Nakimuli counsels and advises employers on day-to-day issues in the workplace; reviews, drafts, and revises employee handbooks and company policies; and trains management and supervisory level employees on various employment-related laws and issues. She also represents employers in litigation and administrative actions, including proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Unemployment Commissions, and the Department of Labor. Nakimuli has experience defending employers in wrongful-termination actions and in single and multi-plaintiff litigation, as well as litigation filed by the EEOC pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 1981, the ADA, the ADEA, the EPA, and the FLSA.
In addition, Nakimuli represents insurance carriers on breach of contract (insurance policy) claims, bad faith claims, and represents the carriers' insureds in litigation asserting premises liability, breach of contract, negligence, negligent supervision, and other claims. Nakimuli also has experience reviewing and evaluating insurance policies to assist insurers with making coverage decisions and representing insurers in declaratory judgment actions. She has represented companies on a wide-range of business litigation matters, such as personal injury claims (including claims involving motor carriers), breach of contract, fraud, and cases involving mortgage financing and lender liability.
Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Nakimuli was a law clerk to the Honorable Leslie H. Southwick of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. As a law clerk, she analyzed complex litigation issues, including the insurance and employment discrimination issues she currently handles. Nakimuli has also served as an adjunct professor of legal writing at the Mississippi College School of Law. Nakimuli is licensed in both Mississippi and Tennessee.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer client in discrimination lawsuit filed in federal court alleging race and age discrimination in violation of Title VII and the ADEA and successfully defended appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Obtained dismissal in favor of client for wrongful termination lawsuit in Mississippi state court and successfully defended appeal before the Mississippi Court of Appeals and Mississippi Supreme Court.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of client in premises liability suit involving fall down a hill on the property.
Obtained dismissal in favor of client in breach of contract and constructive fraud case involving alleged failure to properly inspect home and reveal termite infestations.
Conducted multiple employment law trainings for various clients including higher education and state governmental agency clients on documentation, harassment, discrimination, unemployment and other employment related issues.
Conducted multiple trainings on implicit (unconscious) bias in-house for Baker Donelson attorneys and staff.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of client in premises liability case involving a trip-and-fall on a set of stairs on the property.
Obtained dismissal in favor of insurance company client in case alleging bad faith breach of contract for denying life insurance premiums and seeking over $500,000 in compensatory damages as well as extra-contractual, consequential and punitive damages.
Represented employer during the unemployment claims handling process to obtain reversal of award of unemployment claim in favor of discharged employee.
Represented multiple employers and obtained favorable resolutions in EEOC administrative proceedings by responding to charges of discrimination and investigator questions, interviews and requests for information.
Obtained favorable resolutions on behalf of multiple employers in discrimination and retaliation claims in federal court.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurance company client in case alleging bad faith breach of insurance policy including issues concerning mold coverage, liability for contractor's negligence and gross negligence in claims handling.
Obtained favorable ruling from the Mississippi Court of Appeals affirming dismissal of claims against insurance company client in which the plaintiff sought $750,000 in compensatory damages and over $2 million in punitive damages for bad faith failure to pay insurance benefits under a homeowner's policy and successfully defended request for Certiorari to the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Obtained dismissal in favor of insurance company client in state court alleging breach of insurance contract and bad faith for failing to pay homeowners insurance proceeds.
Obtained favorable resolution for multiple childcare facility clients on negligent supervision and training claims.
Handled settlement approval process for settlement of multiple minor's claims in Mississippi state courts.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of mortgage servicer where borrower asserted standing and debt collection issues and sought to invalidate the debt and deed of trust. Successfully briefed mortgage servicing issues, including standing and statutory construction in nonjudicial foreclosure action, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Obtained favorable venue transfers in employment cases, bad faith worker's compensation case in state court and breach of contract claim in federal court.
Defended poultry processor against race, national origin and gender discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims brought by 11 individual plaintiffs and a pattern and practice claim brought by the EEOC seeking to recover equitable relief, compensatory damages, and punitive damages on behalf of more than 100 class members that ultimately resulted in a favorable settlement for client.
Obtained consent judgment that insurance policy was void ab initio in declaratory judgment action resulting in insurer only repaying the insurance premium.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of client in case alleging respondeat superior claim by demonstrating alleged negligent actor was not an employee of client but an independent contractor.
