Kierstin Jodway is an associate in the firm’s Nashville office and is a member of the Labor, Employment, and Workplace Safety practice group. Kierstin’s practice focuses on representing employers in complex employment disputes. She has experience with a full-range of employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, medical and religious accommodations, wage and hour, and medical leave. Her experience spans numerous industries and sizes, from start-up ventures to publicly traded companies, with concentrations in health care and manufacturing.
In addition to her litigation practice, Kierstin specializes in conducting internal investigations for clients to address issues of alleged harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other employment issues. She counsels employers on sensitive terminations and legal compliance and helps them draft and implement key employment policies and procedures.
Kierstin is passionate about providing clients with both legal and practical business-related advice on improving their workplace culture, morale, diversity, inclusion, and equity. She utilizes her experience as a professional, woman, and member of the LGBTQ+ community to develop and offer trainings to clients on a wide-range of employment topics.
Prior to joining the firm, Kierstin served as an associate at an Am Law 200 Nashville law firm where she counseled clients on employment matters, conducted internal employee investigations, and gained significant employment litigation defense experience, including civil cases at both the state and federal levels. She also defended employers in charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC and related state agencies. In addition to a heavy litigation practice, Kierstin drafted employment handbooks and policies as well as provided employment training to in-house counsel, judges, and employees.
Prior to entering private practice, Kierstin served as an Assistant Attorney General in Tennessee. During that time, Kierstin represented all of Tennessee’s state departments and advised many of them on various employment issues in addition to representing them in court. She also represented certain state colleges and universities and gained invaluable experience with Title IX issues during her time at the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office.
- Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2021-2022
- Outstanding Committee Award - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, 2021-2022 (Lawyers Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter)
- Newsletter Editor and Board Member, Lawyers’ Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter and previously served as Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
- Member of, and volunteer for, the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation
- Member, National LGBT Bar Association
- Member, Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association
- Member, Nashville Bar Association
- “Exploring Wage & Hour Issues for Country Clubs,” Client Presentation, 4 October 2021
- “Sexual and Other Harassment in the Workplace,” Client Presentation, Summer 2021
- Author, “Pumping 9 to 5: Why the FLSA’s Provisions Provide Illusory Protections for Breastfeeding Moms in the Workplace,” Belmont Law Review, Spring 2017
- Co-Author, “Coronavirus: Preparing for Patients with Communication Barriers,” Chambers and Partners, April 2020
- Author, “I’m Not Listening,” LAW Matters, February 2022