Kathryn A. stephenson 

Kate Stephenson joined Trauger & Tuke as a partner in 2000.  She left the firm in 2010 for a four-year stint as in-house employment counsel for a Nashville-based corporation. She returned to Trauger & Tuke in 2015 in an of-counsel role. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, appellate practice, and employment law.

Ms. Stephenson is a member of the Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations and a member of the Lawyers Association for Women, of which she is a past President.  She has been a director of the Nashville Bar Association, a member of the Harry Phillips Inn of Court, and the Tennessee Bar Foundation IOLTA Grant Review Committee. She is a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.  She has presented several seminars on employment law and trial practice.

Ms. Stephenson received her law degree with highest honors from the University of Tennessee in 1988, where she was a member of the National Moot Court Team (national quarter-finalist), Order of the Coif, and Valedictorian, and was named "Graduate of the Year" by the law school faculty.  She holds degrees from Kenyon College (B.A., magna cum laude, philosophy 1978) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A., history 1980).  Before attending law school, she taught history in the upper school at Webb School of Knoxville, worked as a production assistant at WQED in Pittsburgh, and was the Director of Public Relations for Kenyon Festival Theater.


  • A. B. Kenyon College, 1978
  • M. A. American History, University of North Carolina, 1981
  • J. D., with Highest Honors, University of Tennessee, 1988


  • Past Chairman of the Board, Monroe Harding, Inc.
  • Past Chairman of the Board, Humanities Tennessee
  • Past Chairman of the Board, Federation of State Humanities Councils
  • Past CASA volunteer

Kate Stephenson


Employment Law

Commercial Litigation


Phone: 615-256-8585
Fax: 615-256-7444
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