Luther Wright, Jr.

Of Counsel Nashville

After graduating from Vanderbilt University School of Law, Luther Wright, Jr. began his career with a general practice firm in the litigation section. He spent the first several years of his legal career practicing in the general litigation area before joining the Labor & Employment team. He has significant experience in the areas of labor and employment law, corporate business litigation and complex litigation, including class action and collective action lawsuits. He typically represents management in all forms of employment discrimination litigation, including litigation based on federal anti-discrimination statutes, state statutes and common law, violence in the workplace, Fair Labor Standards Act claims and independent contractor disputes. Luther also devotes a significant amount of his practice to day-to-day client advice and supervisor/employee training.


Luther has experience representing banks, national gaming companies, automotive companies, government contractors, hospitals, restaurants, retail establishments, closely held businesses and entertainment companies in employment and business litigation. He has represented clients in litigation based on federal and state anti-discrimination laws, state tort litigation, personal injury matters involving commercial vehicles, claims under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, class action and multi-plaintiff litigation. He has practiced before Tennessee trial courts throughout the State of Tennessee, Federal District Courts in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits. A highly evaluated public speaker, Luther has spoken before numerous industry groups, professional associations and clients across the country on topics ranging from implementation of employee discipline to respect in the workplace. His 1995 Law Review article, Who’s Black, Who’s White and Who Cares: Reconceptualizing the United States’ Definition of Race and Racial Classifications, 48 Vand. L. R.513 (1995) has been excerpted in more than 10 books and has been consistently cited in scholarly publications and textbooks since its publication.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association (former Board Member and Chair of the Minority Opportunities Committee)
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Nashville Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Memphis Bar Association (non-resident member)
  • Napier-Looby Bar Association (Past President)
  • Growth Enterprises Nashville, Inc. (Board Member)
  • Lawyers' Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter (Member and Past Programming Chair)
  • Renewal House (past Board Member and member of the Personnel Committee)
  • Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) (past Board Chair)
  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors (Past Governor)
  • 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee


  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Comfort Dogs, Nut-Free Environments, and Odorless Workplaces—The Expansion of "Reasonable" Accommodations'' - Nashville - October 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Top Ten FMLA Questions Answered'' - Nashville - October 29, 2014
  • Middle Tennessee SHRM Midsouth Employment Law Conference - ''Tripwires and Twitters: The NLRB's Ever Expanding Concerted Activity Theories'' - Nashville - October 17, 2014
  • American Healthcare Lawyers Association, Long Term Care and the Law Conference - ''Labor and Employment Law Issue Update for Corporate Counsel'' - Las Vegas - February 20, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - ''You're Still Not the Boss of Me - Regulating Employee Conduct On and Off the Job'' - Franklin - October 24, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - ''Lies, More Lies and EEOC Charges: Strategies for Responding'' - Nashville - April 18, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - ''Taming the Three Headed Monster - Update on ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation'' - Franklin - October 26, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - ''Employer CSI: Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations'' - Chattanooga - April 26, 2011
  • Electronic Recordkeeping webinar - ''Electronic Recordkeeping: The Legal Dos and Don’ts of Scanning, Storing, and Deleting Your HR Documents'' - November 16, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor & Employment Law Briefing - ''Pay and Promotion: The Next Wave of Litigation'' - Knoxville and Nashville - October 12 - October 13, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor & Employment Law Briefing - ''Social Media: All Risks and No Reward'' - Knoxville and Nashville - April 28 - April 29, 2010

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Media Quotes

April 26, 2018 - Ink World - "NAPIM Puts Focus on Emergency Preparedness During Annual Convention"
March 05, 2018 - SHRM Online - "HR Must Act Quickly in Response to Domestic Violence Allegations"
June 06, 2017 - SHRM Online - "How Can HR Professionals Respond to an Active Shooter Situation in the Workplace?"