Employment Law

Employment Compliance and Counseling

The attorneys at Wilkins Patterson believe in a proactive approach to employment defense, which includes workplace counseling designed to ensure compliance and avoid litigation when possible. Wilkins Patterson is committed to cost-effective representation of its clients, which begins at the decision-making stage long before the contemplation of litigation. We have extensive experience in drafting and revising workplace policies and assisting our clients in developing and implementing preventative strategies, including effective training to minimize exposure to employment claims. This daily advice work ranges from counseling and disciplining employees to navigating workplace investigations; directing and/or providing onsite workplace training to prevent discrimination, harassment, and other workplace complaints; preparing employment and severance agreements; providing guidance regarding wage and hour compliance; and related human resources issues.

Labor and Employment Litigation

The attorneys at Wilkins Patterson have extensive experience in defending management in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, from individual plaintiff claims to collective actions. This practice includes removal, case and strategy assessment, cost-efficient budgeting, discovery, motion practice, summary judgment, trial, and appellate practice. The attorneys at Wilkins Patterson have successfully represented clients across a broad spectrum of industries in all areas of employment and labor, including:

  • Title VII
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  • State law wrongful discharge and employment tort claims
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Unemployment Claims
  • Restrictive covenants

Wilkins Patterson’s attorneys also represent employers in all aspects of administrative practice at both the federal and state level, including matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the Department of Labor (including the Wage and Hour Division), the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, and the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission. 

Other Practice Areas:

Alternative Dispute Resolution

While our firm specializes in litigation, we also recognize the need of insurers and employers to examine all options regarding cost containment.

Appellate Practice

Our lawyers have extensive experience in both federal and state courts.

Civil Rights Defense

Patterson recognize that these claims must be investigated thoroughly but fairly, with close attention to detail.

Construction Defense and Consulting

The lawyers in the construction group at Wilkins Patterson provide consulting services to their clients relating to all facets of the construction industry.

General Liability

Since the 1970s, companies have depended upon the experience, skill and professional dedication of the attorneys at Wilkins Patterson to defend their liability claims.

Motor Vehicle Defense

Motor Vehicle liability defense was a practice area upon which Wilkins Patterson was founded and it continues to be a fundamental practice area today.

Premises Liability

The lawyers at Wilkins Patterson represent business owners in premises liability cases including slip and falls, negligent security, and false imprisonment lawsuits.

Products Liability

Our products liability group represents manufacturers, retailers, medical providers, automobile manufacturers and dealers in a variety of claims.

Rental Purchase Law

Attorneys at Wilkins Patterson represent business clients in matters involving rental purchase laws and contract disputes.