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Jaklyn Wrigley

Associate, Gulfport
Gulfport
t: 228.822.1440
f: 228.822.1441

Overview

Jaklyn Wrigley is a high-energy labor and employment law litigator who exclusively represents the interests of management. Over the years, she has achieved countless employer-friendly results, recently in the form of a full defense verdict in a complicated he-said/she-said sexual harassment lawsuit.  Jaklyn is committed to providing the highest level of service, and in this “24/7” client service business, she recognizes that near-fanatical responsiveness is often as critical as innovative and quality legal representation.  She prides herself in offering both. These efforts have been recognized, and Jaklyn has been selected for inclusion in Mississippi Super Lawyers – Rising Stars every year since 2013.

Practicing in both Mississippi and Florida state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies, Jaklyn has extensive experience with the alphabet soup of federal labor and employment laws: ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA OSH Act, and Title VII; and litigation involving immigration issues, wrongful termination, and breached employment agreements.   In her practice, Jaklyn applies a laser focus on the healthcare industry, and understands the interplay between and among healthcare compliance issues, the medical staff, and employment law. She also actively represents clients in the retail, gaming and hospitality, agriculture, and auto dealer industries (among others). Jaklyn has made a point to learn the business environments in which her clients operate so that she can offer advice that is specifically tailored to their needs.

When she is not litigating on behalf of her clients, Jaklyn is working diligently to help her clients avoid legal problems. This is particularly true as it concerns sexual harassment, gender identity, sexual orientation and gender equity issues in the workplace.  From internal audits, management training and employee contracts, to handbook reviews and practical day-to-day advices, Jaklyn believes the easiest problem to solve is one that never arises in the first place.

While dedicated to the practice of law, Jaklyn is also dedicated to the Mississippi Bar and her community.  She is an active member of the Young Lawyers Division, where she currently serves as the President-Elect of the Board of Directors. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Labor and Employment Section of the Bar and as a Member of the Board of Bar Commissioners. Jaklyn has also had the privilege of holding each leadership position with the Harrison County Young Lawyers Association – some more than once. In the lovely Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Jaklyn is the President the Board of Trustees for the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. When she can, she volunteers her time with a nonprofit rescue group that supports the local animal shelter. Indeed, her first trial victory involved the pro bono defense of a manager of a feral cat colony, which makes for a funny story if you ever need a laugh.

A 2011 University of Mississippi School of Law grad (and the former Secretary turned President of the student body), Jaklyn will give you a spirited “Hotty Toddy” and gladly discuss the Ed Orgeron era of Ole Miss Football (the program for which she worked as a recruiter). Jaklyn speaks fluent “tiny human” (thanks to her daughters Finley and Margot), fortunately does not have pet allergy (as she has 4 dogs and 3 cats), and prefers red wine over white.

In the end, Jaklyn is a firm believer that with a little grit and a lot of heart, she can continue to achieve top-notch results for her employer clients by offering deep and broad expertise in the area of the law she knows best.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Mid-South Super Lawyer, Rising Star (2013-2018)
  • “Who to Watch,” PORTICO Magazine (2018)
  • Fifty Leading Business Women in Mississippi (2015)

Professional Activities

  • Young Lawyers Division of The Mississippi Bar Association, Board of Directors: President-Elect (2018-2019); Secretary (2017-2018); Communications Chair (2016-2017); Coastal 1 District Director (2015-2017); Regional Mock Trial Chair (2012-2018); Admissions Ceremony Committee (2011-2013)
  • The Mississippi Bar Association: Member of the Executive Board for the Labor and Employment Section (2018-2023)
  • American Health Lawyers Association: Member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group; Leadership Development Participant for the Physician Organizations Practice Group (2016-2017)
  • Harrison County Young Lawyers: President (2014-2015); Vice President (2013-2014); Secretary (2012-2013)

Community Activities

  • Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Board of Trustees: President (2016-2018); Secretary (2014-2016); Chair of Personnel and Governance Committee; former Chair of Collections Committee
  • Ocean Springs Economic Development Council: Member (2013-2017)
  • Leadership Gulf Coast, Class of 2014
  • Volunteer with Lawyer in Every Classroom
  • Volunteer with Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets
  • Member of Les Masquees

Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • How to Minimize Risk, Prevent Harassment and Investigate Complaints in the Era of #MeToo, Associated General Contractors of America HR Conference, October 2018
  • Sex, Gender, Same-Sex Marriage & Transgender Employees: What it all Means, Mississippi Municipal Attorney Association’s Conference, June 2018
  • Working with Others and the Golden Rule, Young Lawyer’s Division New Lawyer Program, June 2018
  • Workplace Harassment: What Every Dealership Needs to Know, Mississippi Auto Dealers Association, April 2018
  • Eliminating Bullying in the Healthcare Industry, ACHE Annual Congress, March 2018
  • Avoiding Claims of Religious Discrimination in the Long Term Care Environment, AHLA Long Term Care and the Law Conference, March 2018
  • “TRUMPdate” and Preparing for and Winning Unemployment Compensation Cases, Mississippi Auto Dealers Association, September 2017
  • “TRUMPdate” and FMLA Basics, Mississippi Auto Dealers Association, July 2017
  • Anatomy of a Lawsuit, Fisher Phillips Seminar, May 2016
  • That’s Hot (Trends in Labor and Employment Law), April 2016
  • Sex, Gender, Same-Sex Marriage & Transgender Employees: What It All Means, University of Mississippi CLE Seminar, May 2015
  • Marijuana, E-Cigarettes, and Other Smoky Things, April 2015
  • Putting in Place Document Retention Programs, National Business Institute Seminar, March 2015
  • Cyber Attacks and Data Breaches, Lorman Seminar, August 2014
  • Criminal Background Checks and I-9 Compliance, August 2014
  • Immigration Workplace Challenges for the Contractor, June 2014
  • Hot Topics in the Hospital and Restaurant Industries, Webinar, June 2014
  • Which is Riskier? Hiring Criminals or Conducting Background Checks? April 2014
  • Accommodations Under the ADA, October 2013

Articles

  • SCOTUS Prepares for a Shift to the Right, Mississippi Auto Dealers Association Newsletter, August 2018
  • Sexual Harassment . . . A New Spotlight on an Old Problem, Mississippi Auto Dealers Association Newsletter, May 2018
  • 4 Ways to Reduce Stress in the Workplace, Corp! Magazine, April 2018
  • When Patient Preferences Cannot Be a Priority, Houston Medical Journal, September 2017

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