M. Tae Phillips

Shareholder || Birmingham

Tae focuses his practice on assisting clients with the many labor and employment challenges they face on a daily basis. He has been recognized by his peers by receiving an “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell and being selected as a “Rising Star” by Alabama and Mid-South Super Lawyers and the Birmingham Business Journal.

Aside from producing positive results, Tae maintains a client-centric approach to his practice and strives to provide exceptional and responsive client service. His primary goal in representing clients is to provide them with collaborative, efficient, and business-centered solutions to workplace disputes and issues.

A significant portion of Tae’s practice consists of employment litigation, and he regularly defends clients before federal and state courts and administrative agencies involving all types of employment claims, including collective action wage & hour cases. He also assists employers in traditional labor matters such as Union avoidance, election campaigns, collective bargaining, and labor arbitrations.

Tae is heavily involved in the firm’s Drug Testing Practice Group, where he advises clients on all aspects of drug and alcohol testing. Tae is also a national expert on marijuana issues in the workplace, and regularly assists clients across the country in handling issues involving medical and recreational marijuana. He also advises clients on disputes involving disability access under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and non-compete agreements.

Prior to joining Ogletree, Tae practiced general civil litigation in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated cum laude from the University of Montevallo in 2006, and from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2009 where he served on the Alabama Law Review.

Tae is an active member of the American, National Asian-Pacific, and Birmingham Bar Associations. He is also a frequent speaker to groups across the country on a variety of labor and employment topics. Outside of work, Tae is proud to volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and serve on the Junior Board of Directors for the University of Montevallo and Hands On Birmingham. He enjoys the Chicago Cubs, University of Alabama athletics, golf, and traveling.

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Tae represents employers in federal and state courts across the country, before the American Arbitration Association, and before traditional labor arbitrators. His litigation experience includes representing clients in matters arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He also has significant experience representing clients in Alabama state law retaliatory discharge cases.

In addition to formal litigation, Tae represents clients before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and the Alabama Department of Labor.

Highlights from the past few years of Tae’s practice include:

Reported Cases

Education

Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section Young Lawyers Division Fellow – Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee; Young Lawyers Division – Labor and Employment Committee Chair)
  • National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Committee; Young Lawyers Network)
  • Alabama State Bar Association (Federal Court Practice Section; Labor and Employment Section; Young Lawyers Section)
  • Birmingham Bar Association (Federal Practice Section; Young Lawyers Section; Future Leaders Forum Committee)
  • Mobile Bar Association (Young Lawyers Section – Executive Committee)
  • University of Montevallo (Junior Board Member)
  • Hands On Birmingham (Junior Board Member)
  • Legal Leaders of Greater Birmingham – Muscular Dystrophy Association (2013)

Speeches

Insights by M. Tae Phillips