Farris Bobango PLC

Richard D. Bennett
Memphis Office
(901) 259-7100 (voice)
(901) 259-7150 (fax)
Areas of Practice
Administrative Law/Government Relations
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Construction Law
Employment Law
Labor Law
Business Law
State and Local Government
Real Estate
Transportation Law
Bar Admissions
Tennessee, 1988
U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis, Tennessee, 1988

University of Tennessee, Martin, Tennessee
Honors: With Honors
Major: Public Administration
Representative Cases
Ragsdale v. Wolverine World Wide, Inc., 535 U.S. 81, 122 S. Ct. 1155, 152 L. Ed. 2d 167 (U.S. Supreme Court 2002)
Hayes v Tyson, et. al., 2005 Tenn. App. LEXIS 227 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2005)
Bobo v. Wolverine World Wide, Inc., 13 F. Supp. 2d 887 (E.D. Ark. 1998)
McKinna v Lasco, Inc., 1997 Tenn. App. LEXIS 200, 73 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1018 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1997)
Yates v. Process Systems, Inc., 766 F. Supp. 726 (S.D. Iowa  1991)
Perkins v. Carroll, 2011 WL 1431465 (W.D. Tenn. 2011)
Cardwell v. Building Plastics, Inc., 2009  WL 2749964 (W.D. Tenn. 2009)
Rock-Tenn Converting Company v. City of Memphis, 2014 WL 4415943 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2014)
Honors and Awards
Recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyer, in the practice areas of Employment and Labor, Business Litigation and Construction Litigation categories.

Mr. Bennett is AV® Peer Review Rated - the highest possible peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Named a Memphis Top 50 Attorney in the Memphis Area Super Lawyers, 2012 edition.

Listed as one of the top 100 SuperLawyers in Tennessee for 2013.

Named by Best Lawyers in the fields of Construction Law and Employment Law-Individuals.

Named by Best Lawyers as "Lawyer of the Year" in Construction Law, Memphis 2014.

Named by Best Lawyers as "Lawyer of the Year" in Employment Law - Individuals, Memphis 2017.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America 2014.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Memphis Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section

Tennessee Bar Association
Memphis Bar Foundation
Pi Kappa Alpha
Phi Alpha Delta
Richard D. Bennett

Mr. Bennett’s practice is concentrated in the areas of general civil and commercial litigation and governmental relations. Mr. Bennett’s primary areas of practice includes construction contract and lien disputes, employment and labor relations law, and business disputes. Mr. Bennett’s other areas of practice include government relations, transportation law, business formation and counseling for small businesses. Mr. Bennett has represented clients before numerous state and federal trial courts, Sixth and Eighth Courts of Appeals, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2002, he successfully argued the first FMLA case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court representing the employer in Ragsdale v. Wolverine World Wide, Inc

He is also a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and serves on the Board of Directors and as the General Counsel for the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Tennessee. He is also a member of the City of Germantown Planning Commission.


Mr. Bennett has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine as well as listed in the Top 50 Memphis Area Super Lawyers 2012.
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Twelve attorneys with Farris Bobango Branan PLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America 2013.
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Mr. Bennett was listed as one of the top 100 SuperLawyers in Tennessee for 2013.
Twelve attorneys with Farris Bobango Branan PLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America 2014. In addition, Mr. Bennett has been named Memphis Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year".

Farris Bobango is pleased to announce that thirteen attorneys from the Memphis office have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of Best Lawyers in America 2015.
Thirteen lawyers from Farris Bobango PLC have been selected by their peers for inclusion in 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.  
Eight Farris Bobango attorneys have been named "2015 Super Lawyers" in their practice areas for the tri-state region of Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine.
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