Professional Honors & Activities
Recognized by the National Black Lawyers as a Top 100 Attorney (2015)
Named a Mid-South Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2014 - 2018)
Fellow - Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2017)
Associate - American Inns of Court, The Charles Clark Inn, Associate (2013 - 2015)
Named to PORTICO 10 by Portico Magazine (2015)
Recognized as one of the top 10 up-and-coming attorneys in the Jackson metro area
Named to Lawyers of Color's "Hot List" (2013)
Recognized as one of 100 early to mid-career minority attorneys under 40 from the South who are excelling in the legal profession.
Recipient - Jackson Young Lawyers Outstanding Service Award (2013)
Member - Jackson Young Lawyers Association
Co-chair of Community Service Committee (2012 - 2014)
Member - Mississippi Bar
Disaster Legal Assistance Committee Volunteer Coordinator (2012 - 2013)
Member - American Bar Association
Diversity Liaison for the Workers' Compensation Committee (2014 - 2016)
Member - Magnolia Bar Association, Capital Area Bar Association and Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association
Member - DRI
Member - Capital Area Bar Association
Chair of Diversity Committee (2016 - present)
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder (2016)
Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at Mississippi College School of Law (Spring 2010 and Spring 2011)
Law Clerk - The Honorable Leslie H. Southwick, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2009 - 2010)
Civic Honors & Activities
Graduate - Leadership Greater Jackson, class of 2014 - 2015
Honored - Volunteer of the Year by Jackson Public School District for service to Dawson Elementary School (2013)
Member - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (2003 - present)
"Three Pay Equity Trends to Watch in 2018," (January 2018); reprinted in Employee Benefit News (February 2018)
Diversity Did you know? Column on Model Rule 8.4, Capital Area Bar Association Newsletter (December 2017)
"Is a Federal Paid Leave Law on the Horizon? Maybe. . . Employers Should Stay Tuned" (November 2017)
"Employers, Get Ready (For Now): EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Still a Go" (August 2017)
"Employers Beware of the Cat's Paw" (September 13, 2016)
"State Laws Are Not a Defense to Title VII's Prohibition on LGBT Discrimination, Says the EEOC" (May 10, 2016)
"Transgender Complaints on the Rise: What Should Employers Do?" (May 19, 2015)
"Following the Road to LGBT Equal Protection" (September 12, 2014)
"Discrimination in Pay: Beyond the Numbers" (May 2018)
"Closing the Divide: How Young Lawyers Can Transcend Generational Differences in the Legal Profession," Capital Area Bar Association Flash CLE (March 2018)
"Discrimination in Pay: Beyond the Numbers," University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal Education's Last Chance CLE (September 2017)
"Embracing a Multigenerational Workforce" (May 2017)
"Embracing a Multigenerational Legal Profession," Capital Area Bar Association (April 2017)
"Internal Investigations & Corrective Measures," University of Mississippi's Center for Continuing Legal Education's Current Issues in Employment Law CLE Seminar (May 2016)
"Employee Misconduct Investigations & Discipline," Mississippi Municipal Attorney's Association (January 2016)
"The Unemployed Employee," The Northeast Mississippi Human Resources Association (June 2015)
"Exposing Hidden Biases: Am I Unconsciously Making Employment Decisions? (Jackson)" (May 2015)
"Shaking Things Up: A View from the Bench, the Bar and Beyond," Capital Area Bar Association (April 2015)
"Employment Law Update," CLE presentation for The University of Mississippi School of Law (April 2015)
"The Unemployment Claims Process," Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association's Restaurant University, Jackson, Mississippi (June 2014)
"The Unemployed Employee" (June 2014)
Panelist - "Women in the Profession," Tougaloo College Law Day (2011)
"Transitioning from an Engineering Background to Attorney," Mississippi State University (2011)
Managing a Multigenerational Workforce (August 2017)
86 Baker Donelson Attorneys Named to 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers; 43 Named to Mid-South Rising Stars (November 8, 2018)
Baker Donelson Announces Eleven Newly Elected Shareholders Shareholders Firm-Wide (April 30, 2018)
94 Baker Donelson Attorneys Named to 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers; 53 Named to Mid-South Rising Stars (November 7, 2017)
98 Baker Donelson Attorneys Named to 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers; 57 Named to Mid-South Rising Stars (November 14, 2016)
78 Baker Donelson Attorneys Named to 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers; 43 Named to Mid-South Rising Stars (November 12, 2015)
87 Baker Donelson Attorneys Named to 2014 Mid-South Super Lawyers; 43 Named to Mid-South Rising Stars (November 10, 2014)
Managing a Multigenerational Workforce (August 22, 2017)