Walter J. Brand

Walter J. Brand: Attorney with Watkins & Eager
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Biography

Walter J. Brand heads the Employment and Labor Practice Group at Watkins & Eager, where he has counseled and defended employers for more than 25 years. Walter approaches his practice with the view that successful defense of employment claims begins long before a lawsuit is filed and turns upon several separate processes: fair, accurate, and documented handling of personnel actions based on updated employer policies; cogent explanation of employer action before administrative agencies that is consistent with documented employer business decisions; and nuanced discovery, evidentiary, and legal strategies designed to efficiently position cases for successful resolution by motion or trial.

Walter represents employers across numerous economic sectors, including the automotive, poultry processing, propane, banking, financial, physician, hospital, and medical service industries. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and is consistently recognized in the area of employment litigation defense in Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, and Super Lawyers. He is a member of the American Employment Law Council and regularly serves as an instructor and contributing author on human resources administration and employment litigation topics before legal education and industry audiences.

Legal Experience

•Mississippi Bar, 1987

Honors & Recognitions

•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
The Best Lawyers in America (Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-17, Employment Litigation: Defense)
Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Employment Litigation)
The Best Lawyers in America, Jackson, Mississippi Lawyer of the Year (2016 and 2017, Employment Law - Management)

Areas of Practice (8)

  • 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
  • Class Action

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
601.965.1863  Phone
www.watkinseager.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 650, Jackson, MS 39201
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, B.B.A., 1984
Law School Attended:
University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 1987
Year of First admission:
1987
Admission:
All Mississippi state and federal courts; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Memberships:

Community & Professional

•American Employment Law Council, 2009-present
•Defense Research Institute, 1997-2008; Joint Monograph Subcommittee Chair (EPLI), 1999; Regional Newsletter Editor
•Mississippi Contributor for Practical Law
•The Mississippi Bar

