Our team of labor and employment litigators has 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 court throughout the southeast.
Our group regularly advises clients on day-to-day employment matters to assist in the functioning of their businesses. 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 regarding 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
James Bailey has experience with both debtor and creditor representation in bankruptcy, out-of-court workouts and restructurings, and bankruptcy-related litigation. James also regularly represents commercial lenders and mortgage servicers in federal court commercial litigation.
Caleb L. Barron615.252.3569Email
Caleb Barron advises clients on a broad range of employee benefits and executive compensation issues. He has experience in drafting and amending governing documents for retirement and welfare plans, including 401(k) plans, ESOPs, medical plans, cafeteria plans and wrap plans. Caleb has advised clients in the preparation and delivery of participant communications and disclosures required under ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, the Affordable Care Act, and various provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, and has helped guide them through the many compliance issues that arise under the Affordable Care Act.
Aron C. Beezley202.719.8254Email
Aron Beezley focuses primarily on government contracts and construction law. Named a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the area of Government Contracts Law in both 2014 and 2015, Aron’s vast government contracts experience includes representation of government contractors in a variety of industries in all aspects of the government-contracting process, including negotiation, award, performance, and termination. View articles by Aron
Jennifer F. Brinkley256.517.5103Email
Jennifer Brinkley has extensive experience advising various companies on U.S. government contract matters and general corporate matters. Her areas of responsibility have included Federal Acquisition Regulation compliance, investigation and resolution of government investigations related to timekeeping and accounting matters, False Claims Act violation allegations, contracts management support and advice, litigation management, employment and real estate matters. View articles by Jennifer
Mary Ann Couch205.521.8281Email
Mary Ann Couch helps her clients avoid and solve problems in a variety of matters—from financial services and business litigation to employment disputes and ERISA litigation. Mary Ann is licensed in both Alabama and Florida, and has litigated cases in trial and appellate courts across the Southeast. She represents clients in a number of industries, including manufacturing, natural resources, health care, employee benefits, and financial services. View articles by Mary Ann
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
Michael S. Denniston205.521.8244Email
Mike Denniston’s practice focuses on advising and litigating for clients concerning antitrust and competition law and intellectual property issues. His practice spans the breadth of the antitrust and intellectual property arena. Mike’s antitrust practice encompasses not only litigation and advising clients, but also working closely with the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group on merger analysis and preparing transactions for premerger review pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.
John E. Goodman205.521.8476Email
John Goodman has represented clients in complex litigation for more than 25 years. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts in Alabama, throughout the region and beyond. His practice is principally in the area of class action and mass action defense, having served as lead counsel in more than one hundred putative class actions and in more than twenty different states.
Mark A. Hanley813.559.5507Email
Mark Hanley has practiced labor relations and employment law since 1982. He has extensive experience in litigating class action and single plaintiff suits brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). He also handles whistleblower and retaliation claims. In addition, he has also mediated over 2,000 employment disputes. Mark also spends significant time advising management clients on identifying potential legal issues and resolving day-to-day employment related matters.
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
Brendan W. Hogan202.719.8263Email
Brendan Hogan focuses his practice in the areas of policyholder insurance coverage and construction. Brendan has handled insurance matters involving a diverse range of property and casualty policies, including auto, commercial general liability, directors and officers, employment practices liability, errors and omissions and professional liability, property, and title insurance.
Ty E. Howard615.252.2376Email
Ty Howard brings the perspective of a former state and federal prosecutor to defending and counseling businesses and individuals involved in government investigations, compliance matters, False Claims Act and whistleblower cases, related business litigation, and white-collar criminal matters. As a litigator and chair of Bradley’s Government Enforcement and Investigations group, he works collaboratively with clients, across many industries, to find creative solutions to their compliance needs, to conduct sensitive investigations and negotiations, and—when necessary—to mount a vigorous defense.
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
A. Kate Margolis601.592.9930Email
Kate Margolis knows insurance coverage is essential to the long-term viability of any business, from a small business or hometown bank to an international hotel chain or Fortune 500 manufacturer. Kate is committed to cost-effective strategies to prevent potential coverage issues if possible, creative solutions to achieve a satisfactory business resolution when a coverage question arises, and unrelenting advocacy for the client when litigation is warranted.
Austin L. McMullen615.252.2307Email
Austin McMullen approaches his clients’ projects with a zeal to discover creative solutions to their problems. For Austin, the difficult and complex issues prove to be the most interesting and drive him to figure out all the contours of the law to help his clients.
Focusing his practice on bankruptcy law, government relations, and commercial litigation, Austin represents creditors and Chapter 11 debtors; candidates in election contests; and clients involved in federal, state and local permitting issues; as well as clients in commercial litigation before state and federal courts.
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
Brad Robertson works with clients facing government investigations and litigations, dealing with whistleblower allegations and qui tam actions, and planning compliance programs to prevent these occurrences in the first place. He helps his clients navigate compliance and potential liability under the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute and FIRREA, in addition to other areas of health care fraud and abuse, financial/mortgage fraud, and white collar criminal law. View articles by Brad
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
Emily M. Ruzic205.521.8447Email
Emily Ruzic handles complex business litigation matters, including non-compete and breach-of-contract cases; trade secret, trademark, and copyright infringement litigation; and Federal Trade Commission investigations. She works on a diverse range of matters for a variety of industries, including insurance, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and real estate.
Jonathan E. Schulz704.338.6127Email
Jonathan Schulz is a business litigator who represents clients ranging from individuals and family-run small businesses to public corporations. He advises clients on all aspects of the dispute resolution process and litigates claims relating to fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, trademark infringement, and violation of non-competition covenants. Jonathan has represented clients in both state and federal courts, including the North Carolina Business Court, as well as in AAA arbitration.
Christina M. Seanor601.592.9954Email
Christina Seanor represents clients regarding property damage and business interruption claims. Christina advises on the application of policy language, including choice-of-law, mortgagee, sub-limit, and exclusionary provisions, among others. Her practice includes the defense of workers’ compensation, attorney malpractice, insurance subrogation, and government liability claims.
J. Christopher SelmanEmail
Christopher Selman is a litigator, representing clients in a variety of industries, such as construction, government contracting, energy, real estate, and healthcare. Christopher is a member of the firm’s General Litigation, Energy, Government Contracts, and Construction and Procurement practice groups.
Alexander G. Thrasher205.521.8891Email
Alex Thrasher is a member of the Construction Practice Group. He graduated (magna cum laude) from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he was the recipient of the Daniel Austin Brewer Professionalism Award. Prior to law school, Alex worked as a project manager for an industrial contractor. In that capacity, Alex collaborated with general contractors, subcontractors, facility owners, engineers, and fabricators to successfully complete construction projects across numerous industries.
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.
Clarence Webster IIIEmail
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 WilliamsEmail
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