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James Floyd

Title: Senior Associate General Counsel

Mr. Floyd came to the Office of General Counsel in October 2009.  Mr. Floyd has a J.D. degree from Tulane University School of Law and a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama.  Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Mr. Floyd served as University Counsel at Middle Tennessee State University for six years where he was responsible for overseeing all legal matters.  Previously, he was Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Personnel and Deputy Legal Counsel in the Office of the Governor.  In addition, he has worked as an Assistant General Counsel at the Tennessee Board of Regents, the nation’s 7th largest higher education system, and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Tennessee responsible for litigating employment, contract and student matters in Federal and State courts.

His practice at Vanderbilt primarily focuses on labor and employment matters.  He advises the University on the legal implications of proposed policies and actions, and counsels the University as to compliance with Federal and State laws and administrative regulations covering discrimination, disability, wage and hour, medical leave, background checks and other workplace issues.  Mr. Floyd is also responsible for other general legal matters as they arise.  He is a member of the American Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.