- Labor and Employment
Birmingham Southern College, B.S., 1992; University of Alabama, M.B.A., 1995
University of Alabama, J.D., 1996
1996, Alabama; 2004, U.S. Supreme Court; 1997, United States District Courts for Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama; 1997, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Birmingham and American Bar Associations; Alabama State Bar.
Bench and Bar. Member, Alabama Law Review. Law Clerk to the Honorable C. Lynwood Smith, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge, 1996-1997. 2015 Best Lawyers in America - Employment Law, Management. Alabama Super Lawyers.
U.S. Supreme Court:Ash v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 546 U.S. 454, 126 S. Ct. 1195, 163 L.Ed.2d 1053, (2006) (ruling on the standard to be used for comparative qualifications evidence in a promotion case and the standard for reviewing alleged discriminatory remarks as evidence to support a claim of discrimination)Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals:McCay v. Drummond Co., Inc., 509 Fed. Appx. 944 (11th Cir. 2013)(affirming denial of benefits claim under ERISA based upon timeliness arguments) Birdyshaw v. Dillard's Inc. 308 Fed. Appx. 431 (11th Cir. 2009)(affirming grant of summary judgment on Title VII retaliation claims)Watson, et. al. v. Drummond Co., Inc. 436 F.3d 1310 (11th Cir. 2006)(affirming grant of summary judgment to employer under Employee Polygraph Protection Act) Amos v. Tyson Foods, Inc. 153 Fed. Appx. 637 (11th Cir. 2005)(affirming grant of summary judgment for employer in race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit)Jones v. Dillard's, Inc. 331 F.3d 1259 (11th Cir. 2003) (reviewing standard for equitable tolling of claims under Age Discrimination in Employment Act)Summers v. Dillard's, Inc., 351 F.3d 1100 (11th Cir. 2003)(reversing district court's refusal to compel mandatory arbitration of employment discrimination claims)Alabama Supreme Court and Alabama Court of Civil Appeals:Byrd v. Dillard's, Inc. 892 So.2d 342 (Ala. 2004)(defining the interpretation of the statute of limitations under the Alabama Age Discrimination in Employment Act)Gayfer Montgomery Fair Co. v. Austin, 870 So.2d 683 (Ala. 2003)(ruling in favor of employer's use of mandatory arbitration program)Aldridge v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., 809 So.2d 785 (Ala. 2001)(federal preemption issues and state law tort claims of fraud, breach of contract, and promissory estoppel) Shoney's, Inc. v. Barnett, 773 So.2d 1015 (Ala. Civ. App. 1999)(vacating award of punitive damages in malicious prosecution action).
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