Nashville School of Law

M. Clark Spoden

(615) 244-4994

150 Third Avenue, South
Suite 1700
Nashville, TN 37201

M. Clark Spoden is recognized in Tennessee as a Specialist in Civil Trial and Pre-Trial Advocacy as Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Clark is a Charter Fellow in the American College of Board Certified Attorneys, (2015) and has received recognition in The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation (2010-2022), Litigation-Construction (2011-2022), Litigation-Environmental (2011-2022), Litigation-Labor and Employment (2011-2022), and in the Top 100 in Tennessee Super Lawyers (2020) and Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers (2020) and Mid-South Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor (2016-2020).

He is an experienced trial lawyer who practices in the Litigation Section at GSRM Law. He has represented companies in contract, employment, environmental, administrative law, construction, business tort, non-competition, intellectual property, wrongful death, and personal injury cases. He regularly advises clients on HR issues and Tennessee Certificate of Need matters.

Clark has long represented manufacturing companies, especially in the fields of aluminum recycling and automotive parts manufacturing.

Firm, Company, or Court
Gullet Sanford Robinson & Martin

The University of the South 1977

Juris Doctor
University of Tennessee College of Law, 1980

Bar Admissions
Tennessee, 1980

Court Admissions (and Year)
Tennessee, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Memberships & Activities
American Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association

Civic Memberships & Activities
Downtown Nashville Rotary Club; Chair of Environment and Sustainability Committee
Nashville Symphony, Patron
Nashville City Club, Member
Nashville Corporate Walk Chair Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (2019)
Richland Country Club, Member
YMCA, Member
Nashville Bar Foundation
Nashville World War II Study Group

Civil Procedure
Contracts, Substitute Instructor (1999-2009)
Constitutional Law, Substitute Instructor (1983-1987)

Accolades & Distinctions
Tennessee Certified Civil Trial Specialist (2010 to the present)
Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation and Environmental Litigation (2010 to the present)
Martindale-Hubbell™ AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer
Life Member Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference (2002 to the present)
American College of Board Certified Attorneys, Charter Fellow (2015)
Administrative Law Judge, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Electric Power Board (2014 to the present)
Arbitrator, Nashville Bar Association
Fee Dispute Resolution Committee (1995 to the present)
Mid-South Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor (2016 to the present)
Best Lawyers, “Lawyer of the Year,” Environmental Litigation, Nashville, Tennessee (2016)
“Legal Leader Who Cares” Award, Nashville Muscular Dystrophy Association (2008)
Nashville Bar Association, Joseph G. Cummings Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year (2007)
Clerk, Chief Judge U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr. (1980-81)
Tennessee Law Review, Managing Editor, 1979-1980
Student Materials Editor, 1978-1979

C. Spoden, Remedies Readings (2009 to the present)
Law360: Using the Fluctuating Workweek Method for FLSA Compliance (Aug. 11, 2016)
IndustryWeek: Gay Marriage and Sexual Orientation: What your HR Department Should Know (Oct. 13, 2015)
“New Employment Laws Address Online Privacy and Limit Damages Awarded Under the Human Rights Act,” Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s HR Notes, September 3, 2014
“Business and property owners must be aware of this still-new ADA law,” Nashville Biz Blog, Nashville Business Journal, November 5, 2013
“EPA’s Proposed Revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste,” AWMA Southern Section Annual Meeting, July 22, 2013
“A Prohibitive Proposition: The EPA Solid Waste Proposal will discourage recycling and have a negative impact on the construction industry,” EDC Magazine, May 2013
“EPA Solid Waste Proposal Will Discourage Recycling,” Environmental Law News Blog, February 14, 2013
“A brief look at the EEOC’s updated Guidance regarding criminal records use by employers,” Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s HR Notes, November 5, 2012
“The Public Interest Nullifies Another Health Care Non-Competition Agreement,” Tennessee Bar Journal, July 2010
“Background Checks & Negligent Hiring: A Health Care Industry Hazard,” For the Defense, August 1998

