Stephen M. Darden

100 Medtech Parkway, Suite 110
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone: (423) 283-6303

Peer Review Rated
William C. Argabrite

Practice Emphasis:

  • Employment litigation and client representation before administrative bodies
  • Preventive lawyering through day-to-day advice to employers of all sizes
  • Traditional labor practice: collective bargaining, arbitration, elections, unfair labor practice charges
  • Listed mediator


  • B.S., University of Tennessee (1982)
  • J.D., University of Tennessee (1985)

Practice Experience:

Mr. Darden’s strong advocacy, analytical and communication skills, along with his ability to deliver results through public service and the practice of law, have led to outstanding client relationships and long-term satisfaction. He combines these skills with his labor relations experience in serving as an effective neutral mediator in the employment arena, in business-related matters, and in disputes that could lead to lawsuits or that are already pending in court. He employs effective mediation advocacy on behalf of clients.

Mr. Darden’s extensive traditional labor practice involves serving as client spokesperson in collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice charge advocacy, election petitions before the NLRB / development of campaign strategy, consultation regarding employee relations, and advice on employment-related statutes, including the Affordable Care Act.


  • “Dress Codes and Appearance Policies: Challenges Under Federal Legislation” (The Health Care Manager, 2014)
  • Tennessee Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section — NLRB Holds Election for Northwestern Football Players (July 2014)
  • Johnson City Business Magazine — “Legal Watch” columnist (Beginning in 1998)


  • “Super Lawyers” (2012 to present)
  • Founding member, Washington County Economic Development Council
  • “Johnson City, Tennessee Board of Commissioners (3 terms; mayor, 2005-2007)


  • Tennessee (1985)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and sixth Circuit, United States Supreme Court

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