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Ashley Eley Cannady

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  • University of Mississippi School of Law
    J.D., 2003, summa cum laude
  • University of Mississippi
    B.A., Political Science, 2000, cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 2003
About Ashley
The 'young and talented' Ashley Cannady receives glowing praise for her employment practice. She has represented industry clients before the federal courts, and clients find her 'adept at managing the case,' and would 'highly recommend' her.

- Chambers USA

  • What do you see on the horizon in your area of practice?

    The rules for use of social media continue to evolve in labor and employment law. For example, companies do not have carte blanche to use this information when making hiring, firing, or disciplinary decisions. There is a fine line to what types of posts are protected under the law. If an employer is inclined to take action based on information obtained through social media channels, clients must be certain they are not violating the law.

    Agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Labor (DOL), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and others are beginning to collaborate and share information that will lead to an increase in enforcement efforts and new types of claims being brought by agencies that you typically would not expect.

  • Which Courts or agencies do you most often appear before on behalf of your clients?
  • How are you involved in your community?
  • What legal challenges are you looking forward to tackling in the future?

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  • Represented employer and obtained attorneys' fees against EEOC in disability discrimination case brought by the EEOC. (2009, EEOC v. Agro Distribution, LLC, 555 F.3d 462 (5th Cir. 2009))
  • Developed Davis-Bacon Act compliance program for nuclear power plant. (2013)  
  • Represented housing authority in suit based on age and race discrimination claims in which district court granted summary judgment in favor of client. (2016, Bivins v. Miss. Reg'l Housing Authority, 2016 U.S. App. Lexis 2590 (5th Cir. 2016))
  • Represented heavy industrial construction company in a case involving Union's unlawful repudiation of contract. (2016, Turner Industries Group, LLC v. Local 450, Int'l Union of Operating Engineers. 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 2278 (5th Cir. 2016))
  • Represented power company in race discrimination and retaliation suit brought by former employee which was dismissed on summary judgment. (2014, Johnson v. Miss. Power Co., 2014 WL 5847521 (S.D. Miss. 2014))
  • Represented third party administrator and actuary in pension plan litigation. (2015-2023) 
  • Labor Arbitration: Represented aerospace company in labor arbitration involving claims of pay discrimination which resulted in a finding of no discrimination. (2016)
  • Non-competition / Trade Secrets Litigation:
    • Represented home health care agency and employee in suit claiming breach of non-competition agreement. Gentiva Certified Healthcare Corp v. St. Luke Home Health Services, LLC (2015).
    • Filed suit against former manager and others for violation of non-competition and trade secrets which was successfully resolved in favor of client. (2014, Canon Solutions America, Inc. v. William Pittman, Jr., Thomas Napier, and Gulf Copy Systems, LLC, No.1:14-cv-00149 (S.D. Miss. 2014)) 
  • FLSA Collective Actions:
    • Represented construction company and achieved early resolution in two FLSA cases filed as a collective action. (2014, Goss v. Southern Construction Group LLC, No. 13-0566 (S.D. Ala. 2014)); (2015, Cumberland v. Southern Construction Group LLC, No. 3:15-cv-900 (S.D. Miss. 2015))
    • Represented business and achieved early resolution with named plaintiff in collective action. (2015, Womack v. Complex People Leasing, LLC, No., 3:15-cv-306 (S.D. Miss. 2015)) 
    • Represent the largest lift-boat operator for the Gulf of Mexico market in FLSA collective action
  • Represented power company in a retaliation and age discrimination suit brought by former Operations Team Leader which was dismissed on summary judgment (Muller v. Mississippi Power Co., 2019 WL 1937584 (S.D. Miss. 2019), aff’d 780 Fed. Appx. 457 (5th Cir. 2020))
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of production company in case alleging multiple violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Jackson v. Oil-Dri Corporation of America; 2018 WL 1996476 (N.D. Miss. 2018), aff’d 761 Fed. Appx. 356 (5th Cir. 2019))
  • Defended and achieved a favorable resolution for a community hospital against claims brought by former physician alleging breach of contract and retaliation for being a whistleblower (2019)
  • Represent employer in the energy sector in a variety of labor arbitrations, NLRB charges, and collective bargaining 



      Speaking Engagements


        • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2003, summa cum laude
        • University of Mississippi, B.A., Political Science, 2000, cum laude
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2003
        • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, 2003
        • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, 2003
        • U.S. Supreme Court, 2014
        Bar Admissions
        • Mississippi, 2003
        Awards & Accolades
        • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment 
        • Mississippi Business Journal, Top 50 under 40, 2017
        • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010-2018
        • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
        • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Labor and Employment
        Community Involvement
        • Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, Board of Commissioners
        • Junior League of Jackson
        • Girl Scout Troop Leader
        • Stewpot Legal Services