Elliott Andalman – Professional Experience
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Elliott Andalman – Professional Experience

Elliott Andalman

Elliott Andalman
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  • Founding partner; June 1998 – Present


  • Of Counsel, Partner; September 1988 – June 1998


  • Associate; October 1987 – June 1988
  • The primary client of this labor firm was the United Transportation Union. My work included litigation of a successful federal court class action suit involving the duty of fair representation.


  • Founding Partner; 1973 – 1987

In 1973, I, along with two other recent law graduates, opened a law office in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with a focus on civil rights advocacy. I built and helped manage this firm for 14 years.

My practice included not only voting rights and employment discrimination claims, but also Social Security disability, personal injury, worker compensation, domestic relations and criminal defense work. My clients included the East Jasper County Consolidated School District, locals of the American Federation of Teachers, the International Woodworkers of America Local No. 5443, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 1317, the Gulfcoast Pulpwood Association and the Mississippi Poultry Workers Union.

The firm had a significant impact on Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the surrounding area, through its public interest litigation. I successfully represented the Plaintiffs in the following cases:

  • Boykins et al. v. City of Hattiesburg, C.A. No. H77-0167(N). Southern District of Mississippi, 41-page opinion issued February 29, 1984 after seven years of litigation. Cooperating counsel with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. First decision in State of Mississippi finding that the commission form of city government with at-large elections violated Voting Rights Act.
  • Beamon et al. v. City of Ridgeland et al. consolidated with Anderson et al. and United States v. Madison County School District, J84-0094(L) and J-3700(L). Southern District of Mississippi Consent Order, September 10, 1986. Cooperating counsel with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. Settlement reached at first day of trial wholly favorable to Plaintiffs pursuant to which the Ridgeland Municipal Separate School District was closed and the students re-integrated into the Madison County School System. This may be the first case in the country in which an operating school district was closed because of civil rights violations.
  • Ivy et al. v. Meridian Coca-Cola Bottling Company, C.A. No. E84-0022(L), Southern District of Mississippi (co-counsel). Opinion finding Defendant guilty of classwide racial discrimination in promotions, issued June 4, 1986 after a six-day trial.
  • Pittman v. Hattiesburg Municipal Separate School District, 664 F.2d 1071 (CA 5 1981). Decision for Plaintiff on claim of racial discrimination in pay, comparing individuals in similar jobs at different times. Significant decision for pay equity litigation.