Audrey M. Calkins

Associate Memphis

Audrey Calkins represents corporations and management in various types of litigation in federal and state courts and administrative agencies. After her clerkship for U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson ended in 2012, Audrey practiced complex commercial civil litigation in Houston, Texas, before returning to Memphis and focusing on labor and employment law at Ogletree. Since her return to the Bluff City in 2014, Audrey has developed both her investigatory and trial skills. She regularly litigates employment cases in federal and state court and has handled all phases of cases from initial investigation through discovery and trial. Audrey has defended dozens of administrative charges before the EEOC and NLRB. Audrey has also led onsite training for supervisors, management, and employees regarding compliance with employment laws.

In addition to this employment-law-related experience, Audrey’s copyright and trademark experience has found a particular niche within the typical labor and employment cases that Ogletree Deakins focuses on resolving. Her intellectual property experience is valuable to clients with matters touching on non-competition, trade secret, and non-solicitation disputes. In addition to these IP matters, Audrey also represents clients in cases involving more common areas of labor and employment law, such as wage and hour claims (including FLSA collective actions), Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, ADA, and comparable state statutes.

Audrey enjoys training for and participating in triathlons, half marathons, and other road races and is a member of the Memphis Runners Track Club and the Memphis Hightailers.


Litigation - Employment

As second chair in a jury trial in the Western District of Tennessee, Audrey conducted the direct examination of the plaintiff’s supervisor and cross examined the plaintiff’s alleged comparator en route to a complete defense verdict on Plaintiff’s common-law retaliatory discharge and jury service retaliation claims. She also drafted and argued motions in limine and objections to proposed jury instructions.

In a week-long AAA arbitration, Audrey was second chair and cross examined several of the complainant’s witnesses. But more importantly, she reviewed nearly 1,000 pages of hearing transcript and drafted the post-hearing brief that led the arbitrator to find for the respondent on all claims at issue.

Audrey has also defended companies in court against claims of discrimination and harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, and alleged violations of the FLSA, FMLA, ADA, THRA, and Title VII.

Litigation - Labor

Audrey has served as second chair at a labor arbitration alleging termination without good cause. Additionally, she has experience with labor negotiations and has conducted an R-case hearing to determine the appropriate scope of a proposed bargaining unit.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • P.E.O. International
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Association of Women's Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association


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