MICHELLE TOLLE HIGH
Phone: 601.987.5313
Fax: 601.987.5313
mhigh@bislawyers.com

Ms. High concentrates her practice in the areas of Employment Law, Civil Rights, and Governmental and Public Officials Liability.  In addition to regularly litigating 42 U.S.C. §1981; 42 U.S.C. §1983 and employment claims in both state and federal courts, Ms. High represents employers before state and federal agencies, routinely handling Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and other employment claims.

Ms. High has experience developing employment policies and handbooks, and frequently advises employers with respect to human resources issues and employment law claims.  In addition, she provides in-house training for employers and assists with internal investigations.

                     



EDUCATION

1998 - J.D., Capital University Law School, Certificate of Concentration in Labor and Employment Law

1993 - B.A. Ohio University

BAR ADMISSIONS

Mississippi

United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi

United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit


PUBLICATIONS & EVENTS

Successful defense of a Mississippi municipality with respect to an ADA claim brought before the U.S. Department of Justice

Experience conducting both front line employee and supervisor training seminars

Experience investigating several hundred Title VII, ADA and ADEA claims asserted against public and private employers

Successful defense of multi-plaintiff Title VII claims before the EEOC and in federal court

Assist clients with the development of employment policies and manuals

Experience drafting and advising clients with respect to employment contracts, noncompete agreements and non-solicitation agreements


MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

American, Capital Area, Federal and Mississippi Bar Associations

The Fifth Circuit Federal Bar Association

Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

Mississippi Women's Law Association

Former Lt. Governor 6th Cir. ABA - LSD

Former President of the Women's Law Association

Former Vice President of the Student Bar Association

Former Chair, Financial Affairs Commission Ohio University

Board Member, Capital University Law School Alumni Association


REPORTED DECISIONS

Percy v. Hinds Co., Miss.; 3:09-CV-00687 (S.D. Miss. Nov. 1, 2016)

Curtis v. Hinds County, et al  3:12-CV-00260  (S.D.Miss. Sept. 29, 2015)

Howard v. Jergens et al. 3:13-CV-00022 (S.D.Miss. Jan. 15, 2015)

Newsome v. Lewis 3:14-CV-00061 (S.D. Miss. Nov. 21, 2014)

McNair v. Ingram et al.  3:12-CV-00750 (S.D.Miss. Mar. 18, 2014)

Jones v. Hinds County et al.    3:12-CV-00747 (S.D.Miss. Mar. 14, 2014)

Johnson v. Petty et al 3:12-CV-00816 (S.D.Miss.)

Patton v. Hinds County Juvenile Dtn. Ctr., et al. 3:10-CV-00138, 2012 WL 5287068 (S.D.Miss. Oct. 23, 2012)

Beeding v. Hinds County, Mississippi et al 3:10-CV-00713 (S.D.Miss.Oct. 17, 2012)

Harris v. McMillin et al   3:11-CV-00157 (S.D.Miss. Oct. 17, 2012)

Torns v. State of Mississippi et al   3:10-CV-00260TSL -MTP,  2012 WL 12936623 (S.D.Miss. Sept. 4, 2012)

Wamble v. County of Jones et al 2:09-CV-00103 KS- MTP, 2012 WL 2088820 (S.D.Miss. June 8, 2012)

Johnson v. Warren et al.   3:11-CV-00086 (S.D.Miss. Mar. 29, 2012)

Bingham v. City of West Point, Miss., 2012 WL 441288 (N.D.Miss. Feb.10, 2012)

Bennett v. The GEO Group, Inc.  4:10-CV-00133 CWR -FKB, 2012 WL 1365752 (S.D.Miss. Apr. 19, 2012) and Bennett v. GEO Group, Inc., 2011 WL 5864674 (S.D. Miss., Nov. 22, 2011)

Roebuck v. Diamond Detective Agency et al  3:10-CV-0033 TSL – MTP, 2011 WL 4737583 (Oct. 6, 2011)

