By Will Hall, Baptist Message executive editor
AMORY, Miss. — Court records show the North American Mission Board has added the law firm of WilmerHale of Washington, D.C., to represent it in the lawsuit, McRaney v. NAMB, which alleges the SBC entity illegally interfered in Will McRaney’s employment as executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware as well as other potential work opportunities.
NAMB has already retained ButlerSnow, a law firm of 390 attorneys, that “emerged from being primarily a regional firm to one with national scope,” according to butlersnow. com. The company is based in Mississippi where the lawsuit was filed, and they continue to represent NAMB.
U.S. News & World Report lists WilmerHale as “a leading, full-service international law firm with 1,077 lawyers located throughout 13 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.” Additionally, WilmerHale “clinches the title of most-liberal among the nation’s largest law firms,” according to law360.com (citing a Stanford study). Meanwhile, WilmerHale boasts on its website: “WilmerHale Again Receives 100 Percent Rating on LGBTQ Equality”; “WilmerHale Named Among the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality”; and “WilmerHale Becomes Visionary National Legal Partner of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.”
McRaney is represented by W. Harvey Barton (Pascagoula, Mississippi) and Scott E. Gant (Washington, D.C.).