Kenneth E. Milam

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Kenneth E. Milam was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1969. Exclusively practiced labor and employment law for thirty five years. Successfully litigated numerous employment discrimination cases before both jury and bench trials in state and federal court.  Conducted numerous NLRB union election campaigns, unfair labor practice trials, contract negotiations and arbitrations.  Successfully represented clients before the Wage Hour Division of the Labor Department and Office of Federal Contract Compliance.  Counsel employers on day to day personnel matters.  In addition he maintains an active arbitration  and mediation practice in all types of disputes.

His experience includes: Lead Counsel for multiple public school districts in Mississippi, during the state's only teachers strike; Co-Counsel for the American Truckers Association's constitutional challenge to constitutionality of ERISA restriction for multi-employer pension plans and Lead Counsel in successfully defeating an extension of liability to individual managers and supervisors under Mississippi's at-will employment law. Kenneth has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past 27 years and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service to our country as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army in Vietnam.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES:

Ramsey v. East Mississippi Electric Power Assc., S.D. Miss. Feb. 10, 2016 CV No. 3:14-478-HTW-LRA (summary judgment in race discrimination action)

Ross v. Greenwood Utilities, N. D. Miss. August 22, 2014 (co-counsel summary judgment in race discrimination action)

John Barkly v. Singing River Electric Power Association, S. D. Miss. July 7, 2009; Aff'd 5th Cir. July 19, 2011 (summary judgment granted in race discrimination and retaliation action)

Sample v. Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association, S.D. Miss. July 12, 1999; Aff'd 5th Cir. May 1, 2001 (summary judgment granted in ADA action)

Tyler v. La-Z-Boy Corp., 506 F. Appx. 265 (5th Cir. 2013) (obtained summary judgment against ADA and ADEA suit)

DeCarlo v. Bonus Stores, Inc., No. 2:03CV11-KS-J, 2006 WL 1328890 (S.D. Miss. May 12, 2006) aff'd in relevant part, 289 F. Appx. 735 (5th Cir. 2008) (obtained summary judgment against state-law retaliatory discharge suit)

Hammons v. Fleetwood Homes of Mississippi, Inc., 907 So. 2d 357 (Miss. Ct. App. 2004) (obtained summary judgment against wrongful discharge suit)

Stafford v. True Temper Sports, No. 1:96CV15-D-D, 1997 WL 88250 (N.D. Miss. Feb. 19, 1997) aff'd, 123 F.3d 291 (5th Cir. 1997) (obtained summary judgment against ERISA retaliation suit)

Pegues v. Emerson Elec. Co., 913 F. Supp. 976 (N.D. Miss. 1996) (obtained summary judgment against ADA and wrongful discharge suit)

Glasgow v. Sherwin-Williams Co., 901 F. Supp. 1185, 1195 (N.D. Miss. 1995) aff'd, 146 F.3d 867 (5th Cir. 1998) (obtained summary judgment against ADEA suit)

McDaniel v. Mississippi Baptist Med. Ctr., 877 F. Supp. 321, 323 (S.D. Miss. 1994) aff'd sub nom. McDaniel v. Mississippi Baptist, 74 F.3d 1238 (5th Cir. 1995) (obtained summary judgment against ADA and wrongful discharge suit)

Watkins v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., 797 F. Supp. 1349 (S.D. Miss. 1992) aff'd, 979 F.2d 1535 (5th Cir. 1992) (obtained summary judgment against wrongful discharge and ERISA suit)

Rosen v. Gulf Shores, Inc., 610 So. 2d 366 (Miss. 1992) (obtained summary judgment against wrongful discharge suit)

Mississippi Ass'n of Educators v. Trustees of Jackson Mun. Separate Sch. Dist., 510 So. 2d 123 (Miss. 1987) (obtained preliminary and permanent injunctions and declaratory judgment against strike by teachers)

Akins v. S. Cent. Bell Tel. Co., 744 F.2d 1133 (5th Cir. 1984) (obtained summary judgment against ADEA suit)

Contact Information:

Telephone number: 601.965.1852
Email: kemilam@watkinseager.com
Practice Areas
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Class Action
Employment and Labor
Employment and Labor Litigation
Education

Bachelor's Degree: History, University of Mississippi, 1966
Juris Doctor: University of Mississippi School of Law, 1969
ADR Training: Harvard University, Mediation School for Lawyers (1994)

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Honors

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2017, Labor and Employment Law)
  • Contributor, Mississippi Employment Law Practice Handbook
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
  • Law Notes,  Former co-editor
  • Listed in the Management Labour & Employment 2010 edition of Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2016, Employment & Labor; 2011 and 2014 Top 50 in Mississippi)
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (1989-2017, Labor and Employment Litigation, Arbitration, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Mediation)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Jackson, Mississippi Lawyer of the Year(2012, Labor Law - Management)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Jackson, Mississippi Lawyer of the Year(2013, Arbitration)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Jackson, Mississippi Lawyer of the Year (2014, Employment Law - Management)

Professional And Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • American Employment Law Council
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, former member
  • Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Vice President (1989)
  • Mississippi Economic Council, Chairman (1987-1988)
  • Mississippi State Supreme Court Annexed Mediation Committee
  • The Mississippi Bar, former chairman of the ADR section (2003)

 

 
 
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