Phelps Dunbar, LLP, has elected two attorneys, Taylor S. Carroll and LaToya C. Merritt, to the partnership.
Merritt practices in the labor and employment group in the Jackson office. Her practice includes the areas of civil rights and Title VII as well as the age discrimination in Employment Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Merritt has assisted public and private entities throughout the state in matters involving race, sex, sexual/workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims. She provides management and/or corporate counsel advice regarding performance evaluation/appraisal systems, development of employment policies and practices, employee handbooks and municipal employment liability. Merritt also conducts diversity training and educational programs for numerous clients and companies throughout the region. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked with the Honorable William J. Haynes Jr. of the United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee.
Merritt received her J.D., cum laude, in 2000 from North Carolina Central University, where she was the senior editor of the North Carolina Central Law Journal, and she received her B.A. in mass communication: public relations, magna cum laude, from Grambling State University in 1997. Merritt is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Greater Leadership Jackson (2007-present), Mississippi Women Lawyers’ Association (president: 2006-2007; vice president and secretary/treasurer: 2004-2006), and Young Lawyers’ Division of the Mississippi Bar Association (chair of the Diversity in the Law Committee: 2002-2004). She was also an associate of the Charles Clark Chapter of the American Inns of Court and a 2004 graduate from Leadership Jackson. She is admitted to practice in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and in the U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi.
Carroll practices in the litigation group in the firm’s Baton Rouge, La., office. He has significant experience in complex, multi-party business litigation, including insurance defense, construction, real estate, oil and gas and professional liability litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Carroll served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Guy Holdridge of the 23rd Judicial District Court, Division C.
Carroll received his J.D. in 2001 from Louisiana State University, where he was a member of the Louisiana State Law Review and Order of the Coif, and he received his B.A. in political science from the University of Colorado in 1998. Carroll is a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association and State Bar of Texas, and he was recently chosen to participate in American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section’s Leadership Academy (2009-2010).