William (“Bill”) Rutchow joined the firm in 1988. After several years in the Greenville, South Carolina office, he moved to the Nashville office in 1995. He is currently a Shareholder in the Nashville office. Bill currently concentrates his practice in three areas: Workplace Safety and Health, Unfair Competition/Trade Secrets, and Employment Litigation. Bill also has experience in commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, and NLRB proceedings.
Workplace Safety and Health – Bill has extensive experience in crisis management for clients involved in workplace accidents resulting in fatalities, injuries, and/or significant property damage. Bill represents clients in proceedings before OSHA, CSB and state OSHA plans.
Unfair Competition/Trade Secret Litigation – Bill has represented clients in unfair competition disputes including matters involving breach of contract, fraud, deceptive trade practices, violation of restrictive covenants and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Employment Litigation – Bill has successfully defended employers in employment litigation throughout his career both in proceedings before administrative agencies such as the EEOC and DOL and before state and federal courts. He has tried cases involving Title VII, ADEA, ADA, Tennessee Human Rights Act, retaliatory discharge, whistleblower, FLSA and breach of employment contracts.
Bill is a member of the firm’s Ethics Committee, the Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Practice Group, the Workplace Safety Practice Group, the Traditional Labor Law Practice Group and the Litigation Practice Group. He is a frequent author and speaker on employment-related topics.