Birth Information:
Jackson, Mississippi, 1963
Reported Cases:
Representative Cases: Windham v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., 2016-153 C-2 (Covington Cnty. Cir. Ct. Oct. 31, 2017) (summary judgment granted for all defendants in action asserting wrongful termination, infliction of emotional distress, malicious interference with employment relations, and negligent supervision claims); Simpson v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., 744 F.3d 702 (11th Cir. 2014) (affirming dismissal with prejudice of putative class action for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted); Crown v. Nissan North America, Inc., 634 F. Supp. 2d 688 (S.D. Miss. 2009) (summary judgment granted in FMLA action); Stafford v. True Temper Sports, 1997 WL 88250 (N.D. Miss. Feb. 19, 1997), aff'd 123 F.3d 291 (5th Cir. 1997) (summary judgment granted in ERISA retaliation action); McDaniel v. Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, 877 F. Supp. 321, 323 (S.D. Miss. 1995), aff'd sub nom. McDaniel v. Mississippi Baptist, 74 F.3d 1238 (5th Cir. 1995) (defense judgment following trial of ADA action); Dobson v. Minact Logistical Services, LLC and Nissan North America, Inc ., United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Northern Division; Civil Action No. 3:17-CV-00406-CWR-LRA (November 13, 2017) (Rule 12(b)(6) motion granted in ADA and Title VII action).; Pace v. Mississippi Baptist Health Systems, Inc., United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Northern Division; Civil Action No. 3:17-CV-00009-CWR-LRA (March 7, 2018) (summary judgment granted in ADA discrimination action).; Johnson v. Sanderson Farms, Inc.; In the Circuit Court of Pike County, Mississippi; Civil Action No. 16-186-PCS (October 16, 2017) (summary judgment granted in action asserting malicious prosecution, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims); Avery v. Nissan North America, Inc .; United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Northern Division; Civil Action No. 3:15-CV-890-HTW-LRA (September 22, 2017) (summary judgment granted in action asserting Title VII sex discrimination and retaliation claims); Johnson v. Sanderson Farms, Inc.; United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Western Division; Civil Action No. 5:16-CV-35-DCB-MTP (May 26, 2017) (summary judgment granted in action asserting ADEA, ADA, and Title VII discrimination and state law false arrest and malicious prosecution claims); C arr v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., Civil Action No. 14-2488 Section N (3) (E.D. La. March 15, 2016) (summary judgment granted in race discrimination action); Gibbs v. Nissan North America, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:14cv650-DPJ-FKB (S.D. Miss. March 2016) (summary judgment granted in ADA discrimination and retaliation action); Davenport v. Nissan North America, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:14cv671-CWR-LRA (S.D. Miss. October 22, 2015) (summary judgment granted in sexual harassment action); Garcia v. Tyson Foods, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:12-CV-597-CWR-FKB (S.D. Miss. September 8, 2014) (summary judgment granted in Title VII discrimination and retaliation and FMLA retaliation action); Johnson v. Nissan North America, Inc., Civil Action No. 3:13-CV-349-LG-JMR (S.D. Miss. June 2, 2014) (voluntary dismissal with prejudice in Title VII action following motion for summary judgment); Taylor v. First Tower Loan, LLC, et al., No. 3:13-CV-210-NBB-SAA (N.D. Miss. Dec. 3, 2013) (voluntary dismissal with prejudice of putative FLSA collective action during pendency of motion to compel arbitration of individual claim); Jones v. Tower Loan of Mississippi, LLC, No. 3:12-CV-753 DPJ-FKB (S.D. Miss. Oct. 23, 2013) (confirming arbitrator's dismissal with prejudice of FLSA action); Cannon v. Mississippi Dep't of Employment Sec., et al., 2012 WL 2685089 (S.D. Miss. July 6, 2012) (motion to dismiss granted in Title VII action); Moore v. Nissan North America, Inc., 2012 WL 2608792 (S.D. Miss. July 5, 2012), appeal voluntarily dismissed (Nov. 19, 2012) (summary judgment granted in ADA action); Phillips v. Nissan North America, Inc., 2012 WL 2254274 (S.D. Miss. June 14, 2012) (summary judgment granted in Title VII retaliation action); Reichle v. Farmers Ins. Exchange, Nos. 3:11-CV-174-DPJ-FKB and 3:11-CV-232-DPJ-FKB (S.D. Miss. March 16, 2012) (ADEA actions voluntarily dismissed with prejudice following motion for summary judgment); Williams v. Tyson Foods, Inc., No. 3:11-CV-67- DPJ-FKB (S.D. Miss. Dec. 16, 2011) (voluntary dismissal with prejudice of FMLA action); Newman v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., 2011 WL 5511707 (S.D. Miss. Nov. 10, 2011) (summary judgment granted in ADEA action); Anderson v. Nissan North America, Inc., 2011 WL 4625647 (S.D. Miss. Sept. 30, 2011) (summary judgment granted in Title VII and FMLA action); Jones v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., No. 7:10-CV-34-HL (M.D. Ga. June 21, 2011) (voluntary dismissal with prejudice in Title VII action following plaintiff's deposition); Parker v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., No. 3:11-CV-251-CWR-FKB (S.D. Miss. June 3, 2011) (voluntary dismissal of putative FLSA collective action prior to responsive pleading); Welborn v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., No. 1:10-CV-48-LG-RHW (S.D. Miss. March 23, 2011) (summary judgment granted in ADA action); Tate v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., 2010 WL 3122827 (S.D. Miss. Aug. 4, 2010) (summary judgment granted in Title VII and Section 1981 discrimination and retaliation action); Love v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 2010 WL 114243 (S.D. Miss. Jan. 7, 2010) aff'd, 677 F.3d 258 (5th Cir. 2012) (summary judgment granted in Title VII and Section 1981 discrimination and retaliation action based on bankruptcy-related estoppel); Mangum v. Sanderson Farms, Inc., No. 3:08-CV-712-HTW-LRA (S.D. Miss. July 30, 2009) (voluntary dismissal with prejudice of ADA, ADEA, and Title VII action following plaintiff's deposition); Ray v. Nissan North America, Inc., 2009 WL 1686575 (S.D. Miss. June 16, 2009) (summary judgment granted in Title VII and Section 1981 discrimination action); Sullivan v. Tyson Foods, Inc., No. 3:06-CV-402-TSL-JCS (S.D. Miss. July 31, 2007) (summary judgment granted in ADEA action); Parker v. Tyson Foods, Inc., 2007 WL 2021928 (S.D. Miss. July 9, 2007) aff'd, 278 F. App'x 433 (5th Cir. 2008) (summary judgment granted in Title VII and Section 1981 action); Campbell v. Bd. of Trustees of Quitman Sch. Dist., 2006 WL 2376200 (S.D. Miss. Aug. 15, 2006) (summary judgment granted in Section 1983 discharge 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) (summary judgment granted in state-law retaliatory discharge action); Wade Block & Tile v. Boral Brick, Inc., et al.; No. 1:01-CV-375- WJG (S.D. Miss. June 24, 2003) (defense verdict in breach of contract, distributor termination action); Glasgow v. Sherwin-Williams Co., 901 F. Supp. 1185 (N.D. Miss. 1995) aff'd, 146 F.3d 867 (5th Cir. 1998) (summary judgment granted in ADEA action); Berry v. Liberty Nat. Life Ins. Co., 879 F. Supp. 44 (S.D. Miss. 1995) (summary judgment granted in breach of employment contract action)
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