Christopher W. Cardwell Partner



Chris Cardwell is a trial lawyer in GSRM’s Litigation and Labor and Employment practice groups.  He serves on the firm’s management, marketing and staff committees, leads the Labor and Employment practice group, and is the former section leader of the Litigation practice group. Chris represents life sciences, healthcare, railroad and transportation, and entertainment companies in complex commercial, employment, and intellectual property lawsuits.

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Chris’ employment law experience includes defending cases brought under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, USERRA, and the FLSA.  He also frequently handles lawsuits involving non-competition agreements and the misappropriation of trade secrets.

Chris is Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Railroad Law and in Mid-South Super Lawyers for Employment Litigation: Defense.

Outside of the office, Chris serves on the Alumni Association Executive Board of his alma mater, Rhodes College, and on the Executive Committee of Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees.

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Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment and Litigation sections
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment and Litigation sections
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Foundation
    • Leadership Forum Mentoring Program
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
    • Board of Trustees
    • Executive Committee, Legal Counsel
  • Rhodes College’s Alumni Association Executive Board
  • Nashville State Community College Foundation
    • Past Member, Board of Trustees

Honors & Awards

  • Nashville Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation – Labor & Employment, Commercial Litigation, and Railroad Law
  • Named a Mid-South Rising Star in Employment Litigation by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers for Employment Litigation: Defense