As a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, Mackin’s practice focuses on defending companies against virtually all types of employment-related lawsuits and counseling employers on employment matters. He regularly represents local and national companies, school districts, non-profits, and other private and public employers in Mississippi. Mackin has extensive experience and knowledge in defending civil rights litigation, including unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as medical leave violations, wrongful termination, tortious interference claims, non-competition enforcement, and wage and hour matters.

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Mackin’s success in defending employment lawsuits comes from his years of employment law experience. In his 10 years of practice, Mackin has litigated nearly 100 lawsuits, most with favorable resolutions to his clients. The majority of Mackin’s practice involves state and federal claims brought in federal courts throughout Mississippi. Mackin is also well versed in appellate practice and possesses a 100% success rate in his matters before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mackin regularly helps employers with employee discipline and terminations, disability accommodations and leave-related issues, and other employment counseling matters. He represents employers in Department of Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigations, mediations, and enforcement proceedings. He also helps clients negotiate settlements and resolutions to employment disputes in order to avoid litigation.

His experience also includes conducting supervisory and management training for state and federal employment laws. He also drafts and assists employers with employee separation agreements, non-compete agreements, and other employment-related contracting, and he provides analysis and opinions regarding applicability of exemptions and other wage-related issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Mackin also helps employers draft and revise employee handbooks and other employment policies to ensure compliance with state and federal law.

Mackin has been recognized for his expertise by Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®.  He is active in the American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, Capital Area Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association.

As a native Jacksonian, Mackin enjoys the good friends and fine southern foods that most people may be surprised to find in Mississippi. When not spending time with his wife and kids, Mackin likes to put his restoration and renovation skills to use on his Mid-Century Modern home and his growing collection of classic cars and musical instruments. Mackin is no stranger to hard work or getting his hands dirty as he avidly seeks proficiency in new areas of expertise, both in his professional endeavors and his personal life.

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2012
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Ones to Watch, Appellate Practice, 2021-2022
    • Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law – Employee, 2021-2022
    • Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law – Management, 2021-2022
    • Ones to Watch, Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2021-2022
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Rising Star, Employment Litigation – Defense, 2019-2021

Education & Honors

  • Mississippi College, J.D., cum laude, 2012
    • Technical Editor, Mississippi College Law Review
    • Moot Court Board
  • Mississippi College, B.A., History, 2007, cum laude
  • Externship, Federal District Judge Henry T. Wingate, ​Southern District of Mississippi

Experience

  • Extensive experience and success in defending employers against lawsuits by former employees alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other employment-related legal challenges.
  • Regularly counsels employers in employee discipline and termination, disability accommodations and Family and Medical Leave Act issues, and other litigation avoidance areas.
  • Represents employers in Department of Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigations, mediations, and enforcement proceedings.
  • Conducts supervisory and management training for state and federal employment laws.
  • Drafts and assists employers with employee separation agreements, non-compete agreements, and other employment-related contracting.
  • Provides analysis and opinions regarding applicability of exemptions and other wage-related issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Creates and revises employee handbooks and other employment policies to ensure compliance with state and federal law.
  • Negotiating settlements and resolutions to employment disputes and litigation. 
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