Significant Cases

Williams v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2020 WL 6821700 (Tenn. Ct. App. Nov. 20, 2020).
Crouch Railway Consulting LLC v. LS Energy Fabrication, 610 S.W. 3d 460 (Tenn. 2020).
Elrod v. Aspen Dental Management, Inc., No. 3:18-cv-00755 (M.D. Tenn. Aug. 23, 2018).
Pelham v. Unipres U.S.A., Inc., 129 F. Supp. 3d 582 (M.D. Tenn. 2015).
Jones v. Unipres U.S.A., Inc., 2013 WL 5782930 (M.D. Tenn. Oct. 28, 2013).
Hall v. Hillsboro Retail Partners, LLC, 2013 WL 3771583 (M.D. Tenn. July 13, 2013).
Brasfield v. Martinrea Fabco Automotive Structures (USA), Inc., 2013 WL 3335088 (M.D. Tenn., July 2, 2013).
Permafix Northwest Richland v. Philotechnics, Ltd., 2012 WL 12969554 (E.D. Tenn. May 25, 2012).
Gillham v. City of Mt. Pleasant, 2012 WL 1079333 (Tenn. Ct. App., March 29, 2012).
Association Concerned over Resources and Nature, Inc., v. Tennessee Aluminum Processors, Inc., 2011 WL 1357690 (M.D. Tenn., April 11, 2011).
Holder v. Lowe’s Long Term Disability Plan, 2010 WL 419983 (E.D. Tenn. Jan. 28, 2010).
Glover v. Unipres U.S.A., Inc., 2009 WL 1519187 (M.D. Tenn., June 1, 2009).
Clark v. Sprint PCS, 2009 WL 586009 (Tenn. Sp. Wk. Comp. Panel, March 9, 2009).
Hudson v. AJS Associates, Inc., 2008 WL 5214203 (M.D. Tenn., Dec. 12, 2008).
Thomas & Betts Corp. v. Hosea Project Movers, LLC, 2007 WL 6892328 (W.D. Tenn., Nov. 2, 2007).
DVA Renal Health, Inc. v. Gordon Group Investment, LP, 2007 WL 2220408 (M.D. Tenn., July 31, 2007).
Swindle v. Unipres U.S.A., Inc., 2007 WL 152226 (Tenn., Jan. 19, 2007).
Eckert v. Jillian’s of Nashville, 2006 WL 3228609 (E.D. Tenn., Nov. 6, 2006).
Scraggs v. La Petite Academy, Inc., 2006 WL 2711689 (E.D. Tenn., Sept. 21, 2006).
Thompson v. Terminix International, LP, 2006 WL 2380598 (Tenn. Ct. App., Aug. 16, 2006).
Spivey v. Plastech Engineered Products, Inc., 2006 WL 1638892 (M.D. Tenn., June 9, 2006).
Gore v. El Paso Energy Corp., 2005 WL 2738918 (M.D. Tenn., Oct. 24, 2005).
Searcy v. Unipres U.S.A., Inc., 2003 WL 203250 (Tenn. Sp. Wk. Comp. Panel, Jan. 31, 2003).
Trinity Industries, Inc. v. McKinnon Bridge Co., Inc., 77 S.W.3d 159 (Tenn.Ct.App.,2001).
Birchett v. Nashville Company, 2000 WL 640895 (Tenn. Ct. App., May 10, 2000).
Hooker v. Federal Election Com’n, 92 F.Supp.2d 740 (M.D.Tenn. 2000).
Sherlock v. Kwik Sak, Inc., 1999 WL 767819 (Tenn. Ct. App., Sept. 29, 1999).
Tipton County Dept. of Public Instruction v. Delashmit Elec. Co., 1998 WL 158774 (Tenn. Ct. App., April 7, 1998).
E.P.A. v. TMG Enterprises, Inc., 979 F.Supp. 1110 (W.D.Ky. 1997).
Roots Contracting & Trading Co. v. Creighton Ltd., 170 F.R.D. 155, (M.D.Tenn. 1996).
Carter’s Court Associates v. Metropolitan Federal Sav. & Loan, 844 F.Supp. 1205 (M.D.Tenn. 1994).
St. Mary’s Medical Center of Evansville v. Disco Aluminum, 969 F.2d 585 (7th Cir. 1992).
Cam International, L.P. v. Turner, 1992 WL 74567 (Tenn. Ct. App. April 15, 1992).
APAC-Tennessee, Inc. v. Gibbons Enterprises, S.W., Inc., 1991 WL 32304 (Tenn. Ct. App. March 13, 1991).
Winners Corp. v. Lafayette Life Ins. Co.734 F.Supp. 812 (M.D.Tenn. 1989).
Montcastle v. American Health Systems, Inc., 702 F.Supp. 1369 (E.D.Tenn. 1988); Brewer v. Ravan, 680 F.Supp. 1176 (M.D.Tenn.,1988).
Emhart Industries, Inc. v. Duracell Intern. Inc., 665 F.Supp. 549 (M.D.Tenn. 1987).
Brewer v. Monsanto Corp., 644 F.Supp. 1267 (M.D.Tenn.,1986).
Commerce Union Bank v. Kephart, 1986 WL 4280 (Tenn. Ct. App. April 9, 1986).
In re Southern Indus. Banking Corp., 49 B.R. 811 (Bkrtcy. E.D.Tenn.,1985).
Akers v. Bonifasi, 629 F.Supp. 1212 (M.D.Tenn.,1984).
Rhodes v. Stewart, 705 F.2d 159 (6th Cir. 1983).
Glacier General Assur. Co. v. Comprehensive Care Corp., 535 F.Supp. 82 (E.D.Tenn., 1982).

CLE Presentations

Speaker, Labor & Employment Law Update  (Feb. 13, 2018)
“Proving Damages at Trial,” Nashville Bar Ass’n, (Nov. 1, 2015)
“CAFE Standards and the 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Goals for Automakers,” Southern Automotive Conference, October 2015
“EPA’s Proposed Revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste,” Air & Waste Management Association, Southern Section, Annual Meeting, July 22, 2013
Instructor: Human Resources Training Camps, 2007 and 2008 in Nashville, TN, Baltimore, MD, and Las Vegas, NV
Trial Practice Seminar, Tennessee Bar Association Annual Convention, 2000
Trial Practice Seminars, Nashville Bar Association, 1994-1999

In the Media
“New Employment Laws Address Online Privacy and Limit Damages Awarded Under the Human Rights Act,” Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s HR Notes, September 3, 2014
“Business and property owners must beware of this still-new ADA law,” Nashville Biz Blog, Nashville Business Journal, November 5, 2013
“History for Kingsport: Muriel C. Spoden Collection testament to one woman’s love of city’s past,” by Leigh Ann Laube, Times News, August 3, 2013


Speaker, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Executive Breakfast (May 14, 2019)
Nashville World War II Study Group Presentation, “Pan American Airways and the Takoradi Route,” April 14, 2014,