Michael L. Haynie

Nashville, Tennessee

Michael L. Haynie is a principal with Manier & Herod.  For over 20 years, he has specialized in representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims.  Mr. Haynie graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University and earned his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Haynie is admitted to practice law in Tennessee and Florida.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, Mid-South Workers’ Compensation Association, and the Defense Research Institute.  Mr. Haynie is also a member and current president of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association.  Mr. Haynie also serves on the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Human Resources Committee.  Mr. Haynie was a contributing editor of Manier & Herod’s Tennessee Workers’ Compensation: The Ultimate Guide.

Mr. Haynie is frequently called upon to draft and advise on workers’ compensation legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly and has authored amicus briefs filed in the Tennessee Supreme Court on behalf of the business community.  He is also actively involved in forums and rule making proceedings at the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.  In recognition of his contributions to the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Law, Mr. Haynie received the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association 2016 Defense Lawyer of the Year award.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • Nova Southeastern University 
    • J.D., 1994
  • Auburn University
    • B.A., cum laude, 1991

Honors & Awards

  • TDLA Defense Lawyer of the Year, 2016

Published Works

  • Principal Author, Tennessee Workers’ Compensations, A Practical Guide (4th ed., 2012)
  • Principal Author, Tennessee Workers’ Compensations, A Practical Guide (3rd ed., 2007)


  • Speaker, Georgia Board of Workers’ Compensation Annual Educational Conference, 2012 – Present
  • Handling Workers’ Compensation Claims in Tennessee at Mississippi Educational Conference, Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, 2012

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Committee
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Mid-South Workers’ Compensation Association