D. Bruce Shine

Bruce Shine

Licensed to practice law in all the Courts of Tennessee (1964), New York (1966)(inactive) and the District of Columbia (1977)(inactive). Approved Mediator by the United States District Court, E.D. Tenn., (1996), Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed Civil Mediator (1997).

Shine was named to Tennessee Business Magazine’s 2005 List of the “101 Best Lawyers in Tennessee,” and its 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 list of the “Best 150 Lawyers in Tennessee.”  He has also been designated a “Super Lawyer,” in the December 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 issues of Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine.

A member since its creation in 1996 of the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission (ADRC), Shine was named Chairman of the ADRC in January 2012 for a two year term by the Justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Shine is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an organization limited to one-third of one percent of the lawyers in any given state, and a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

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 Admitted to practice before the following:

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee (1968)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin (1999)
  • U.S. Court of International Trade – New York (1966)
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals – Washington, D.C. (1967)
  • U.S. Tax Court – Washington, D.C. (1978)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit – Washington, D.C. (1966)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (1975)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit – Boston (1969)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit – New York City (2012)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit – Richmond (1977)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit – New Orleans (1973)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit – Cincinnati (1968)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit – San Francisco (1992)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit – Atlanta (1981)
  • Interstate Commerce Commission – Washington, D.C. (1965)
  • Supreme Court of the United States – Washington, D.C. (1969)

D. Bruce Shine

Authored or co-authored the following legal articles in professional publications:

Book Chapters:


  • Author, “Interim Reinstatement Enforcement for the Whistleblower Under Sarbanes Oxley,” (Chapters 13 & 14) Understanding Developments in Whistleblower Law 3 Years After Sarbannes Oxley, M. Delikat, Editor, Practising Law Institute, 2006.
  • Author, “A View From the Whistleblower’s Attorney”, (Chapter 15) Understanding Developments in Whistleblower Law 2 Years After Sarbannes Oxley, M. Delikat, Editor, Practicing Law Institute, 2005.
  • Author, “The Emerging Role of Labor Unions and Crossborder Solidarity Efforts”, (Chapter 18), International Employment Law: The Multinational Employer and the Global Workforce, Dennis Campbell, Editor, Transnational Publishers, Inc., 1999.
Law Review Articles, etc:
  • Author, “Pity the SOX Whistleblower; Pity the SOX In-House Counsel Whistleblower,” Vol. 58, Issue No. 4 Labor Law Journal, (Winter 2007)
  • Author, “Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Provisions Have Teeth, and On Occasion Bites, Vol. 9, No. 1” Wall Street Lawyer, (June 2005).
  • Author, “The European Union’s Lack of Internal Borders in the Practice of Law. A Model for the United States?”, Vol. 29, No. 2, Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce (Spring 2002).
  • Author, “The European Union’s Right of Free Movement of Workers”, Vol. 1, No. 4, University of Memphis Law Review (Summer 2000).
  • Author, “The European Union’s Experiment: Mediation Without a Mediator”, (CCH) Vol. 1, No. 2, The Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment (Fall 1999).
  • Author, “An Analysis of the Terms and Level of Implementation of the European Union’s Collective Dismissal Directive and the United States’ WARN Act. Another Example for the European Union on the Relative Merits of Political Federation Over Confederation?”, Vol. 12, No. 2, Florida Journal of International Law (Summer 1998)1.
  • Author, “The European Union’s Efforts To Allow Professionals To Cross Borders To Practice Their Calling”, Vol. 49, No. 2, Labor Law Journal (February 1998).
  • Author, “Can the NLRB Help Cinderella and Little Orphan Annie?”, Vol. 47, No. 11, Labor Law Journal (November 1996).
  • Co-Author, “ESOP: The American Workers’ Leveraged Buy Out”, Vol. 95, No. 1, Case and Comment (January-February 1990).*
  • Co-Author, “A Primer on Unemployment Insurance Law for the General Practitioner”, Vol. 23, No. 2, Tennessee Bar Journal (March/April 1987).*
  • Author, “The Employment-at-Will Doctrine–Time to Terminate? But How?”, Vol.18, No. 4, Tennessee Bar Journal (November 1982).
  • Co-Author, “A Survey of Tennessee Labor Cases Since 1954”, Vol. 47, No. 2, (University of) Tennessee Law Review (Winter 1980).
  • Co-Author, “Finally, A Federal Remedy for Discharged Workmen’s Compensation Claimants in Tennessee”, Vol. 16, No. 1, Tennessee Bar Journal (February 1980).
  • Co-Author, “Psychology of Faculty Unions in the 70’s”, Vol. 7, International Journal of Instructional Media, (1979-80).
  • Author, “The October ’76 Term Revolution–End of an Era? New Trends in Race and Religious Employment Discrimination”, Vol. 13, No. 4, Tennessee Bar Journal (November 1977).
  • Author, “Fairness and the Fair Sex”, Marketing Times, (publication of Sales and Marketing Executives International, an organization with 22,000 members in 49 nations), August – September 1976 issue.
Published Interviews in Labor Law Publications
  • “SOX Early Warning Systems Can Benefit All,” CCH Labor Law Reports Insight, Issue 1397, No. 886, Part 2, December 22, 2004.
  • “Contractor or Employee?  NLRB reaffirms common law agency test,”  CCH Labor Law Reports Insight, No. 635, Issue 996, Part 2, November 1998.
  • “Contingent Workers, Will NLRB help unions organize?”  CCH Labor Law Reports Insight, No. 539, Issue 851, Part 2, December 1996.


  • Tusculum College, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.) (1960)
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D. (1964)
  • Columbia University School of Graduate Legal Studies (1964-65)
  • University of Leicester (UK), Faculty of Law, Master of Laws (LL.M.) (1999)
  • Tusculum College, Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) (Hon.) (1984)


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