Jonathan O. Harris

Office Managing Shareholder || Nashville

Mr. Harris represents management in a wide variety of employment-related matters. In addition to defending single-plaintiff lawsuits, Jon also represents employers in class and collective actions. He has handled countless Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges and defended employers in lawsuits brought by the EEOC, including matters where the agency has asserted systemic claims on behalf of multiple claimants.

In his decade-plus at Ogletree Deakins, Jon has obtained numerous successes, both in federal and state court. More than 70 cases can be found on Westlaw, where he was counsel for the defense; many of those decisions report dismissal on behalf of his clients. Jon is not afraid to represent employers in cases involving challenging facts, and he enjoys the opportunity to take a case to trial.

Jon is a frequent speaker on topics relating to all types of employment issues, and he works with clients on preventive strategies to avoid discrimination, retaliation and other employment claims. After graduating from the Washington University School of Law, from 2000 to 2001, Jon served as a law clerk for the Honorable E. Richard Weber, a United States District Court Judge in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Jon is a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. He has been recognized by the publications The Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers, and his peers have rated him as “AV Preeminent” in Martindale-Hubbell. Jon is the co-chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Nashville Bar Association, a member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Council, and a board member of Middle Tennessee Society for Human Resources Managers.

Learn more about Jonathan O. Harris

Litigation Against the EEOC

Class and Collective Experience

Experience Defending Single-Plaintiff Employment Cases

Appellate Experience


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • Nashville Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section Co-Chair)
  • Tennessee Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Law Executive Council)
  • Middle Tennessee SHRM (Legislative Chair)
  • American Bar Association


Best Lawyers Award Badge

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