Anne C. Martin concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and employment law, representing both employers and employees. She represents many different companies and individuals with a variety of business problems. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University College of Law and has served as a guest lecturer at the Belmont University Center for Entrepreneurship.
Anne loves being a lawyer and attributes that to excellent mentoring by lawyers who taught her how to provide good client service, how to appropriately and effectively communicate with her clients and what was expected of her by judges before whom she appears. Anne is proud of the clients she has helped over the years and of the recognition she has achieved for her leadership among her peers. She prides herself on being a problem solver, whether that means litigation or negotiation. She is especially skilled at taking a client’s problem, analyzing it, determining the best means of achieving the client’s objective, all while keeping in mind the type and size of the issues involved.
Anne has practiced extensively in the state and federal civil courts in Middle Tennessee, as well as other parts of the State. She has handled over 130 cases in the Davidson County Chancery Court, including multi-year complex litigation matters involving expert proof and multiple court hearings. As an example, Anne handled litigation for Fisk University over a number of years in a case in which it sought to reform a gift document for 101 works of art donated to the school by Georgia O’Keeffe in her capacity as the executrix of her husband Alfred Stieglitz’s estate. This complex litigation involved multiple trials in the Chancery Court and appeals to the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Ultimately Fisk University was able to sell a half interest in the collection to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas for a significant payment and the sharing of expenses associated with the art, as well as internships and other valuable consideration. This complex litigation resulted in a great business solution for the client.
Professional Recognition and Activities
- Labor and Employment, Chambers USA, 2017
- Nashville Employment Law "Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers in America, 2012- 2018
- Women of Influence, Nashville Business Journal, 2015
- Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2009, 2003
- The Best Lawyers in America© (10+ years)
- Mid-South Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Attorneys, Top 100 Tennessee Attorneys
- Nashville Bar Association, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, 2003-2006, Former Chair, Employment Law and Civil Rights Committee, Nashville Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
- Tennessee Bar Association, Fellow, Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law, ("TBALL") Class of 2005, TBALL Steering Committee, 2005-2006, Former Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee
- American Bar Association: Labor Law Section
- Lawyers' Association for Women, Past President and Board Member
- National Foundation of Women's Bar Associations, Past President and Board Member
- Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
- Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, Hearing Officer (2003-2009)
- Nashville Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Division, Fellow
- Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Large Firm Division Co-Chair, 2009 Campaign
In addition to practicing law, Anne is active in her local community. She currently serves on the board of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee and of NashvilleCares. She recently served on the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Early Childhood Development and Education. Previously she has served on the boards of a number of nonprofits that help the economically disadvantaged and children. As much as Anne enjoys her profession, she feels an obligation to give back to the community and to use the special gifts she has developed as a lawyer to help others who cannot help themselves.
- NashvilleCares: Board Member; Chair, Personnel Committee; Executive Committee, Present
- Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, Board Member, Present
- Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee
- Metro Human Relations Commission, COLLAGE Event Co-Chair, 2015
- First Steps, Inc.: Board Member, 2009-2015; Secretary, 2012-2013; Chair, Human Resources Committee, 2011-2013; President, 2013-2014
- Mayor’s Advisory Council on Early Childhood Development and Education, 2010-2011
- Community Nashville: Board Member, 2008-2010
- Interfaith Dental Clinic: Board Member, 2008-2012
- Nashville Smith Club: President, 1996, 2012-Present
- Smith College Alumnae Association: Nominating Committee Member
A preeminent Nashville employment lawyer, Anne has been widely published in the areas of employment law as it relates to matters including discharge, disability leave, discrimination, harassment and non-compete agreements.
- Tennessee Association of Legal Services, September 2017
- Tennessee Recruiters Association, Labor and Employment Law for Recruiters, June 2017
- Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum, Moderated Panel Introduction to the Court, the Judges and the Clerk’s Office, January 2017
- AIA, Compliance Guide for your Organization, December 2016
- National Association of Caterers and Event Planners, Employment Law Trends, June 2016
- TLAW Empowerment Conference, Moderated Panel General Counsel Panel: Leading from the Top of the Corporate Ladder, April 2016
- Kraft Benefits and Brew 2016, Department of Labor Overtime Rule: Significant Changes to White Collar Exemptions, 2016
- Society for Human Resource Management; A View from the Plaintiff’s Side: What Makes a Good Case
- Nashville Bar Association – Supreme Court 2015-2016: Review of Employment Law Decisions
- Tennessee Association Legal Aid Societies – Compliance Guide for Your Organization
- Society for Human Resource Management, 2015 Mid-South/Tennessee HR and Legal Conference and Expo, “Supreme Court 2014-15 Review of Employment Law Decisions: Mixture of Good and Bad News for Employers”
- Society for Human Resource Management, 2014 Mid-South/Tennessee HR and Legal Conference and Expo, “Employment Litigation from the Plaintiff’s Perspective: Where is your Company Vulnerable to Attack?”
- Nashville Bar Association, 2013 “Back to School” Practice Institutes, “Employment Law Update: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly,” October 17, 2013
- Middle Tennessee Society of Human Resource Management 2013 Mid-South/Tennessee HR and Legal Conference and Expo, “Follow-Up Panel Discussion on EEOC Strategy” and “How to Manage Your Employees’ Use of FMLA,” September 16-18, 2013
- Society for Human Resource Management, 2012 Spring Regional Meeting, “The ABC’s of Leave and Disability Issues,” May 18, 2012
- Lawyers’ Association for Women, Nashville Chapter, Monthly Meeting, “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” Aug. 16, 2011
- Society for Human Resources Management, 2011 Spring Regional Meeting, “Avoiding Retaliatory Discharge Claims in Tennessee Post-Gossett,” May 20, 2011
Anne is a natural networker and is very passionate about the numerous charities she works with, especially those benefiting children. She's never met a stranger, nor does she stay still for long, pouring her energy into both work and play.