Mississippi

Review

Dispute resolution
Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes

Founded over 125 years ago and still going strong, Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes is considered one of the leading full-service law firms in Mississippi, with one client highlighting their "excellent reputation and expertise," adding, "This firm is very professional, efficient and thorough.” The firm operates out of offices in Columbus, Biloxi, and Jackson, Mississippi, as well as Washington DC.
       Star litigators David Kaufman and Patrick McDowell are trusted authorities in federal and state trial and appellate courts. McDowell and Kaufman are part of the lead counsel team representing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi in a federal multidistrict litigation involving consolidated putative nationwide class actions. Health care plan subscribers and health care providers challenging the national Blue Cross Blue Shield network structure under federal and state antitrust laws filed the suit. The allegations are based on horizontal market allocation and price fixing. The duo also remain busy as lead trial counsel for Sanofi in a case that alleges unfair, deceptive, false and fraudulent acts by the pharmaceutical company and other manufacturers or distributors in their labeling and marketing of chemotherapy agent Taxotere in alleged violation of the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act. William Trey Jones III is also a star litigator and represents a host of high-profile clients in complex litigation. Among his recent matters, Jones successfully defended a major lending institution in a breach of loan agreement dispute brought by two plaintiffs. In addition, Jones also represented a major automobile manufacturer in a civil rights racial discrimination case brought by a subcontractor, obtaining dismissal of the individuals’ claims. Future star Cody Bailey is recognized as an emerging litigator in the state and focuses his practice on complex commercial and business disputes in the construction industry. Bailey has successfully represented a variety of clients in payment and contract disputes, as well as construction defect and permitting claims.

Labor and employment
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Bradley has grown into a leading legal institution throughout the Southeastern US, enjoying increased market share through an ever-expanding footprint and a strategic recruiting process that has allowed it to go from strength to strength. Offering a broad range of services on offer even in the litigation capacity, Bradley has also emerged as a prominent contender in the labor and employment practice, representing several management-side key players in the region as clients.
     Birmingham’s John Smith represents regional grocery chain Winn-Dixie against claims that a plaintiff was terminated from her position because of her pregnancy. The plaintiff took a leave of absence in order to have a baby and called the store manager about returning to work. There was conflicting evidence about these communications and the plaintiff’s desire to return to work. The grocery store concluded that she did not want to return and ended her employment. The case was tried in front of a jury, which returned a verdict in favor of Winn-Dixie. The verdict was affirmed at the 11th Circuit.
     Mary Clay Morgan, operating from the firm’s Jackson, Mississippi office, represented the defendant, a hospital, in Americans with Disability Act claims brought by the US Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a nurse formerly employed by the hospital. The EEOC claimed that the hospital failed to accommodate the nurse’s temporary work restrictions when she returned to work after taking medical leave for a shoulder surgery. The EEOC aggressively sought extensive changes to the hospital’s policies and procedures, in addition to money damages on behalf of the individual employee. Morgan litigated the case through discovery and summary judgment, succeeded in limiting the testimony of one of the EEOC’s experts, and negotiated a consent decree to resolve the case on favorable terms shortly before trial. Morgan also represents a medical technology supplier based in Maryland as a defendant in a competitive tort lawsuit filed by another medical technology company in federal court in Mississippi. The plaintiff claims the firm’s client acted in concert with a co-defendant to hire the plaintiff’s employees in violation of non-competition agreements. The plaintiff seeks millions of dollars in recovery for alleged tortious interference with contracts between the plaintiff and the largest hospital system in Mississippi. The claims involve unique theories of liability implicating international transactions, as many of the employees at issue live in India, are employed by Indian companies, and entered into non-compete agreements in India, where those agreements are likely not enforceable.