Litigation: General Commercial - Mississippi
THE FIRM This firm is recognized for its strong presence in the Mississippi litigation market. The team is known for its strength in a number of areas, including breach of contract, products liability and antitrust cases. A stellar client roster includes Chevron, ExxonMobil and Philip Morris.
Sources say: "This firm is uniquely calibrated to address any condition in any county in Mississippi, and presents cases in a way that engages that particular arena."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Bill Jones is described by a client as "very experienced and knowledgeable," as well as "a gentlemen of the first order." He specializes in products liability and insurance defense, and has experience at trial and appellate level.
Experienced litigator Scott Welch is "very active and really strong," according to peers. He focuses on representing clients in commercial litigation, business tort and personal injury defense.
"Fine trial lawyer" Bill Reed handles class action, antitrust and complex commercial litigation for clients which include pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers and financial institutions.
Barry Ford has a highly regarded practice in products liability and commercial litigation. Sources name him "a top-notch lawyer."
Carter Thompson specializes in pharmaceutical and medical device products liability defense, and has wealth of experience representing clients from the healthcare sector. One interviewee comments: "He's a lawyer who's really tried cases and takes a practical, cost-effective approach to litigation."
Sheryl Bey has a broad practice that includes insurance coverage, personal injury defense and commercial litigation. She recently took the lead in a breach of contract litigation for Caldwell Tanks and the Great American Insurance Company.
THE FIRM This firm is well known for the depth of its bench and its broad range of expertise. The team is active in products liability, personal injury, business tort and intellectual property matters, and is also experienced in handling class action and appellate cases. Key clients include Chevron and The Pantry, while the department continues to have close ties to the healthcare and banking sectors.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Wayne Drinkwater is both an "outstanding trial lawyer and outstanding in trial strategy," say sources, who also note that he is "one of the best appellate lawyers in Mississippi." He has a broad practice which includes commercial litigation, white-collar crime and business tort.
Sources praise "superb lawyer" William Purdy for his "dedicated, dogged representation" of clients. He is considered one of the market's foremost construction litigation experts.
Respected litigator Stephen Thomas receives praise from peers as an excellent advocate. He recently defended AstraZeneca against claims brought by the Attorney General regarding the sale of antipsychotic drug Seroquel.
"Top-notch" trial lawyer Roy Campbell has a wealth of expertise in the insurance, products liability and personal injury defense spheres. He is highly regarded for his proven track record in court, as well as his "insightful" advocacy.
William Manuel advises clients on a broad range of contentious matters, and is highly regarded for his handling of commercial and employment litigation.
Douglas Minor regularly represents clients in contentious financial services matters. He is also experienced in employment litigation and general commercial litigation.
Will Goodman recently joined the team from Watkins & Eager PLLC. Goodman specializes in defending pharmaceutical companies in complex class action and personal injury cases.
THE FIRM This firm maintains its highly respected presence in the litigation market and draws considerable plaudits for its adept team of trial lawyers. The team is active in a broad range of business disputes, including antitrust, toxic tort, contracts and securities matters. Clients have included C Spine Wireless, Rockwell Automotive and Lincoln Electric Company.
Sources say: "Extraordinarily well prepared, cost effective and extremely responsive to the needs of clients."
KEY INDIVIDUALS "Very fine trial lawyer" David Kaufman garners praise for his meticulous preparation and skills as an advocate. He frequently leads the firm in some of its highest-profile appointments.
Christopher Shapley is a well-established player in the market, and has amassed a wealth of experience in commercial business litigation, products liability and insurance coverage matters.
Samuel Kelly specializes in representing clients from the construction industry, and is also highly regarded in insurance coverage matters. Market sources note: "He is easy to deal with but represents his clients zealously."
THE FIRM This firm is highly regarded in the market for its formidable trial expertise and deep bench. The team is active in a variety of industry sectors, including financial services and pharmaceuticals, handling a broad range of matters such as antitrust and products liability disputes. The team recently defended Eli Lilly & Company in a case alleging violations of the Medicaid Fraud Control Act and the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act.
Sources say: "They are experienced and well prepared. They're good in both written submission and oral presentation in court."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Star litigator Christy Jones is "as good a lawyer as you'll ever see," according to market sources. She focuses on products liability and pharmaceutical cases. Recent clients include the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Luther Munford recently joined the team from Phelps Dunbar. He is described by one commentator as the "preeminent appellate lawyer in the state."
"Top-notch practitioner" Lee Thames garners praise for his expertise in products liability and mass tort. Market sources laud his "vast experience in court" and fine legal strategies.
Phil Abernethy is highly regarded for his experience and expertise in disputes pertaining to the construction sector, while he also handles a range of commercial and insurance matters. Recent work highlights include defending Higher One Holdings against accusations concerning its marketing of financial products to students.
Robert Galloway has an active commercial disputes and products liability practice. He was part of the team that defended State Farm Fire and Casualty Company following allegations made under the Federal False Claims Act.
Peers note John Henegan's skill at both trial and appellate level. His broad practice includes antitrust, intellectual property, media defense and telecoms disputes.
