David Jaqua is a member of the Labor and Employment group at Butler Snow. He represents management in labor matters and employment litigation. David's practice has been concentrated in those areas since 1977, representing national, regional and local clients in a wide range of business and industry, including healthcare, airline, transportation, logistics, manufacturing and retail. He has extensive experience in arbitration and other methods of alternative dispute resolution and designed one of the nation's earliest mandatory arbitration programs implemented by a Fortune 500 company. His practice includes compliance counseling, employment litigation before courts and administrative agencies, union avoidance and management training. With over fifty jury trials to verdicts in courts in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and other parts of the nation, David has litigated important issues in his field, including wrongful discharge, whistleblower claims, drug testing and privacy, age, race, sex and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, polygraph testing, ERISA and employee benefits, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Family Leave. David is admitted to, and has practiced before, six of the United States Courts of Appeals and has litigated representation and unfair labor practice cases before the National Labor Relations Board.
David is the contributing author on labor relations to Human Resources Management in the Healthcare Setting published by the American Hospital Association, and is a frequent lecturer for management and personnel associations in a variety of industries, including the hospital industry in which he has a national practice.
Organizations & Associations
David is a member of the Labor & Employment Sections of the Tennessee Bar, The Mississippi Bar and the American Bar Association. He is a member of the Bars of the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits.
Education & Awards
David graduated in the top of his class from the United States Naval Academy in 1973 with a B.S. in mathematics. After a brief tour as a naval officer, he attended law school at the University of Mississippi where he received his J.D., with honors, in 1976. David was a member of the Board of Editors of the Mississippi Law Journal.
David serves as an elder at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church in Memphis. He has been active in many programs of the Memphis Presbytery such as Soup Kitchen, outreach and other relief activities for individuals and families in need.
More than 275 attorneys practice at Butler Snow across 17 offices. Our Labor and Employment Group includes attorneys with a broad range of experience including litigation and administrative proceedings in employment discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, wrongful discharge matters, collective bargaining, labor arbitration, unfair labor practice charges and matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act. Other experience includes ERISA litigation, OSHA matters and affirmative action.
Firm Practice Areas
Administrative Law, Agricultural Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Appellate and Written Advocacy, Banking & Financial Services, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Biotechnology, Business Planning & Operations, Civil Rights, Commercial Lending, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Criminal Defense, Director & Officer Liability, Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Economic Development Incentives, Employee Benefits, Environmental, Estate & Trust Administration, Estate & Wealth Transfer Tax Planning, Gaming, Government Litigation, Government Relations, Healthcare, Insurance, Intellectual Property & Technology, International, Labor and Employment, Liability Defense, Media Law, Medical Professional Liability, Mergers & Acquisitions, Nursing Home Defense, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Public Finance, Public Utilities, Real Estate, Securities, Taxation, Toxic Torts, Transportation, Workers' Compensation.