John LaBar’s practice concentrates on advising business and corporate clients on transactional, corporate, employment and labor, and real estate law matters. John represents his clients in both administrative matters and litigation, including matters in State and Federal courts, EEOC, NLRB, Tennessee Human Right Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, he advises clients and business owners in implementing tax, business and estate planning strategies and, for new business clients, the choice of entity and incorporation of their business. John also assists clients and lending institutions in a variety of commercial finance, commercial real estate, leasing and commercial law matters.

In addition to his practice, John serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. He previously served as the Town Attorney for the Town of Morrison, Tennessee from 2004 until 2015, as the appointed attorney for the Industrial Development Board of Fayetteville Lincoln County, Tennessee and represented the Interlocal Solid Waste Authority.

Practice Areas


  • Tennessee
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Courts
  • Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Middle District of Tennessee
  • Northern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • Sixth Circuit
  • Eleventh Circuit
  • Federal Circuit
  • Armed Forces
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts
  • Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Middle District of Tennessee


  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, BA 1997
  • University of Tennessee College of Law, JD 2000
  • University of Miami School of Law, LLM, 2013


  • Counsel to Industrial Development Board of Fayetteville


  • An Employee's Right to Take Time Off to Vote - An Employer's Guide
  • I-9 Compliance for Employers: Significantly Increased Fines for Employers
  • Long-Term Care Transfer of Assets in Medicaid/Nursing Home Issues
  • 2015 Midwinter Meeting Report of 2014 FMLA Cases
  • EEOC Files Lawsuits Alleging Sex Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals
  • NLRB OVERRULES REGISTER-GUARD: Allows Employees’ Use of Email and Computer Systems for Union Organizing Purposes
  • EEOC filing lawsuits alleging sex discrimination against transgender individuals as a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency
  • I-9 COMPLIANCE FOR EMPLOYERS: Guidance from recent cases
  • Doing Business 2014 - Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises
  • U.S. Department of Labor issues Final Rules to Improve Employment of People with Disabilities and Veterans
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Upholds NLRB Decision Allowing "Micro Unions"
  • Green Appeal: LEED Certification Appeal Process and Suggestions for Improvement
  • U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Expanding Protections for Military Families and Airline Flight Crews
  • U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance as to FMLA Leave to Care for an Adult Child
  • Section 12.07 Issues in the LEED Appeal Process
  • 2012 Rule of Law Index
  • NLRB Issues Complaint Against Boeing for Transferring Work to Non-Union Facility
  • NLRB Issues Proposed Rule Requiring Employers to Post Notice of Employee Rights under NLRA
  • Combating the Cost of Doing Business: The Benefits of Implementing A Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace


  • Tullahoma Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Coffee County Bar Association
  • Partners for Healing, Inc.
  • Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center, Inc.