Dave Garrison handles complex civil litigation matters in federal and state court throughout the country, as well as in arbitration. These cases include employment-related disputes, business disputes, and personal injury matters.
A significant part of Dave’s practice involves the representation of employees, including workers involved in wage and overtime pay disputes, whistleblowers who have uncovered fraud on the government, executives in severance negotiations, and employees who have suffered discrimination. As lead counsel in wage and hour collective and class actions, Dave has negotiated dozens of settlements resulting in the payment of millions of dollars in wages to thousands of workers and leading to systematic policy changes. He also maintains an active labor law practice, serving as counsel to several labor unions.
Dave has tried a number of complex civil cases to jury verdicts. These trials include class and collective actions, as well as trials on behalf of individuals. Though the vast majority of his cases reach favorable settlements, Dave is not afraid to take his cases through trial to secure judgments on behalf of his clients.
In addition to his law practice, Dave Garrison is active in politics and his community. He served on President Obama’s 2012 National Finance Committee and served as Treasurer of the Tennessee Democratic Party from 2009 through 2012. In 2000, he was Assistant Policy Coordinator for the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign, where he worked with Vice President Gore’s senior policy advisors in the development and communication of the campaign’s policy agenda.
Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 2005
Vanderbilt Law School, Visiting Student, 2004 - 2005
DePauw University, B.A., 2001
Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013 - 2019
Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
Metro Nashville Human Relations Commission, Commissioner June 2016 - 2019
A Better Balance, Board Member, 2015 - 2016
Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law, 2015
Harry Phillips Chapter of the American Inn of Court
AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance
DePauw University Board of Trustees, 2001 - 2004
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