Frederick L. "Trip" Conrad III is a labor and employment attorney in Holland & Knight's Nashville office.

Mr. Conrad has extensive experience defending employers against allegations of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation brought before federal and state courts, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and various state agencies. He regularly defends clients against class wide allegations of improper pay practices arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws. Mr. Conrad also guides companies through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation process and contests OSHA citations before the OSHA Review Commission.

In addition to employment litigation, Mr. Conrad provides counsel to employers on a wide range of issues, such as OSHA health and safety regulations, employee hiring, training and discipline, severance agreements, and employment policies and handbooks. Mr. Conrad conducts internal investigations and provides counsel to management on maintaining compliance with employment-related statutes and regulations and developing strategies to avoid the potential for litigation in the area of labor and employment law. He also advises corporate attorneys on employment law issues for corporate transactions.

Mr. Conrad’s experience also includes labor relations matters, including participating in numerous collective bargaining negotiations with labor unions across the country and defending employers in administrative hearings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) relating to collective bargaining agreements.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Conrad gained valuable experience as a judicial law clerk the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. Additionally, he was a labor and employment associate in the Washington, D.C., office of a large multinational law firm.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained a defense judgment in federal court for an international car manufacturer on discrimination and retaliation claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and subsequently won affirmance of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Obtained a defense judgment in federal court for a nationwide healthcare provider on claims of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
  • Obtained voluntarily dismissal of claim in state court arising under Tennessee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate law shortly after plaintiff’s deposition

  • Represented EmVenio Research Inc., the largest provider of community-based clinical trial sites served with mobile research units, in its sale to PCM Trials, the largest independent mobile research nurse visit provider for decentralized clinical trials
  • Successfully defended a national healthcare provider against a nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) wage and hour action, reducing the alleged class to a single state and obtaining a favorable settlement
  • Successfully defended a national healthcare provider against a FLSA misclassification action in federal court

  • Successfully defended a power company against Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) health and safety citations before the Review Commission, resulting in the citations being withdrawn
  • Assisted an international manufacturing company in reducing substantial OSHA citations by more than half and subsequently abating all issues without further citations

  • Negotiated a favorable collective bargaining agreement for a global transportation company with one of the largest unions in the country
  • Obtained a dismissal of a complaint of Weingarten violations before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a large car manufacturer


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., History & Economics, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Tennessee
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Tennessee
  • Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • All U.S. District Courts in Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tennessee Bar Association, 2013-2023
  • Nashville Bar Association, 2018-2023
  • DRI, 2018-2023
  • St. Luke’s Community House, Board of Directors Vice President, 2023; Board of Directors, 2022-2023
  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Center Stage Society's Young Professionals Group, 2018-2023
  • Nashville Public Library, Next Chapter Society, Young Professionals Group, 2019-2023
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2021-2024