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

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

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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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “50-State Survey: Employment Libel and Privacy Law,” Media Law Resource Center.
  • Author and Regional Editor, “Employment at Will,” Bloomberg BNA.
  • Author, “Anti-discrimination Laws: Mississippi,” Practical Law Company.
  • Author, “LawForChange: Mississippi Employment Law,” Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.
  • Author, “Mississippi Labor and Employment Law,” Employment Law Alliance.
  • Author, “Employment Law Changes Around the World,” The Harmonie Group
  • Speaker, “Employment Law Briefing,” Ridgeland, Miss., May 2, 2019.
  • Speaker, “Employment Law Briefing,” Hattiesburg, Miss., April 25, 2019.
  • Author, “Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reaffirms that Title VII Does Not Prohibit Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation,” Workplace, March 5, 20019.
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