Adam counsels and defends employers, including manufacturers, health care facilities, food processing plants, energy utilities, and trucking companies. He helps his clients work through challenging management issues and provides options that allow them to accomplish their goals while minimizing exposure. He also defends them against charges filed with the EEOC and Department of Labor, regularly conducts internal investigations, drafts employment agreements, enforces restrictive covenants, and handles disputes in litigation and arbitration.
In addition, Adam has defended manufacturers, food processors and waste management companies in collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act in which plaintiffs claimed they were owed compensation for unpaid overtime, meal and rest breaks, travel to their work sites, and donning & doffing clothing and protective gear.
He has extensive experience in employment-based class and collective action matters. In the course of representing one of Mississippi's largest manufacturers, Adam helped defend the company in an employment discrimination class action that was severed into 80 individual cases. He played an extensive role in arbitrating more than 60 of them, presenting numerous opening and closing arguments, and examining hundreds of witnesses.
Adam also has experience with general commercial litigation, including contract disputes, premises liability claims and litigation involving former executives.
- Prevailed in arbitration on behalf of a health care system against claims by a former executive who alleged the health care system breached his employment agreement by terminating him after he claimed he had experienced a diminution of authority, duty, or responsibility following a change of control transaction.
- Won summary judgment for skilled nursing home on claims made by former Director of Nursing who alleged pregnancy discrimination and violation of her FMLA rights.
- Defended national construction company in a qui tam action filed by a union alleging that the defendants had underpaid workers and defrauded the United States government. After winning dismissal of all claims but one and uncovering that, despite the involvement of federal agencies, there were no federal funds involved in the underlying project, the relator and United States agreed to settle the claim for a small fraction of the amount the relator alleged was in dispute.
- Won summary judgment for large manufacturing client against claims by three African-American employees that they were terminated because of their race.
- Conducted numerous internal investigations for energy utility that involved considerations of federal regulations, including Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations.
- Won summary judgment for large manufacturing client against claims by former African-American member of management who alleged racial discrimination, racial harassment, and retaliation.
- Prevailed on summary judgment for skilled nursing home on claims made by former nurse's aide who alleged she had been assigned harder work because of her race and retaliated against for complaining about it.
- Won summary judgment for large manufacturing client on claims of racial discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiff alleged that she had been paid less and treated differently because of her race and gender.
- Defended a poultry processor against race, national origin and gender discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims brought by 11 individual plaintiffs and a pattern and practice claim brought by the EEOC seeking to recover equitable relief, compensatory damages, and punitive damages on behalf of more than 100 class members that ultimately resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.
- Represented national restaurant chain against allegations that locations across Mississippi and Alabama did not comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and resolved the claims by correcting the limited violations but not paying any compensatory damages and only limited attorneys' fees.
- Defended petroleum-industry client against claims by former employee that he was paid less and treated differently because of his race and gender, and that he was terminated for the same reasons. After uncovering numerous instances of dishonest and fraudulent behavior, the case settled for about two percent of the plaintiff's demand.
- Obtained agreement from plaintiff who alleged sexual harassment by manager to voluntarily dismiss our client, a national restaurant chain, from suit against it and its franchisee.
- Represented defendant poultry processor in a wage and hour collective action involving workers who claimed that they should be paid for time spent donning and doffing various gear, walking to and from the work station, and washing themselves and their gear. The case involved more than 1,800 claimants in the original class and more than 500 claimants in an additional class. After extensive discovery, the case was successfully settled during a two-day mediation.
- Defending large manufacturing client against lawsuits alleging violation of a state statute prohibiting firearms in the employer's parking lots, which is a developing area of state law.
- Defending timber company against claims that on-site drivers were not properly compensated under the FLSA.
Honors & Recognitions
- The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Litigation - Labor and Employment and Employment Law - Management (2021-24)
- Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading labor & employment lawyer in Mississippi (2020-2022)
- Mid-South Super Lawyers, Mid-South Rising Star (2014 – 2021)
- Mississippi Bar's Leadership Forum, Class of 2015
- 2014 International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Stanford University
Community & Professional
- American Bar Association, Member
- Mississippi Bar Association, Member
- Louisiana Bar Association, Member
- The Capital Area Bar Association, Member
- Jackson Young Lawyers Association, Member
- DRI, Member
- Articles Editor, Mississippi College Law Review (2005 – 2006)
- Mississippi College Law Review Best Case Note Award, 2005
- Mississippi College Moot Court Board
Articles & Publications
- "DOL Releases New FFCRA Child Care Guidance" (August 2020)
- "Three Key Takeaways for Health Care Employers from April 14, 2020 CDC Guidance" (April 16, 2020)
- "COVID-19 FAQ For Long Term Care Employers" (March 13, 2020)
- "Shaping the Workforce: Emerging Trends for Long Term Care Employers" (April 2019)
- "Three Challenges Facing HR Pros in Health Care and Beyond" (November 2018)
- "Ten Simple Steps to Avoid Employment Lawsuits" (February 2018)
- "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (January 2018)
- "10 Simple Steps to Avoid Employment Lawsuits," Legal Briefs, Mississippi Manufacturers Association (September 2017)
- "Hang On, the Overtime Roller Coaster is Taking Another Turn" (July 2017)
- "Is the 8 and 80 Overtime Exception for Hospitals and Health Care Providers the Right Fit for Your Company?," Health Law Alert (May 2017)
- "Federal Appeals Court Rules that Title VII Protects Employees from Sexual Orientation Discrimination" (April 2017)
- "Accommodating Mental Health Conditions – The EEOC's Latest Guidance and Some Practical Tips for Complying with the ADA" (February 2017)
- "2016 Christmas Party Post Mortem" (December 2016)
- "Health Care Employers Heads Up: What You Need to Know About Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act" (September 2016)
- "EEOC Does Its Best to Make Complaining Employees Untouchable with New Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation" (March 2016)
- "Help with HIPAA!" (March 2016)
- "Medical Malpractice Act Cap Withstands a (Particularly Heart-Wrenching) Constitutional Challenge," The Bulletin, Shreveport Medical Society, Volume 63, Number 4 (April 2012)
- Q&A Session: Return to Work and Work Continuity Planning (June 2020)
- Develop a Well-Rounded Return to Work Plan (May 2020)
- Coronavirus in Long Term Care: Overview of FAQ for Employers (March 18, 2020)
- Navigating New Wage and Hour Issues for the Long Term Care Workforce (July 2019)
- The ADA and Telecommuting: Creative Approaches to Reasonable Accommodation (May 2019)
- What Worries a Chief HR Officer? The Same Issues that Worry You (November 2018)
- "Tips on How to 86 Wage & Hour Violations in Your Restaurants," webinar (September 2018)
- "Ten Simple Steps to Avoid an Employment Lawsuit" (November 2017)
- "Trends, Tips and Tactics for Accommodating the Disabled" (March 2017)
- "FLSA Workshop: What You Need to Know & How to Prepare for the New Overtime Regulations," Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Jackson, Mississippi (March 2016)
- "It's a Thin Line Between Love and EEOC Charges (Jackson)" (February 2016)
- "10 Ways Your Business May Be Breaking Employment Laws (Jackson)" (January 2016)
- "National Labor Relations Board's Expanding Agenda," Employment Law Beyond the Basics, Sterling Education Services (January 2014)
- "Fair Labor Standards Act," Lorman Education Services, Inc. (October 2012)
- "Employment Law Beyond the Basics, Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace" (September 2012)
- "Louisiana Workers' Compensation Update," Workers Compensation Retaliation, Lorman Education Services, Inc. (August 2012)
Juris Doctor: Mississippi College School of Law, 2006, magna cum laude
Bachelor's Degree: Louisiana Tech University, 2003, cum laude
- Mississippi, 2006
- Louisiana, 2012
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2006
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 2006
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2012