Paula Graves Ardelean currently practices in the Labor and Employment Group of Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC, in its Ridgeland, Mississippi office. She exclusively represents management in employment disputes throughout the Southeast. Paula has successfully defended employers in lawsuits and administrative proceedings relating to claims of sex, race, age, disability and religious discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and misrepresentation, as well as claims alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, ERISA, wage and hour laws, and non-compete agreements.
Paula is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association and serves on the Section Council. She has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor and Employment, and as one of 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi. She has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, Labor and Employment Law. Paula previously served as President of The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division, is a former member of The Mississippi Bar Board of Commissioners, and is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
More than 275 attorneys practice at Butler Snow across 17 offices. Our Labor and Employment Group includes attorneys with a broad range of experience including litigation and administrative proceedings in employment discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, wrongful discharge matters, collective bargaining, labor arbitration, unfair labor practice charges and matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act. Other experience includes ERISA litigation, OSHA matters and affirmative action.
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Administrative Law, Agricultural Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Appellate and Written Advocacy, Banking & Financial Services, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Biotechnology, Business Planning & Operations, Civil Rights, Commercial Lending, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Criminal Defense, Director & Officer Liability, Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Economic Development Incentives, Employee Benefits, Environmental, Estate & Trust Administration, Estate & Wealth Transfer Tax Planning, Gaming, Government Litigation, Government Relations, Healthcare, Insurance, Intellectual Property & Technology, International, Labor and Employment, Liability Defense, Media Law, Medical Professional Liability, Mergers & Acquisitions, Nursing Home Defense, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Public Finance, Public Utilities, Real Estate, Securities, Taxation, Toxic Torts, Transportation, Workers' Compensation.