On September 30, 2015 a Monroe County jury rendered a verdict of $148,566 in Cooper v. Pioneer Health Services. The verdict was the result of a three day trial.

The plaintiff (Lisa Cooper Elgin) was a former nurse practitioner at Pioneer Hospital in Abderdeen. The jury found that Pioneer breached its employment contract with the plaintiff, failed to pay her for accrued paid time off and fired her because she reported abuse of an elderly patient in the hospital’s senior care unit.

Plaintiff’s attorneys were Jim Waide and Rachel Pierce Waide of Waide & Associates in Tupelo.

J. Tucker Mitchell and Stephen D. Stamboulieh of Mitchell Day in Ridgeland represented Pioneer.

Circuit Judge Jim Pounds presided in the case.

  • Guest

    Do the Waide’s ever lose at trial? Every time I see an employment verdict here, the Plaintiff’s counsel is Waide and the verdict is for the Plaintiff.

    • PhilipThomas

      Only prosecutors and med-mal defense lawyers never lose trials.

      • Jim Galloway

        Hey! Not so fast. Many years ago I got a jury to acquit a man charged with false pretense – bad check – in Stone County with Albert Necaise prosecuting. I guess that’s the exception that proves the rule. (One juror told me later that 8 of the 12 jurors initially thought it was a civil case for recovery of the money from the bad check.)

    • Gulf Stream

      There are only a handful of reputable labor and employment lawyers on the Plaintiff’s bar and Jim is one of the best. Watson & Norris are also pretty accomplished. None of them are afraid to try a case. It seems like that’s the only way to make it in L&E on the Plaintiff’s side – keep a high volume and build a reputation that you’ll try it if the Defendant won’t settle on reasonable terms. After all, even if they jury returns a minimal award, the prevailing party can receive attorney fees in many of those cases.