Overview

Tanja l. Thompson dedicates her practice to representing companies in the area of traditional labor law. National Fortune 500 companies as well as local employers across various industries, such as manufacturing, healthcare, and services, seek her expertise in remaining union-free and in managing their union-represented workplaces. Union-free efforts include campaigns, comprehensive union vulnerability assessments, human relations audits, communication strategies, and union avoidance and positive employee relations training. She has successfully represented companies throughout the country in union organizing campaigns. Recent successes include:

  • Two decertification elections in bargaining units that had been in place for over 40 years
  • A union organizing drive in Puerto Rico led by a local union for a Fortune 100 company
  • A first and second election at the same site in the Boston area within a two-year period

Tanja’s NLRB litigation practice includes unfair labor practice charges, as well as pre- and post-election litigation. Her recent employer wins include:

  • Successful litigation of bargaining unit issues for a Fortune 100 Company
  • Successful litigation of challenged ballots for an election win
  • Successful litigation of a jurisdictional dispute before the NLRB that resulted in the dismissal of the union’s petition in Memphis

For unionized clients, Tanja takes a proactive and assertive approach in representing clients’ interests at the bargaining table, in labor arbitrations, and in developing training and communication programs to ensure effective management under collective bargaining agreements.

Tanja improves business outcomes for companies by counseling employers and reducing risks in the areas of:

  • Daily labor and employment matters
  • Discipline and discharge
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Communication and change strategies
  • Employee surveys and vulnerability assessments
  • Personnel file documentation
  • Section 7 activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)

Professional and Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Employer Co-Chair

Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRA, Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

Tennessee Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

Memphis Bar Association

Former President

Alumni Chapter

University of Memphis Law School

Former Barrister

Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court

Member

Labor Lawyers Advisory Council

National CUE Association

Member

Labor Relations Advisory Committee

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Mid South

Super Lawyers

2010

Named, Top 100 Labor Attorneys in America

Labor Relations Institute

2007-2009

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Publications & Press

Supreme Court Holds NLRB Recess Appointments Invalid

HR Professionals Magazine

August 2014

Has Specialty Healthcare Changed the Landscape in Organizing and Representation Proceedings?

Journal of Labor & Employment Law

American Bar Association, Vol. 29, No. 3

Spring 2014

Maintaining the Confidentiality of Workplace Investigations Just Got More Complicated

HR Professionals Magazine

October 2013

Can the NLRB Prohibit Confidentiality of Workplace Investigations?

HR Professionals Magazine

October 2012

New NLRB Election Rules are Short Lived

HR Professionals of Greater Memphis

Vol. 2, No. 6

June 2012

Proposed NLRB Election Rules

HR Professionals of Greater Memphis

September 2011

Toering Electric Co: NLRB Limits Job Protection for Job Applicants to Those with Genuine Interest in an Employment Relationship

Section of Labor and Employment Law

American Bar Association

2007

Weapons in the Workplace: The Effect of Tennessee's Concealed Weapons Statute on Employer Liability

28 University of Memphis Law Review 281

1997

Books and Chapters

  • The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act, Cumulative Supplement, Bloomberg BNA, 1st-6th Eds., co-editor-in-chief, 2009-2014
  • Guide to Workplace Law, Random House, 2nd Ed., American Bar Association, associate editor, 2006

Speaking Engagements

Labor Update

April 8, 2015

A Conversation with the NLRB General Counsel

Annual CLE - Memphis Bar Association, Memphis, TN

December 5, 2014

Protected and Concerted Activity in the Digital Age

Annual CLE, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association, Los Angeles, CA

November 8, 2014

Insubordination, Defamation, Individual Gripe, or Today’s Protected, Concerted Activity?

CUE Conference, Atlanta, GA

October 7, 2014

Protecting Your Company’s Property Rights in Today’s Labor Environment

The 2014 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2014

How to Talk to Your Employees About Unions

CUE Conference, Las Vegas, NV

April 28, 2014

National Labor Relations Board Update: What's On the NLRB's Agenda in 2014

Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association Webinar

December 11, 2013

Has Specialty Healthcare Changed the Landscape in Organizing and Representation Proceedings?

7th Annual Conference, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association, New Orleans, LA

November 7, 2013

The Toxic Employee

Lunch in the Know -The Greater Memphis Chamber

October 22, 2013

Employee Access to the Employer's Property

CUE Conference, Nashville, TN

October 1, 2013

Labor Crisis—The NLRB Targets Nonunion and Union Employers, Significantly Expanding Its Reach During a Tumultuous Time

The 2013 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 9, 2013

The ADA in Real Life

Memphis, TN

March 21, 2013

NLRB Rulings: Think They Don't Impact Non-Union Employers? Think Again

American Bar Association Webinar

November 28, 2012

The Toxic Employee

Memphis Restaurant Association

November 7, 2012

Ask the Experts

CUE Conference, San Antonio, TX

October 28, 2012

Mentoring for Lawyers

The Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court, Memphis, TN

October 9, 2012

Is Your Handbook Legal? – Handbook Scrutiny by Today’s NLRB

Lunch Byte – Littler Mendelson, Memphis, TN

July 19, 2012

Employers and Employees on the Web – Have We All Gone Too Far?

Memphis Better Business Bureau

July 10, 2012

Trying an NLRB Case - Pre-Trial Process, Procedure, and Insights

Annual CLE, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association, Seattle, WA

November 4, 2011

The Times They Are a Changing: Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law

Annual CLE, Memphis Bar Association, Destin, FL

May 2011

Full Speed Ahead: A Review of Recent NLRB Decisions and Regulatory Actions

Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association Webinar

March 16, 2011

Labor and Employment Law Update: Perceptions and Predictions

Annual CLE, Memphis Bar Association, Destin, FL

April 28, 2010

As the Pendulum Swings: The Role of Precedent in National Labor Relations Board Decisions

Annual CLE, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.

November 6, 2009

Labor Law for Employment Lawyers

Annual CLE, Labor and Employment Law Section - Memphis Bar Association, Memphis, TN

December 2008

Mock NLRB Representation Case Hearing

Annual CLE, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association, Denver, CO

November 2008

Update on the NLRB's September 2007 Decisions

DLL Midwinter Meeting, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association

February 2008

September Steamroll or Standard Operating Procedure?

Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association Webinar

2008

Leadership Positions in the Law

Professional Women's Business Group, Jackson, MS

2006

An Exercise in Discretion - An Newly Organized or Successor Employer's Duty to Bargain About Implementing Decisions

DLL Midwinter Meeting, Labor and Employment Law Section - American Bar Association

February 2004

Education

  • J.D., University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1997
  • B.A., Rhodes College, 1993

Bar Admission

Tennessee

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee