Our team of labor and employment litigators has the deep and broad experience to help clients resolve labor and employment disputes, both in and out of the courtroom. We regularly represent our clients in federal and state courts throughout the Southeast.
Our group regularly advises clients on day-to-day employment matters to assist in their business operations. Our attorneys guide companies through the complex issues involved in working with the Department of Labor (including OSHA), MSHA, and other government agencies. We provide counsel related to responding to labor unions, including avoidance strategies and contract negotiations.
Meet Our Blog Contributors
Keith S. Anderson205.521.8714Email
Keith Anderson is a litigation and labor & employment partner and concentrates his practice on representing financial institutions in the financial services industry, as well as representing employers in employment matters. He has handled multiple litigated matters under the FLSA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and claims of discrimination and retaliation, as well as counseling employers on compliance and effective employment policies. View articles by Keith
Anne Knox Averitt205.521.8621Email
Anne Knox Averitt is a labor and employment and litigation associate in the Birmingham office. She represents governmental and corporate clients in a number of industries, including automotive, natural resources, manufacturing, health care, non-profit, employee staffing, housing compliance, communications, federal contracting, construction, and financial services. She has helped to obtain favorable resolution for matters at all stages, from dismissal on the initial pleadings to a defense jury verdict. View articles by Anne
Mary Ann Couch205.521.8281Email
Mary Ann Couch represents employers and insurers in ERISA litigation defending against benefit and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Mary Ann is prepared for every phase of litigation—from drafting and arguing dispositive motions and summary judgment briefs, deposing and interviewing witnesses, and navigating discovery disputes, to preparing for and participating in trial.
Keith Covington practices labor and employment, immigration, and construction law in the firm’s Birmingham office. He counsels employers on a wide variety of topics, including labor relations, union avoidance, equal employment opportunity, OSHA compliance, disability accommodation, non-compete agreements, and issues relating to employee discipline and termination. His immigration practice includes worksite compliance and obtaining employer-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas for foreign national employees. View articles by Keith
John W. Hargrove205.521.8343Email
John Hargrove is chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group and is a Fellow in the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He regularly represents public and private companies in mining, construction, manufacturing, medical, communications and warehousing industries, among others. He also represents municipal and quasi-public organizations such as police and fire departments and school boards. John also has represented several nonprofit agencies, ranging from national sports organizations to small local charities. View articles by John
J. William Manuel601.592.9915Email
Will Manuel focuses his practice primarily on commercial and employment litigation. He has handled various disputes for both large and small businesses in both Mississippi and other jurisdictions. His clients include numerous manufacturers and commercial interests as well as various insurance and financial services companies. He has worked to defend these clients in both MDL litigation and individual actions brought in Mississippi. Will also has experience in advising businesses on issues involving age discrimination, sexual harassment and wage/overtime disputes. Will’s focus is on active litigation from the initial discovery process through trial. View articles by Will
T. Matthew Miller205.521.8243Email
Matt Miller has nearly 20 years of experience representing and advising management in all areas of labor and employment law, including anti-discrimination laws, wage and hour law, ERISA, OSHA, and covenants not to compete. He regularly advises clients on preventive measures, including creation and revision of policies and procedures, and represents clients in court cases in federal, state and administrative forums. View articles by Matt
Mary Clay W. Morgan601.592.9945Email
Mary Clay Morgan is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Labor and Employment Practice Group, and Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Team. Her practice primarily involves the representation of defendants in both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. View articles by Mary Clay
Alicia N. Netterville601.592.9968Email
Alicia Netterville joined the firm as a part of the Construction and Litigation groups after completing a clerkship with the Honorable Carlton W. Reeves of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi. She graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law (magna cum laude), where she served on the Mississippi Moot Court Board and the Dean’s Leadership Council. She was also a member of the Black Law Students Association, the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association and the Public Interest Law Foundation. View articles by Alicia
John P. Rodgers615.252.4642Email
John Rodgers represents public and private employers in employment-related litigation and assists them with employment policies, employee handbooks, workplace investigations, disciplinary actions, and terminations. He actively litigates employment disputes on behalf of employers and has handled discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour, FMLA, and non-compete cases in both state and federal court. He also devotes substantial attention to ERISA litigation and representing individuals and businesses in conservatorship matters. View articles by John
Amanda James Turnage256.517.5109Email
Amanda Turnage assists employers with policies and handbooks, workplace investigations, and the defense of federal employment discrimination claims, including claims of race, sex, disability, and age discrimination. She has also represented clients concerning wage and hour FLSA claims and workers’ compensation and employment claims predicated on state law tort and contract theories.
Bridget Warren focuses on commercial litigation in a wide variety of areas, including intellectual property rights, commercial contracts, securities and employment law. She represents clients in trade secret, trademark and copyright disputes, as well as related employment issues, such as non-compete agreements. A significant portion of her practice includes counseling clients before litigation is filed, and working to negotiate favorable settlements prior to trial.
Clarence Webster III601.592.9906Email
Clarence Webster has represented and advised a broad range of clients in a variety of matters, including financial services litigation, products liability and mass torts litigation, labor and employment matters, and appellate litigation. Clarence has participated in cases venued in federal and state trial and appellate courts in Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, California, Wisconsin, Delaware, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Alabama.
Michael Casey Williams601.592.9918Email
Michael Williams represents clients in a broad range of civil litigation matters, including product liability litigation, mass tort litigation, and employment litigation in both state and federal court. In addition to handling various general litigation matters, Michael also serves clients’ intellectual property needs by assisting in the protection and use of their intellectual property rights.
Anne R. Yuengert205.521.8362Email
Anne Yuengert works with clients to manage their employees, including conducting workplace investigations of harassment or theft, training employees and supervisors, consulting on reductions in force and severance agreements, drafting employment agreements (including enforceable noncompetes) and handbooks, assessing reasonable accommodations for disabilities, and working through issues surrounding FMLA and USERRA leave. When preventive measures are not enough, she handles EEOC charges, OFCCP and DOL complaints and investigations, and has handled cases before arbitrators, administrative law judges and federal and state court judges. She has tried more than 30 cases to verdict. View articles by Anne