Donna Jacobs focuses on appellate work, pharmaceutical products liability defense and media defense. She worked alongside colleague Jones representing the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Barney Robinson is regarded by clients as "a go-to guy" for financial services litigation. He is highly regarded for his skills as a trial lawyer.
THE FIRM The litigation team at this regional firm handles a full range of disputes, including commercial business litigation, contentious real estate and appellate work. Recent work highlights include representing GE on a number of consolidated asbestos-related wrongful death cases. Other clients include CVS Pharmacy and Georgia-Pacific.
Sources say: "Very good work. They're very thorough, and no stone is left unturned."
KEY INDIVIDUALS "Outstanding lawyer" Alan Perry focuses on complex business litigation and appellate matters. Specific areas of expertise include antitrust, insurance and professional liability disputes.
Fred Krutz recently led the successful defense of a number of companies in a complex multiplaintiff silica case. He has a proven track record in mass tort cases, including asbestos litigation, and complex commercial disputes.
Sources report that Walter Watkins has "a very sophisticated view of litigation." He handles a broad range of disputes, including commercial, construction and environmental litigation.
Phillip Sykes specializes in financial services litigation, with clients benefiting from his expertise in accountancy matters. Key clients include Infrasource, which he represented in the complex dismissal of its former president.
Seasoned advocate Thomas Tardy handles a broad scope of contentious matters, including personal injury, professional liability and environmental litigation. He is experienced with asbestos cases, and led the team on the aforementioned case for GE.
THE FIRM This firm is lauded for its expert handling of complex commercial and business litigation, while the group is also active in products liability cases, securities litigation and fraud matters. The team recently represented Bayer Crop Science in complex litigation relating to allegations that the commercial rice supply contained genetically engineered rice. An illustrious client roster also contains Pfizer, Honda North America and Kia Motors.
Sources say: "Excellent writers, great communicators and the most responsive attorneys I've ever dealt with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Ulmer offers clients a wealth of talent and experience in products liability and commercial litigation. He acts across a broad range of industries, and peers praise his pragmatic and thorough approach.
David Ayers is highly regarded for his excellent skills as a trial lawyer and ability to address a jury. He has experience in defending automotive companies in products liability cases.
Clients describe Paul Stephenson as "a very bright and conservative lawyer. He protects our interests very carefully." His practice covers a broad range of contentious matters, including financial disputes, oil and gas controversies, and complex class actions.
William Ray is highly regarded for his representation of banks and other financial institutions in complex securities and class action cases. Recent work highlights include defending Trustmark National Bank in two putative class action cases brought in federal court.
Lewis Bell recently acted alongside colleague Ulmer in representing a number of manufacturers of welding consumables in a complex personal injury case. He handles a broad range of matters, including products liability, toxic tort and general commercial litigation.
William Goodman Jr is described by clients as a "formidable force in trial and a skilled litigator." He specializes in banking litigation, class actions and complex commercial disputes.
THE FIRM This firm enjoys a fine reputation in litigation, particularly for its work in insurance defense cases. The team has experience in a broad range of contentious matters, including business tort, healthcare and natural resources, and frequently represents clients before both state and federal courts. The firm boasts a wide geographical reach, with offices in Biloxi, Hattiesburg and Ridgeland.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Greg Copeland is "about as good as they come" in insurance defense matters, according to one market source. His broad practice covers oil and gas disputes and commercial litigation.
THE FIRM This firm is active in a broad range of litigations, including insurance defense, products liability, complex commercial disputes and bankruptcy. The team recently represented PepsiCo in a high-value termination of contract dispute with a major distributor. Other major clients come from the financial, retail and healthcare sectors.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Highly regarded advocate Keith Raulston brings his extensive experience of insurance and financial services litigation to the team. He is also active in class actions and commercial business disputes.
Neville Boschert has an expert knowledge of products liability matters, particularly those pertaining to the medical and pharmaceutical industries. He also led the team's representation of PepsiCo in the matter detailed above.
Mitchell Cowan focuses on contentious financial services matters, as well as handling insurance coverage, banking, consumer and products liability litigations.
Mark Herbert has a specialty practice in the construction sector. He is recognized for his expertise in handling insurance and security matters for large-scale construction projects.
THE FIRM This firm's litigation department is highly regarded for its handling of a broad range of contentious matters. Areas of expertise include professional liability, medical products liability and white-collar criminal defense matters. The firm is also recognized for its strength in multijurisdictional and appellate litigation.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Seasoned litigator Sandy Sams is highly regarded by the Mississippi market. His practice focuses on professional and products liability work, and he is also active in business and commercial litigation.
Head of litigation John Wheeler specializes in professional liability defense work, as part of a broader litigation practice which includes products liability and railroad matters.
THE FIRM This firm retains a strong presence in the litigation market, and acts for clients from a variety of industry sectors. The team offers expertise in medical malpractice defense and pharmaceutical products liability, as well as complex commercial, employment and railroad litigation. The firm also has a successful and highly regarded appellate practice.
