• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • EDUCATION+
    • University of Mississippi School of Law
      J.D., with distinction, 1983; Assistant Editor, Mississippi Law Journal; Recipient, Phi Delta Phi Award and Bowling Labor Law Award
    • Millsaps College
      B.A., 1979
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Mississippi
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
  • CLERKSHIP+

W. Thomas Siler, Jr.

Since 1983, Tommy Siler has concentrated his practice in the representation of management in labor and employment law matters, and defending governmental entities in civil rights cases. His practice includes multiple party or class action matters involving a wide array of employment issues. In more than 30 years of practice, Mr. Siler has maintained an active trial practice including numerous jury trials and arbitrations regarding the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements. He has represented employers in Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, FMLA, OSHA and ERISA cases, as well as in cases involving the NLRA and LMRA. He has also litigated a variety of cases arising under the U.S. Constitution. In addition to an active litigation practice, he manages union campaigns, conducts contract negotiations, represents companies before the NLRB and handles the administration of collective bargaining issues.

Mr. Siler is the managing partner of the Jackson office and the practice coordinator of the Jackson labor and employment group.

Experience

  • Representation of one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers in a case involving NLRA and ERISA preemption. The case involved more than 120 employees who voluntarily elected severance pay, but sued when market conditions improved and the employer began re-hiring several years later and refused to rehire the plaintiffs.
  • Representation of a sporting goods manufacturer in a multi-party case involving alleged race discrimination.
  • Representation of one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of wood and paper products in an age discrimination case involving two high ranking management officials who claimed they were selected for a reduction-in-force because of their age.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • American Bar Association - Litigation Section and Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (President, 1996)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Board of Directors (Member, 2011-2014); Employment Law Committee (Chairman, 2005)
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation (Fellow)

Recognition

  • Mississippi Business Journal - Leadership in Law (2013)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Employment Law - Management (Jackson Lawyer of the Year: Employment Law - Management, 2015 and 2018), Labor Law - Management (Jackson Lawyer of the Year: Labor and Employment, 2011)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Top 50 in Mississippi, 2006, 2014)