Christopher W. Cardwell Section Leader



Chris Cardwell heads GSRM’s Litigation and Labor and Employment practice groups and serves on the firm’s management committee. His practice focuses on representing life sciences, healthcare, railroad, and entertainment companies in complex commercial, employment, and intellectual property lawsuits.

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Chris handles cases throughout the country and has tried numerous cases to verdict. He maintains an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell; is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Railroad Law, Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Labor and Employment; and is a Mid-South Super Lawyer for Employment Litigation: Defense.

Outside of the office, Chris serves on Rhodes College’s Alumni Association Executive Board, the Executive Committee of Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees, and the board of Saint Joseph School.

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Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment and Litigation sections
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment and Litigation sections
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Foundation
    • Leadership Forum Mentoring Program
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
    • Board of Trustees
    • Executive Committee, Legal Counsel
  • Rhodes College’s Alumni Association
    • Executive Board
  • Saint Joseph School
    • Board Member
  • Nashville State Community College Foundation
    • Past Member, Board of Trustees

Honors & Awards

  • Nashville Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation – Labor & Employment, Commercial Litigation, and Railroad Law
  • Named a Mid-South Rising Star in Employment Litigation by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers for Employment Litigation: Defense