William H. Pickering

William H. Pickering (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

William H. Pickering

Attorney in Chattanooga, TN
Bill Pickering has been providing quality advice and representation to management in labor and employment matters and to educational institutions and governmental clients for more than three decades. Bill's wealth of experience includes the successful defense of employment-related lawsuits in multiple states and the representation of employers in cases before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and National Labor Relations Board.

Bill prepares affirmative action plans for some of the state's largest employers and represents those companies in compliance reviews conducted by the federal government. He also has significant experience in the handling of disputes involving independent contractors. Bill provides practical advice to clients in matters involving employment discrimination and retaliation and works with employers in addressing their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the laws applicable to government contractors.

Bill understands his clients' businesses and uses his experience to assist them in making difficult employment and policy decisions. Bill is committed to excellence and to client service. His peers have given him the highest rating possible for legal ability and adherence to ethical standards. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for the representation of management in Labor and Employment matters.

Bill has been named a Client Service All Star by BTI Consulting Group which selects only about 300 lawyers nationwide for this honor. Selection as a Client Service All Star is based solely on nominations by corporate counsel with Fortune 1000 companies and other large corporations. In 2015, Bill was recognized by BTI as a Client Service MVP for being one of only three attorneys in the nation to be named as an All Star for five years in a row.

Bill is a former President of the Chattanooga Bar Association. He serves as City Attorney for Lookout Mountain, Ga.


•Grace Episcopal Church, former Vestry Member and Senior Warden


Legal Updates


NLRB Evaluating Employer Prohibitions Against Use of Email for Nonbusiness Purposes


Tennessee Attorney General Says Guns in Parking Lots Law Doesn't Prohibit Employee Terminations

Seminars / Events


Chambliss 2015 Annual Labor & Employment Seminar (Firm Seminar)


Annual Labor and Employment Seminar (Firm Seminar)


SHRM Chattanooga Presents What's New in Employment Law in 2014? (Speaking Engagement)


Annual Labor and Employment Seminar (Firm Seminar)

Firm News


Twenty-Four Chambliss Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2016


Chambliss Attorneys Recognized for Superior Client Service


Best Lawyers Awards Five Chambliss Attorneys 2015 Lawyer of the Year Honor


Chambliss Attorneys Receive National Recognition for Stellar Client Service


Chambliss Attorneys Honored by Best Lawyers


•Chattanooga and Tennessee Bar Foundations, fellow
Best Lawyers in America, Chattanooga Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year, 2016
Best Lawyers in America, Chattanooga Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2015
BTI Client Service All-Stars in Labor and Employment Law and Complex Litigation, The BTI Consulting Group, 2011-2015
Best Lawyers in America, Labor Law-Management, Employment Law-Management, and Labor and Employment Litigation
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
•Avvo 10.0 Rating
Vanderbilt Law Review, Associate Editor
•Phi Beta Kappa

Client Rating N/A
Peer Rating 5.0 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Compliance Counseling and Training
  • Litigation and Administrative Actions
  • Municipal Litigation and Representation
  • Litigation and Risk Management
  • Antitrust
  • Trade Regulation and Product Distribution
  • Class Actions
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Food and Beverage
  • Municipal and Government
  • Education

Peer Reviews

Peer Reviews
AV Rated
Peer Rating
High Ethical Standard
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1976, Alabama, Georgia and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
1979, Tennessee and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
1980, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
2005, U. S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Law School Attended
Vanderbilt University
Class of 1976
University Attended
University of the South
Class of 1973
magna cum laude
Birth Information
Born in 1951
Chattanooga, Tennessee, December 14, 1951
Associations & Memberships


Bar Associations

•Chattanooga Bar Association, past President
•Lookout Mountain Bar Association
•Tennessee Bar Association
•State Bar of Georgia
•Alabama State Bar
•American Bar Association, Sections of Labor & Employment Law and Litigation

Bar Fellowship
Tennessee Bar Foundation.
Representative Cases
Experience: Successful defense of Tennessee health care provider in federal age discrimination suit; jury verdict for defendant following four-day trial; Successful defense of manufacturer in California class action involving alleged violations of wage and hour laws; Successful representation of two Tennessee employers in separate suits to enforce noncompetition and trade secrecy agreements; Successful defense of separate lawsuits by School System administrators alleging statutory violations and breach of contract in connection with merger of City and County Schools; decisions in client's favor affirmed by Tennessee Court of Appeals in both cases; Successful defense of Tennessee manufacturer in federal court lawsuit alleging violations of ERISA and the Family and Medical Leave Act; Successful defense of Georgia personal injury action in which permanently disabled plaintiff alleged that independent contractor was client's employee; Successful defense of Tennessee manufacturer in federal court suit alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act; decision in client's favor affirmed by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; Successful defense of Mississippi suit for alleged breach of independent contractor agreement; Successful defense of Tennessee manufacturer in federal court suit alleging race discrimination and retaliation; decision in client's favor affirmed by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; Successful defense of Arkansas federal court suit for alleged violations of Americans with Disabilities Act; jury verdict for defendant following three-day trial

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Community Contributions
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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.
Liberty Tower|Suite 1700, 605 Chestnut Street,
Chattanooga, TN 37450
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Office Information
Office Information
William H. Pickering
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.
Liberty Tower|Suite 1700, 605 Chestnut Street,
Chattanooga, TN 37450

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. (Chattanooga, Tennessee)