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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)


  • 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


  • Named, Rising Star - Mid South, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010
  • Named, Top 100 Labor Attorneys in America - Labor Relations Institute, 2007-2009
  • Awarded, Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating