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J. Randall Patterson

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Jackson
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J. Randall Patterson, shareholder in the Jackson, Mississippi, office, represents employers before the EEOC and other state and federal agencies, and advises employers on many topics including policies and procedures, reductions in force, wage and hour issues, employee handbooks, drug testing and employment contracts.

Featured Experience

Successfully defended a regional commercial contractor against an unfair labor practices charge brought by a local union alleging that the contractor had taken retaliatory measures against two individuals who complained that they and other employees were not being paid prevailing wages. After an extensive investigation by the National Labor Relations Board, the charge was dismissed.
2010

Obtained summary judgment for national restaurant operator in a lawsuit asserting claims of sexual harassment.

2010
Won partial summary judgment for construction company in suit asserting both federal and state employment law claims as well as multiple state law torts.
2010

Professional Biography

Overview

In employment litigation, Mr. Patterson has experience in a full range of employment related claims including: sexual harassment; age, race and disability discrimination, FLSA collective actions; retaliatory discharge and employment related defamation claims. Mr. Patterson has litigation experience in ERISA litigation cases involving the denial of employee benefits, breach of fiduciary duties and related claims, and in antitrust and white collar criminal defense.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully defended a regional commercial contractor against an unfair labor practices charge brought by a local union alleging that the contractor had taken retaliatory measures against two individuals who complained that they and other employees were not being paid prevailing wages. After an extensive investigation by the National Labor Relations Board, the charge was dismissed.
  • Obtained summary judgment for national restaurant operator in a lawsuit asserting claims of sexual harassment.

  • Won partial summary judgment for construction company in suit asserting both federal and state employment law claims as well as multiple state law torts.
  • Successfully defended regional health center, obtaining summary judgment in an employment case in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. In the complaint, the plaintiff asserted claims against the hospital and its administrator for wrongful termination in retaliation for the exercise of protected speech, as well as various state law claims.
  • Successfully represented a mental health facility in wrongful discharge case based on race and disability discrimination, and a pendant state law claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Obtained summary judgment based on plaintiff's failure to comply with the procedural requirements of the Mississippi Tort Claims Act.

  • Won summary judgment on all claims for defendant in an action alleging disability discrimination based upon the perception prong of the Americans with Disabilities Act, retaliation, as well as intentional infliction of emotional distress, and the negligent hiring/supervision of supervisors.
  • Obtained summary judgment for mental health facility and its individual board members in action alleging breach of employment contract, section 1983 claim, freedom of association, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® in ERISA Litigation (2015 – 2018); Labor and Employment Litigation (2018)
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading employment lawyer in Mississippi since 2007
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006 – 2007, 2013 – 2016)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member – Mississippi, Capital Area, North Carolina State and American (Sections on: Labor Law; Tort and Insurance; Contributing Author, 2000) Bar Associations
  • Member – Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member – DRI
  • Member – Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
    • Selected as an "MVP" (2012 – 2013)
    • President's Award – Lawyer of the Year (1999)
  • Member – Society of Human Resource Management
  • Adjunct Professor of Law – Mississippi College School of Law
  • Articles Editor – Mississippi College Law Review
  • Barrister – American Inns of Court (2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Member – Association of Citadel Men
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "God, Guns and Some Other Interesting Stuff" (July 2017)
  • "ADR, EEOC, Judicial Settlement Conferences and Negotiating Skills (Jackson)" (June 2016)
  • "NLRB Issues Employee Handbook Guidance (Jackson)" (October 2015)
  • "2014 in Review and 2015 Predictions (Jackson)" (January 2015)
  • Guest Speaker – "Top Ten Mistakes Mississippi Employers are Making," Mississippi Society for Human Resource Management State Conference, Gulfport, Mississippi (May, 2014)
  • Faculty Member – "Human Resource Law From Start to Finish," National Business Institute, Gulfport, Mississippi (April, 2014)
  • Faculty Member – "Human Resource Law From Start to Finish," National Business Institute, Jackson, Mississippi (April, 2014)
  • "Employee Handbooks: A Useful Tool or a Trap for the Unwary" (March 2014)
  • "Preparing for 2014: A Look Back at Significant Employment Law Developments Over the Past Year and What to Expect in the New Year" (January 2014)
  • Faculty Member – "The Art and Science of Alternative Dispute Resolution," Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, Civil Litigation Program, Vail, Colorado (January, 2014)
  • Moderator – "Employment Law Update in Mississippi," Lorman Education Services Seminar, Tupelo, Mississippi (August, 2013)
  • Faculty Member – "Human Resources Law: What You Need to Know Now," National Business Institute, Jackson, Mississippi (June, 2013)
  • Guest Speaker – "Employment Law Best Practices and Human Resources Audit Considerations," Mississippi Society of Human Resource Management State Conference, Gulfport, Mississippi (May, 2013)
  • Moderator – "Employment Law Update in Mississippi," Lorman Educational Services Seminar, Pearl, Mississippi (March, 2013)
  • Moderator – "Employment Law Update in Mississippi," Lorman Educational Services Seminar, Gulfport, Mississippi (February, 2013)
  • Faculty Member – "Overview of Employment Law," Law Education Institute, National CLE Conference, Civil Litigation Program, Aspen, Colorado (January, 2013)
  • Faculty Member – "Employee Documentation, Discipline and Discharge," National Business Institute, Jackson, Mississippi (July, 2012)
  • Guest Speaker – "Crucial Considerations for Handbooks and Policies," Mississippi Society for Human Resource Management State Conference, Gulfport, Mississippi (May, 2012)
  • Faculty Member – "Employment Law Beyond the Basics," Sterling Education Services, Inc., Jackson, Mississippi (November 2011)
  • Faculty Member – "Employment Laws Made Simple, Employment Laws You Need to Be Familiar With," National Business Institute, Jackson, Mississippi (June, 2011)
Press Releases

Awards

Industries

Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 1991, with special distinction
  • The Citadel, B.A. English, distinguished military graduate

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2007
  • Mississippi, 1991
  • North Carolina, 1992
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel of Neutrals, U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi

Randall Patterson is an accomplished employment litigator with a wealth of experience appearing before the EEOC. He is also adept at advisory work, handling discrimination issues for clients from a range of industries.

Randall Patterson frequently defends employers against discrimination allegations before the EEOC and also possesses notable experience in multiplaintiff wrongful termination and whistle-blower cases. Clients recommend his work advising employers on contracts, employee handbooks and benefits.

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