Johnson v. Burnett, et al 3:09-CV-00734 CWR – LRA,  826 F.Supp.2d 979 (S.D.Miss. Mar. 23, 2011)

Stevens v. City of Jackson, Mississippi et al  3:07-CV-00714 ,2010 WL 1329090 (March 2, 2011)

Rutland et al v. McMillin, et al. 3:08-CV-00763, 2010 WL 3937871 (Sept. 30, 2010)

Thomas v. Hinds County Dtn. Ctr., et al. 3:08-CV-00778 (Nov. 30, 2009)

Milone v. Flowers, 3:10-CV-165 TSL -FKB, 758 F.Supp.2d 362 (Dec. 21, 2010)

Jones v. Hinds County, Mississippi     3:07-CV-00289 (S.D.Miss. Jan. 4, 2010)

Cobb v. Adams County Sheriff Office et al . 5:07-CV-00198 (S.D.Miss. Mar. 24, 2009)

Deborah Davis, et al.  v. The GEO Group 3:06-CV-00085; 2008 WL 5364507 (N.D.Miss. 2008)

Brooks v. Stringer, 303 Fed.Appx. 2252008 WL 5262699 (5th Cir. Dec. 18, 2008)

Bradley v. The City of Jackson, Mississippi et al. 3:08-CV-00261 TSL-JCS, 590 F.Supp.2d 817 (S.D.Miss. Nov. 24, 2008)

Ford v. Global Expertise Outsourcing, Inc. 4:07-CV-00065 DPJ -JCS, 2008 WL 4939530 (S.D.Miss. Nov. 17, 2008)

Moreland v. Marion County, Mississippi et al. 2:07-CV-00042 KS-MTP, 2008 WL 4551443 (S.D.Miss. Oct. 9, 2008)

Lofton et al v. Adams County, Mississippi et al. 5:07-CV-00080 DCB- JMR, 2008 WL 4192039 (Sept. 5, 2008)

Crawford v. Pike County, Mississippi et al    3:06-CV-00669 (S.D.Miss. June 17, 2008)

Batte et al v. Taylor et al 3:06-CV-00510 HTW-LRA, 2008 WL 879589 (S.D.Miss. Apr. 29, 2008)

Burkes v. Waggoner et al  3:06-CV-00142 HTW-LRA, 2008 WL 695254 (S.D.Miss. Mar. 12, 2008) and 301 Fed.Appx. 390 2008 WL 5155230 (5th Cir. Dec. 9, 2008)

Bolden v. McMillin, 2007 WL 4287464, S.D. Miss., December 03, 2007 (Civil Action No. 3:07cv00154)

Bradley v. City of Jackson, Miss., 590 F. Supp. 2d 817, 2008 WL 5060868, S.D. Miss., November 24, 2008 (Civil Action No. 3:08cv261)

Brooks v. Stringer, 303 Fed. Appx. 225, 2008 WL 5262699, C.A.5 (Miss.), December 18, 2008 (No. 07-60357 Summary Calendar)

Burkes v. Waggoner, 2008 WL 695254, S.D. Miss., March 12, 2008 (Civil Action No. 3:06cv142)

Carite v. Hinds County, Miss., 2006 WL 2056674, S.D. Miss., 2006.

Dickerson v. Jones County, Mississippi, 2007 WL 763925, S.D. Miss., 2007 (March 09, 2007)

Ford v. Global Expertise Outsourcing, Inc., 2008 WL 4939530, S.D. Miss., November 17, 2008 (Civil Action 4:07cv65)

Lofton v. Adams County, Miss., 2008 WL 4192039, S.D. Miss., September 05, 2008 (Civil Action No. 5:07cv80)

Moreland v. Marion County, Miss., 2008 WL 4551443, S.D. Miss., October 09, 2008 (Civil Action No. 2:07cv42)