W. Thomas Siler, Jr.

USA: Mississippi

Phelps Dunbar LLP
4270 I-55 North
Jackson, Mississippi
39211-6391

Tel: 601-360-9357

Email: tommy.siler@phelps.com
Web: www.phelpsdunbar.com

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.

  • 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.
Our labor and employment team, consisting of more than 30 attorneys located throughout the Third Coast, is dedicated to partnering with our clients to achieve their business objectives. We believe in counseling proactively and planning strategically with employers, with the goal of avoiding litigation where possible, and achieving cost efficient results when litigation is the best or preferred solution. Because we believe good planning is the best way to achieve business objectives and avoid employment issues, we make it our business to share knowledge and experience with clients through ongoing training and education, including seminars, breakfast briefings, newsletters, and email alerts with updates on breaking employment law news.

Phelps Dunbar’s labor and employment practice group provides valuable solutions to large and small, public and private employers, across the spectrum of employment law and employee benefit issues, including labor relations, employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, safety and health, leaves of absences, compensation issues, union concerns, civil rights and constitutional law issues, immigration, pension and welfare plan design and administration, as well as regulatory compliance and human resources issues. Our lawyers participate in all phases of state and federal court litigation and arbitration, and have experience in a broad array of administrative charges and investigations before federal, state and municipal administrative agencies.

Since our founding in New Orleans in 1853, Phelps Dunbar has successfully combined valuable traditions and progressive ideas to become one of the oldest and largest firms across the South. Our firm values practices that foster creative legal analysis and provide practical solutions to legal problems. Each of our five core practice groups – admiralty, business, litigation, labor and employment, and insurance and reinsurance – features attorneys well-versed in specific matters and industries that allow us to individually tailor our services to clients’ specific needs. It is our priority to understand the unique aspects and background of our clients’ businesses to achieve their goals. We recognize the importance of thorough and efficient high-quality services and draw upon the various experience that our attorneys have attained in specific areas to best serve our client base.

The combination of knowledge and experience at Phelps Dunbar contributes to our well founded reputation as a leader in the field of legal services. With office locations across the Gulf Coast as well as Raleigh, North Carolina and London, England, we are able to serve virtually all types of client legal needs across the Third Coast as well as nationally and internationally. Our regional capabilities ensure efficient, responsive and attentive legal solutions to a broad range of issues handled by our firm. Communication and collaboration among attorneys in different locations is valued by our firm to provide sound legal advice and quality services to our clients.

“Thomas Siler is credited for his commercial understanding, with one client observing: “He likes to get to know and understand exactly how our business operates and he appreciates the business impact of legal advice.” He advises on a host of labor and employment disputes and civil rights cases.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017