The Mississippi Bar Foundation has inducted Phelps Dunbar partners W. Thomas Siler, Jr. and James G. Wyly III as fellows. This peer recognition connotes the Mississippi Bar Foundation’s highest honor, given to just 10 percent of practicing Mississippi attorneys. In order to become a fellow, an attorney must demonstrate utmost levels of professionalism, competence and leadership as well as commitment to the legal community and the public.
Siler has practiced in the area of labor and employment law in the Jackson area for more than 30 years. He defends businesses in a number of disputes involving Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, FMLA, OSHA and ERISA as well as cases involving the NLRA and LMRA. Siler serves as the managing partner for the firm’s Jackson office and the regional practice coordinator for the firm’s labor and employment group. He belongs to the Mississippi Bar, Capital Area Bar Association, American Bar Association, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, and the International Association of Defense Counsel.
Wyly, managing partner of the firm’s Gulfport office, has a diverse litigation practice in Mississippi and Louisiana. He has represented businesses in cases involving tort claims, professional liability, products liability, toxic exposure, maritime law, construction law and insurance coverage disputes. As a certified arbitrator and mediator, Wyly uses alternative dispute resolution when appropriate. He is currently a member of the Mississippi Bar, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Harrison County Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.