Aubrey B. Greer
Before joining Glankler Brown, Mr. Greer served nearly a decade in the United States Army, operating and training with some of the most elite combat forces in the world, specializing in small unit operations, urban combat, advising and training local forces in counterinsurgency, and long-range reconnaissance. He is a decorated combat veteran, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Greer maintains active participation in various organizations dedicated to serving combat veterans.
Mr. Greer is an experienced litigation attorney concentrating his practice in the area of commercial civil litigation, representing both small, Memphis-based businesses, as well as large, national and multi-national companies in matters including contract disputes, commercial real estate disputes, employment discrimination claims, labor disputes pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, landlord/tenant issues, as well as other business and tort matters. Clients value his aggressive approach, problem solving skills, and outside the box thinking. Mr. Greer takes his role of advocate and counselor seriously, making client communication a top priority, working to blend legal strategy with his corporate clients’ short- and long-term goals.
Mr. Greer routinely represents property owners, developers, and builders in real property disputes, including matters affecting title, construction contracts, boundary disputes, property damage, and water rights. He has served as counsel for several nationwide real estate investment entities, including owners of multi-family apartment communities, in complex litigation involving multi-million-dollar disputes. Mr. Greer has likewise represented most large multi-family property management companies in the Memphis metro area, prosecuting landlord/tenant suits of various types, including actions for forcible entry and detainer (i.e., evictions). Additionally, Mr. Greer serves as outside litigation counsel for one of the largest commercial real estate holding and leasing companies in Memphis.
Mr. Greer regularly defends local and national businesses in matters involving alleged violations of various state and federal labor and employment laws, including, but not limited to: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II and III), the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act (including collective actions under the FLSA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. He is experienced in defending employment discrimination cases before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, and various state and federal courts in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Alabama. In addition to defending employers in litigation, Mr. Greer regularly counsels employers on matters affecting employment practices and employee relations.
Mr. Greer practices in cases involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), representing both health plans and plan participants and beneficiaries in cases involving denials of benefits and breaches of fiduciary duty.
Mr. Greer serves as outside litigation counsel for two large Tennessee municipal entities, defending law enforcement and corrections officers in cases involving alleged violations or deprivations of constitutional rights. Mr. Greer served as counsel in defending cases involving the First, Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments, involving alleged acts of excessive force, retaliation, and deliberate indifference.
Mr. Greer is experienced in appellate practice and has written or argued appeals before the appellate courts of Tennessee and Oklahoma, as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- University of Mississippi, J.D. magna cum laude
- University of Mississippi, B.A. cum laude
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
- United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
- The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch
- Memphis Business Journal, Best of the Bar, Ace Associate, 2020
- American Bar Association
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association
- Disabled American Veterans Organization
- University of Mississippi Alumni Association
- Mr. Greer served as co-counsel in the landmark case Tiger Lily, et. al. v. Department of Housing and Urban Development, et al., representing local Memphis property owners and managers in a critical suit against the United States Government. During the global pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unlawfully promulgated a total ban on all residential evictions for the non-payment of rent nationwide. Faced with watching his property-owning clients endure huge losses in revenue, layoffs, mortgage defaults, and foreclosures, Mr. Greer and his partner, Josh Kahane, filed suit against various federal government agencies, including the CDC, demanding the ban on residential evictions be struck down as unlawful and unconstitutional. Following months of hard-fought legal battles, Mr. Greer, his partner, and most importantly, his clients prevailed on summary judgment as the District Court struck down the ban. Faced with the loss, the Government immediately appealed the decision to the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In another mammoth victory for landowners and landlords, the Sixth Circuit too declared the eviction ban to be an unlawful exercise of authority by the CDC.
- Mr. Greer obtained summary judgment in favor of two (2) corrections deputies accused of applying excessive force to a pre-trial detainee, with the Court finding and holding the deputies were qualifiedly immune from suit as there was no underlying constitutional violation.
- Mr. Greer obtained summary judgment in favor of an employer-sponsored health and welfare benefit plan in a large, complex case alleging, among other things, wrongfully denying benefits, breaching a fiduciary duty owed to a plan participant, and engaging in other unlawful conduct. The administrative record accounted for more than 10,000 pages of printed material.
- Prosecuted and/or tried thousands of forcible entry and detainer actions in Shelby County, Tennessee.
- Obtained Million Dollar settlement for a worker injured on the job.
- Recovered Million Dollar retainage for a local contractor in a federally backed multi-family construction project.
- Served as co-counsel in matter that prevented foreclosure of nearly $30 Million Dollar real estate investment portfolio by a government sponsored enterprise.
- Obtained employer sponsored health plan reimbursement after plan was defrauded by its third-party administrator.
- Negotiated and obtained numerous nominal and low-dollar settlements for corporate and business clients accused of violations of the FLSA, ADA (both Title II and III), and/or Title VII.