Regina A. Young

When litigation arises, Regina first seeks to understand her clients' goals, and then leverages her extensive experience in state and federal court to defend against wrongful discharge claims, state and federal claims of unlawful discrimination, and various employment-related actions.


Professional Experience

Regina Young has practiced law since 1996, serving as a law clerk to Circuit Judge John B. Plegge and Circuit Judge Barry Sims from 1997 to 2002, and engaging in an active trial practice since joining Wright Lindsey Jennings in 2002. Young’s practice centers on litigation, and trial work, including employment law defense, property title defense, personal injury defense, insurance defense (including products liability, premises liability, professional liability, and bad faith as well as coverage disputes), representation of corporate clients (in cases involving products liability, mass tort, and pharmaceutical liability defense), and commercial litigation (including contract matters and non-consumer collections).

Regina’s willingness to take difficult cases to trial places her clients in the best possible position with opposing parties in settlement negotiations or trial.

Young also defends employers against EEOC charges and defends employers in federal and state court litigation and appeals, including claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, 42 U.S.C. Sections 1981 and 1983 and state law claims involving trade secrets, non-compete agreements, arbitration agreements, wrongful discharge, the Arkansas Civil Rights Act and the Arkansas Minimum Wage Act.

Young’s more recent experience includes:

  • Lead counsel in the defense of a medical facility accused of sex, disability and age discrimination by a former manager, including claims under the Equal Pay Act. The U.S. District Court judge granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant on all claims;
  • Lead counsel defending numerous EEOC charges against public entities and private companies;
  • Lead counsel in a disability discrimination and retaliation multi-day jury trial. The jury returned unanimous defense verdicts on the disability claims, and the Court granted the defense a directed verdict on the retaliation claim;
  • Lead counsel in a contested race and disability discrimination multi-day jury trial. The jury returned defense verdict on the discrimination claims; and
  • Lead trial counsel for a large U.S. based insurance carrier defending claims of bad faith and breach of contract.

Recognition

Young is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Young was recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “Future Star” in her field. Since 2012, Mid-South Super Lawyers has recognized Young for her work in Civil Litigation Defense and, in 2016 and 2018, she was recognized for her work in Employment Litigation Defense. Young has also been recognized by Soiree Magazine as a “Best Lawyer” in Little Rock in the category of litigation.


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