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Manufacturing and service companies, universities, colleges, private schools, and health care providers, among other employers, call Rosemarie Hill to counsel them on dozens of employment-related issues. These include inquiries about wage payments under state and federal wage and hour laws, concerns about hiring, firing, and discipline of employees, discrimination and harassment accusations, medical and other leave questions, and just about any issue that can arise in an employer-employee relationship.

Often clients need emergency consults on how to handle an employee problem, and Rosemarie provides quick assistance and pragmatic solutions that are highly valued by busy employers. She will also promptly admit when a particular inquiry needs further analysis and research, and then produces a quick turn-around and solution for the harried employer.

When a client, despite its best efforts, is hit with an administrative charge (for instance, from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)) or a lawsuit claiming violation of an employment law or illegal retaliation against an employee, Rosemarie and her team are on the spot to provide defense and representation from beginning to end. Her clients appreciate her quick response and her willingness to bring them into the defense strategy/cost analysis of each lawsuit or administrative charge.

Rosemarie excels in trial work, and every case receives the utmost intellectual and common-sense care. She speaks to jurors and judges alike with respect and in fair, understandable language with no loss of legal excellence. She is engaging and honest with clients, they are highly complementary of her efforts on their behalf, and they actually enjoy working with her and her team.

Her induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers assures clients that she is an excellent lawyer who will handle their matters with civility for all concerned in the process, but who will vigorously defend them and unceasingly fight for their cause.

She chairs the firm's Labor and Employment Section, and is proud to work with and for that excellent, intellectually challenging and entertaining group of folks. 

Approved Arbitrator, Federal Arbitration Program, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

Mediation Panel, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Neutral


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Litigation: 30%
  3. Business: 20%

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Contact info

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

Liberty Tower, Suite 1700
605 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN, 37450


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
FellowAmerican Bar Foundation2015
Antitrust, Commercial, and Labor & Employment LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
Antitrust, Commercial, and Labor & Employment LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
Antitrust, Commercial, and Labor & Employment LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2012
Antitrust/Commercial Litigation/Labor & Employment LitigationThe Best Lawyers in America2012
Antitrust Law, Commercial LitigationThe Best Lawyers in America2011
Antitrust Law, Commercial LitigationThe Best Lawyers in America2010
Nautilus Lightkeeper AwardChattanooga Chamber of Commerce2009
Antitrust Law, Commercial LitigationThe Best Lawyers in America2009
Employment Lit.: Defense, Civil Lit. Defense, Antitrust Lit.Mid-South Super Lawyers2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
FellowTennessee Bar FoundationN/A
FellowInternational Society of BarristersN/A
FellowChattanooga Bar FoundationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderChambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC2011 - Present
Of CounselChambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC2006 - 2010
PartnerShumacker, Witt, Gaither & Whitaker2001 - 2006
PartnerWitt Gaither & Whitaker1984 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Governor’s Council for Judicial AppointmentsAppointed by Gov. Bill Haslam2015 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tennessee Bar AssociationMemberN/A
MeritasUS/Canada Labor & Employment Steering CommitteeN/A
Young Women's Leadership Academy FoundationPast Founding MemberN/A
Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution CommissionPast CommissionerN/A
Signal Centers, Inc.Board Member, Executive CommitteeN/A
Principal Leadership AcademyMentorN/A
International Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
American Inns of Court, Brock-Cooper ChapterBarristerN/A
Ballet TennesseePast PresidentN/A
Tennessee Bar FoundationFellowN/A
International Society of BarristersFellowN/A
Chattanooga Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Tennessee Bar Association, Litigation SectionExecutive Council Past MemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Chattanooga Bar AssociationBoard of GovernorsN/A
Chattanooga Girls Leadership AcademyPast Board PresidentN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
October 21, 2014 issue of insidecounsel.comKnowledge and Consistency — Keys to Administering the ADEA2014
October 7, 2014 issue of insidecounsel.comHow Does the FLSA Affect How I Pay My Employees?2014
September 23, 2014 issue of insidecounsel.comKnowledge and Consistency — Keys to Administering the FMLA2014
February/March 2014 issue of Today's General CounselAddressing Employment-Related Retaliation Claims2014
Labor and Employment Law Legal UpdateEEOC Publishes Final ADAAA Regulations and Interpretive Guidance2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
George Mason UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Astec Human Resources SummitEmployee Terminations2015
IMA Technology MeetingEmployment Law2014
CTFP HR SeminarUnlawful Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation2014
CTFP HR SeminarImpact of Social Media in the Workplace2014
CTFP HR SeminarEmployee Evaluations and Disciplinary Actions2014
CTFP HR SeminarThe Definitive Top-10 List2014
CTFP Employment Law SeminarEmployee Terminations2014
Annual Labor and Employment SeminarEmployers Beware: Latest Initiatives by the EEOC, NLRB, and Department of Labor2014
American Payroll Association SeminarEmployment Discrimination Laws & Unlawful Retaliation2014
ACE Employment Law SeminarEmployment Discrimination Laws & Unlawful Retaliation2014
SHRM Chattanooga SeminarThe NLRB and Social Media Policies/Discipline2013
Labor & Employment SeminarWhat's New at the EEOC2012
Human Resources Managers ConferenceEmployment Law2012
Employment Law SeminarEmployment Law2012
Decosimo HR SeminarGeneral Employment Laws With Which You Must Live and the Exciting World of Social Media and the National Labor Relations Act2012
SHRM Chattanooga Chapter Lunch MeetingFMLA: Preventing Abuse and Defending Retaliation Claims2011
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel Annual Labor and Employment SeminarFMLA: Preventing Abuse and Defending Retaliation Claims2010
Chattanooga Area Dental Society Employment Law SeminarGeneral Employment Issues2009
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel Annual Labor and Employment SeminarThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)2009