NASHVILLE, TN (June 26, 2015) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, continues to expand its presence in Nashville. Shareholder Tim Rybacki is relocating his practice to Nashville from Littler’s Houston office, while Roger Scruggs recently joined as an associate from King & Ballow. The addition of Rybacki and Scruggs signals the sustained growth of Littler’s Nashville office.
“Adding top notch talent to our Nashville office is a priority, and we are thrilled to have Tim and Roger as part of our local team,” said Jen Robinson, Nashville’s office managing shareholder. “I am especially delighted because Tim, one of the firm’s many accomplished attorneys in the labor arena, expands our breadth of practice at a time when employers are recognizing the need to be attuned to labor issues regardless of whether they have done so in the past. He is an exceptional attorney with a broad range of experience litigating high-stakes labor, trade secrets, and unfair competition matters, and we look forward to his contributions as we further grow our footprint throughout the region and nationally.”
About Timothy A. Rybacki
Rybacki represents employers across all areas of labor and employment law, with a primary emphasis on matters involving labor-management relations, union avoidance, unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, and non-competition matters. He regularly practices in federal and state trial and appellate courts and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He also has successfully litigated many labor arbitrations for clients that are parties to collective bargaining agreements. In the unfair competition arena, Rybacki has obtained permanent and temporary injunctions and helped guide clients to substantial monetary recoveries related to competitors’ thefts of trade secrets and breaches of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. Most recently, he was part of a litigation team that obtained a $12.5 million verdict and stipulated judgments of $28.5 million in a complex trade secrets case in the financial industry. Additionally, he helped guide a firm client to high-profile victories against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in the Texas First Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court.
Rybacki is a frequent author and speaker on developments in labor law, competition and trade secret issues, with works appearing in such publications as the Texas Journal of Business Law. In law school, he received the American Bar Association and Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law, received the W. Richard Smith Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and Research Writing, received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Wage and Hour Law by Emory University School of Law, and served as Executive Managing Editor of the Emory International Law Review. Prior to receiving his J.D. from Emory University School of Law, Rybacki received his B.B.A. from the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business.
About Roger D. Scruggs
Scruggs’ practice includes representation of employers in a variety of areas, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, independent contractor status, background checks and religious and disability accommodation. In litigation, he has represented employers in federal and state court against both single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits, with a focus on wage and hour class and collective actions. He has also defended employers before various federal state agencies, including the EEOC and the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.
In 2009 and 2010, he was the recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award, and in 2010, he also received the CALI Award for Excellence in Law and Medicine by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. He received his J.D. from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Georgia.
Littler’s Nashville office opened in 2011 under the leadership of Jen Robinson. The office recently received a Band One ranking in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business and was recognized by the Nashville Business Journal on its 2015 list of “Best Places to Work.”
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 60 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 70 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.