Jennifer S. Rusie

Shareholder || Nashville

Jennifer Rusie represents management in the area of labor and employment law with an emphasis on employment litigation, including cases involving Title VII, the ADAAA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, common law wrongful termination, and restrictive covenants. Additionally, approximately half of Jennifer’s practice is devoted to Title III of the ADA – both architectural issues and website accessibility. In addition to representing and counseling employers in labor and employment matters, Jennifer represents companies in general litigation matters ranging from Tennessee Consumer Protection Act claims to contract disputes and claims of fraudulent misrepresentation. Jennifer has extensive experience investigating and litigating issues of sexual harassment in the workplace. Additionally, Jennifer’s practice regularly involves advising employers on the topic of payroll cards and ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations in this emerging area of law.

Ms. Rusie is a frequent speaker on topics relating to all types of employment issues and works with clients on preventive strategies to avoid discrimination, retaliation and other employment claims. Ms. Rusie has been practicing law since graduating from NYU School of Law in 2003. She joined Ogletree Deakins in 2006 after practicing in the area of general commercial litigation, and was elected to shareholder status in 2012.

Ms. Rusie is the co-chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Nashville Bar Association, and is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Lawyers Association for Women. Ms. Rusie was elected to become a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation in 2015.

Learn more about Jennifer S. Rusie
  • Lead counsel in multi-plaintiff racial hostile work environment lawsuit against a national hotel chain
  • Counsel in litigation against the EEOC involving claims of statutory rape of a minor at a national retailer
  • Represent public accommodations in lawsuits and pre-litigation disputes regarding website accessibility and advise on website remediation
  • Conduct inspections of nationwide retailers for compliance with Title III of ADA
  • Represent colleges and universities in responding to OCR complaints
  • Lead counsel in various other single-plaintiff employment discrimination cases in federal and state court
  • Advise employers regarding payroll cards and ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Obtained victory at Supreme Court of Tennessee enforcing arbitration agreement
  • Conduct sensitive investigations of alleged workplace misconduct and advising employers on these issues


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1999

Admittance to Practice

  • Tennessee
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky

Professional Activities

  • Nashville Bar Association (Co-chair of Labor and Employment Section)
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Lawyers Association for Women


  • American Legislative Exchange Council - "Legislative Action Regarding the Overlitigation of ADA Claims" - Nashville - December 7, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "Changing Technology, Flexible Schedules and More: The Multi-Generational Workforce" - October 11, 2017
  • BbWorld Conference - "Website Accessibility: What Every Educational Institution Should Know" - New Orleans - July 26, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Managing Millennials and Combining the Generations for a Productive Workplace" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Pardon the Interruption! Workplace Strategies Style" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Dealing with Racial Tension in the Workplace" - Nashville - April 2017
  • Florida Bar Association Education Committee - "Website Accessibility: What Every Educational Institution Needs to Know" - Orlando - January 30, 2017
  • Tennessee Bar Association Federal Practice Seminar - "Pre-Trial Practice: Pleadings and Pre-Answer Motions" - Nashville - July 28, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Maximizing Employee Success Through Effective Onboarding" - Chicago - May 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "How to Be a Super Sleuth: Preparing for and Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations" - Huntsville - August 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Maximizing Employee Success Through Effective Onboarding" - San Antonio - May 2015
  • Nashville Bar Association - "Everything I Needed to Know about Employment Law I Learned from Hollywood" - Nashville - October 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Guns, Drugs and Marriage—a Year of Employment Law in Review" - Nashville - October 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "It’s All in the Cards: The Legal and Practical Pros and Cons of Payroll Cards" - Las Vegas - June 2014
  • Tennessee Bar Association - "Everything I Needed to Know about Employment Law I Learned from Hollywood" - Nashville - June 2014
  • Tennessee SHRM State Conference - "Protecting Your Company’s Bottom Line by Avoiding Costly HR Mistakes" - Nashville - September 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "ADAAA and Reasonable Accommodation" - Nashville - April 2013
  • April 2014 - Paytech - "Payroll Cards in the Spotlight"
  • January 2014 - Tennessee Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Newsletter - "Legal Implications of Payroll Cards"
  • October 18, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Don’t Require Employees to Keep Written Warnings Confidential"
  • May 18, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Understand Millennials to Bolster Job Retention"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star (2017)
  • Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Best Lawyers in America (2018-present)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2018)

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