting the rights of employees. During the past twenty years, he has concentrated on providing services to health and pension funds that provide benefits to construction workers. Mr. Jennings currently provides ongoing representation to dozens of health and pension funds, along with local, regional and national labor organizations. He has also provided personal representation to political and labor leaders throughout the South.
After obtaining an M.B.A. degree, Mr. Jennings worked in a series of managerial positions at General Electric Company, where he was responsible for union and employee relations. Upon graduation from law school, he practiced in Atlanta, Georgia, for a number of years before relocating his practice to Nashville. He joined BS&J in 1977.
A native of Johnson City, Tennessee, Mr. Jennings earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served as editor of the Tennessee Law Review. He received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from East Tennessee State University.
Mr. Jennings is married to Paula, a philanthropist. Their son, Ryan, is a musician, and their daughter, Callie, is an attorney.
Areas of Practice
- General Litigation
- Labor and Employment
- University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1974
- Editor, Tennessee Law Review
- East Tennessee State University, M.B.A., 1966
- East Tennessee State University, B.S., 1964
- Tennessee, 1975
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1975
- Georgia, 1976
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1976
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1979
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
- U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1984
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee,1975
- U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee,1975
Mr. Jennings provides ongoing representation to health and pension funds in connection with litigation concerning:
- Collection of employer delinquencies
- Denial of benefits
- Claims for subrogation/reimbursement to health funds from participants
- Breach of fiduciary duty claims
- Claims against service providers due to errors or omissions, prohibited transactions, and breach of fiduciary liability
- Claims against hospitals, drug companies and other providers for excessive claims or costs
- Withdrawal liability
- Federal and state securities violations
- Consumer fraud
This representation of multiemployer funds involves the wide range of subjects encompassed by ERISA, Taft-Hartley, the IRC, HIPAA and PPACA.
Professional Honors and Activities
- Best Lawyers in America – Labor and Employment Law, 2004 – Present
- AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, 1975 – Present
- Tennessee Bar Association
- State Bar of Georgia
- Cecil D. Branstetter Scholarship Fund
- Laborers’ Care Foundation