Kenneth E. Milam

Kenneth E. Milam: Attorney with Watkins & Eager
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Kenneth E. Milam was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1969. He has exclusively practiced labor and employment law for 44 years, successfully litigating numerous employment discrimination cases in state and federal court. Kenneth has also conducted numerous NLRB union election campaigns, unfair labor practice trials, contract negotiations, and arbitrations. He has successfully represented clients before the Wage Hour Division of the Labor Department and Office of Federal Contract Compliance. In addition to counseling employers on day-to-day personnel matters, 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.

Honors & Recognitions

•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-17, Labor and Employment Law)
Mississippi Employment Law Practice Handbook, Contributor
•College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, fellow
Law Notes, Former co-editor
Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2010 Management Labour & Employment ed.)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-16, Employment & Labor; 2011 & 2014, Top 50 in Mississippi)
•Mississippi Bar Foundation, fellow
The Best Lawyers in America (1989-18, 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)

American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; Mississippi Bar Foundation.

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Employment and Labor
  • Employment and Labor Litigation
  • Employment and Severance Agreements
  • Employment Relations, Training, Practices and Procedures
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)
  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Class Action

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
601.965.1852  Phone
601-965-1901  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 650, Jackson, MS 39201
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, Bachelor's Degree, History, 1966
Law School Attended:
University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1969
Year of First admission:
1969, Mississippi

Community & Professional

•American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
•American Employment Law Council
•Capital Area Bar Association
•Lawyers Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Former Member)
•Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce (1989, Vice President)
•Mississippi Economic Council (1987-88, Chairman)
•Mississippi Supreme Court, Annexed Mediation Committee
•The Mississippi Bar (ADR Section; 2003, Chair)

1st Lt., U.S. Army, 1969-1971, Received Bronze Star
Birth Information:
Tupelo, Mississippi, 1944
Reported Cases:
Representative Cases: Ramsey v. East Mississippi Elec. Power Ass'n, No. 3:14-478 (S.D. Miss. Feb. 10, 2016) (summary judgment in race discrimination action); Ross v. Greenwood Utils., (N. D. Miss. August 22, 2014) (co-counsel summary judgment in race discrimination action); Tyler v. La-Z-Boy Corp., 506 F. App'x 265 (5th Cir. 2013) (obtained summary judgment against ADA and ADEA suit); Barkly v. Singing River Elec. Power Ass'n, S. D. Miss. July 7, 2009, aff'd 5th Cir. July 19, 2011 (summary judgment granted in race discrimination and retaliation action); DeCarlo v. Bonus Stores, Inc ., 2006 WL 1328890 (S.D. Miss. May 12, 2006) aff'd in relevant part, 289 F. App'x 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); Sample v. Yazoo Valley Elec. Power Ass'n, S.D. Miss. July 12, 1999, aff'd 5th Cir. May 1, 2001 (summary judgment granted in ADA action); Stafford v. True Temper Sports, 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 in ADEA suit)
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