Joshua Vincent

  • Nashville,  Tennessee
Joshua Vincent

HR Professional, Attorney

Work History

Work History
May 2016 - Present

Principal IT Consultant

Vanderbilt University
Nov 2013 - May 2016

Human Resources Manager

Nemak USA, Inc.

Led a team of 7 people as Head of HR for two (2) foundries near Birmingham, Alabama (~1,000 employees, $350 M). Recruited to facilitate financial turn-around of both facilities.

  • Planned and executed reductions in force to streamline departmental workflows and reduce annual payroll by >$2M.
  • Implemented processes to decrease turnover and improve hiring effectiveness (“batting average”), resulting in net decreases in turnover of approximately 23% (hourly) and 59% (salary).
  • Drove absenteeism to 46% below and turnover 80% below national manufacturing averages, despite extreme foundry environment.
  • Collaborated with departmental management to create talent development committees, career dialogue processes, and succession planning.
  • Created or updated more than 170 job descriptions, standardized job titles, verified FLSA classifications, and evaluated appropriate salary ranges for all roles.
  • Developed module based learning to improve effectiveness of front-line supervision and expedite onboarding of new hires and promotions. Directly instructed approximately 70 supervisors in revised approach to fundamentals of supervision, including coaching for performance and legal issues.
  • Revised Employee Handbook for first time in 5 years in light of legal and marketplace changes.
  • Reduced employee complaints to EEOC & OSHA to nearly zero while obtaining record-setting productivity by retraining supervisors with employee-first philosophy.

Enhanced position’s effectiveness with legal background, coordinating legal matters and budgets with various outside counsel.

  • Exceeded expectations in favorably resolving various Title VII and worker’s compensation lawsuits.
  • Addressed EEOC, EPA, and OSHA matters promptly, coordinated with outside counsel.
  • Interfaced with local, state, and federal agencies to accomplish objectives of USA/CAN headquarters in Detroit, MI and global headquarters in Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Facilitated immigration process to integrate members of our Canadian and European plants into the Alabama organization.
  • Standardized language in communications related to recruiting, non-selection, offer letters, relocation packages, and reclassification to provide consistency and mitigate legal risks.
2011 - 2013


Vincent Law Group P.C.

Counseled business owners and entrepreneurs in intellectual property, transactional, estate, and probate matters. Represented businesses and individuals before TN Human Rights Commission, TN Dept. of Revenue, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, IRS, and state court (Davidson, Williamson, Maury Counties).

  • Favorably resolved internal disputes among business owners, and disputes with government.
  • Prepared patentability opinions, application drafts, office action responses, and analyzed tax consequences for IP asset acquisition and enforcement.
  • Drafted and negotiated licensing, service, organization, separation, dissolution, and employment agreements.


2008 - 2011

Juris Doctorate (Law)

Southern Methodist University
2003 - 2008

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering

The University of Memphis

cum laude and with University Honors


Professional Licenses

Tennessee Bar

Texas Bar

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office