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Posted by: Stephanie Vonnahme on Apr 30, 2018

This year the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will be recognizing its outstanding members each month by featuring them in the TBA YLD Attorney Spotlight. For the month of April, the YLD is highlighting Gary S. Peeples.

Gary Peeples practices civil litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment law at Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC in Memphis.
Peeples, originally from Thomasboro, Illinois (a farm town in downstate Illinois of approximately 1,000 people), earned a B.A. in Linguistics and M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2005 and 2006, respectively. After working (very) briefly as a librarian at an engineering library, he attended Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, served as an Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and received the top grade in several law school classes. Peeples graduated from law school in 2010, and his first job out of law school was working as a law clerk for Judge Jon P. McCalla, who at that time was the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. After finishing his year with Judge McCalla, Peeples achieved his lifelong dream of being measured solely by billable hours at one of the world’s largest law firms in Chicago. 
Peeples missed Memphis and, more generally, Tennessee, so he moved back and served as a law clerk to Judge Ronald Lee Gilman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit during the 2013-2014 term. He joined Burch, Porter & Johnson as an associate in 2014 and has been practicing there ever since. Among other things, Peeples has defended companies large and small in federal and state court.
Peeples has been involved in the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court as a Barrister member and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. He is currently a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law (TBALL) Class of 2018. Peeples has written extensively on labor and employment matters and frequently presents on those issues. He is proud to have introduced (now retired) Judge Richard Posner to Judge Gilman’s writing rules. 
On a personal note, Peeples enjoys playing basketball, pretending to be an academic, and helping charter schools. 
Please join us in congratulating Gary Peeples as this month’s Tennessee Bar Association YLD’s Attorney Spotlight!
Please send nominations for the May 2018 YLD Attorney Spotlight to YLD Publications Chair Justin Faith.