John G. Harrison

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Mr. Harrison is licensed and practices in both Texas and Tennessee. He is Board certified as a labor and employment law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His practice is devoted exclusively to the representation of employers in matters of personnel policies and practices, labor and employment litigation, wage-hour compliance and other workplace issues.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Baylor University, Mr. Harrison attended the University of Virginia School of Law and focused his studies on labor and employment topics. After graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Sidney A. Fitzwater of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. Thereafter, Mr. Harrison joined McFall Law Firm, a Dallas, Texas labor law boutique that became the Ogletree Deakins Dallas office in January 2000.

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Mr. Harrison has extensive experience in the litigation of claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the United States. See, e.g., Newcomb v. Allergy and ENT Associates of Middle Tennessee, 2013 WL 3976627 (M.D. Tenn. 2013); Forbus v. Andrews Distrib. Co. of North Texas, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26116 (N.D. Tex. 2005); Taylor v. Nickels & Dimes, Inc., 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14549, aff’d., 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 13103 (5th Cir. 2003); Piper v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., 970 F. Supp. 566 (E.D. Tex. 1997); EEOC v. The Turtle Creek Mansion Corp., 1995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12788 (N.D. Tex. 1995), aff’d., 82 F.3d 414 (5th Cir. 1996).  

A particular specialty is the design and enforcement of alternative dispute resolution programs and mandatory arbitration agreements, including agreements with class action waivers. See Garrett v. Circuit City Stores, Inc., 449 F.3d 675 (5th Cir. 2006); Gannon v. Circuit City Stores, Inc., 262 F.3d 677 (8th Cir. 2001); Circuit City Stores, Inc. v. Curry, 946 S.W.2d 486 (Tex. App. – Forth Worth 1997, no writ).


  • J.D., University of Virginia, 1991
  • B.A., Baylor University, 1988

Admittance to Practice

  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Supreme Court of Tennessee
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Special Legal Counsel Marketplace Chaplains USA (Former Director)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (Lecturer)
  • HR Southwest Conference (Lecturer)
  • Ogletree Deakins Hospitality Practice Group
  • Tennessee Hotel & Lodging Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Arbitration Update: Pros and Cons and What Courts Like (and Don't Like)" - Chicago - May 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Mean Girls (and Boys): The Trend Toward Outlawing Bullying in the Workplace" - Nashville - April 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Arbitration Agreement "Smack Down": Class Action Waivers Take A Bruising" - Phoenix - May 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Hospitality Industry Update 2012: Stories From the Front Lines" - Phoenix - May 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Independent Contractors – Endangered Species?" - Knoxville and Nashville - October 12 - 13, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Fair Labor Standards Act: The Basics" - Nashville - October 2008
  • Conference on Consumer Finance Law - "Defenses to Union Organizing" - Oklahoma City - October 1999
  • HR Southwest Human Resources Conference - "Our Side of the Story: Communicating Employment Decisions with Clarity and Conviction" - 1999
  • Society for Human Resource Management - "Arbitration Agreements" - McAllen - 1998
  • Meadows Foundation/Center for Nonprofit Management - "Employment Law: Hiring, Supervising, and Firing" - 1998 - 2001
  • National Association for Church Business Administrators - "Employment Law Update" - 1987 - 2005
  • November 2017 - HR Magazine - "Guns in the Workplace"
  • January 13, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Open Carry in Texas: Employer Rights and Responsibilities"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Best Lawyers in America (2016-present)
  • Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine
  • BTI All-Star for outstanding client service
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

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