Sources say: "They have a number of very skilled lawyers and do an excellent job."
KEY INDIVIDUALS "Outstanding litigator" Michael Wallace is described by clients as "a good trial lawyer, and widely recognized as a great appellate lawyer." He focuses on commercial litigation, public utilities cases and appellate work.
Former Supreme Court Justice James Robertson specializes in appellate cases. He continues to handle appeals in a broad range of legal areas.
THE FIRM This Ridgeland firm continues to be recognized for its close ties with its traditional energy sector client base, while it also has a notable presence in the real estate and insurance sectors. The firm is active in commercial, contract, intellectual property and bankruptcy disputes.
KEY INDIVIDUALS William Brabec is a key contact for the firm and head of the commercial disputes practice.
THE FIRM This firm's litigation team is known for its strength in disputes affecting regulated industries such as the energy, healthcare and gaming sectors. The group has handled a number of matters for Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, including litigation stemming from a $2.8 billion pipeline project. Other clients include Atmos Energy, Gulf South Pipelines and International Game Technology.
Sources say: "Their knowledge of the law and everything involved was the most impressive thing to me."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources praise Jonathan Dyal for his commitment to client service, as well as his familiarity with litigation proceedings in regulated industries. Clients appreciate his technical expertise, in addition to his dedicated and amenable approach.
William Smith has represented a number of gas pipeline companies in various high-profile domain lawsuits related to the construction of new pipelines across Mississippi.
Ben Stone is highly regarded for his strong advocacy skills. He recently represented the Mississippi Power Company in proceedings before the Mississippi Public Service Commission concerning the construction of a clean coal facility.
THE FIRM This compact litigation boutique covers a broad range of matters, including insurance, products liability and construction litigation. It is also recognized for its experience in alternative dispute resolution. The Jackson-based team is active both in Mississippi and across the South, with additional offices in Texas and Florida.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior counsel James Carroll is a recognized authority in complex insurance litigation. His practice includes international insurance litigation matters.
Myles Parker handles a wide range of litigation work including insurance defense, energy and natural resources, and real estate disputes. He also has experience in alternative dispute resolution.
Experienced litigator Jim Warren handles both plaintiff and defense-side work. He has a wealth of experience in the energy sector, particularly relating to utilities and refineries.
THE FIRM This three-partner boutique firm specializes in trial and appellate work, and enjoys an impressive reputation for its work in the administrative and environmental law sectors. The team represents clients before a number of courts and administrative bodies, ranging from county and municipal governing bodies to the US Supreme Court.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Firm principal John Corlew has an "outstanding reputation," according to market sources. He is held in high esteem for his experience in commercial litigation, appellate and administrative law matters.
THE FIRM This firm is well regarded for its work in complex banking and financial services disputes. The firm recently represented Bank of America and FIA Card Services in an antitrust case concerning the marketing, selling and administering of fee-based products related to credit cards. The team also acts in bankruptcy, foreclosure and class action matters.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Hunter Twiford specializes in defending financial institutions in a broad range of matters. He led the team acting on behalf of Bank of America and FIA Card Services, and is praised by observers for his trial advocacy.
Dewey Hembree enjoys a broad practice including commercial litigation and consumer finance matters. He recently acted for Bank of America in a challenge to the bank's authority to foreclose on real property.
THE FIRM This firm's litigation team is noted for its handling of a wide range of matters, including products liability, antitrust and tax disputes for telecoms, insurance and municipal clients. The firm also has a significant capacity in appellate matters, and recently represented Eaton Corporation and the City of Pasagoula before the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Sources say: "I have enjoyed working with Phelps Dunbar immensely, and feel certain as well as comfortable that their team has helped our company achieve its goals."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Fred Banks is recognized for the strength of his appellate practice. He was closely involved in the aforementioned matters for Eaton Corporation and the City of Pasagoula.
Ross Bass frequently acts on behalf of financial institutions in complex commercial disputes, class actions and mass tort cases.
THE FIRM This firm is highly regarded for its work in insurance defense, particularly for blue-chip life insurance companies. The team also handles a broad range of litigation matters, including disputes pertaining to antitrust, products liability, employment and securities law. Clients include Assurant and the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Walter Willson is recognized for his expertise in insurance litigation, and has experience in the defense of insurance companies, banks and other financial institutions.
At the same firm, head of litigation Cheri Gatlin is a recognized construction law specialist. She handles a broad range of work for major construction companies, including litigation and commercial matters.
Fellow Burr & Forman attorney Eric Hatten is recognized for his work in insurance defense. He recently acted for Allstate Insurance in a dispute involving $18 million in bond debt following a major residential development in Madison, Mississippi.
Dorsey Carson recently founded Carson Law Group, PLLC after leaving Burr & Forman LLP. Carson is well regarded for his advocacy skills and expertise in construction matters. He is active on both the plaintiff and defense side of disputes.
Luke Dove handles complex commercial litigation at the compact Dove and Chill firm. He enjoys a strong reputation among market observers.
David Mockbee of Mockbee Hall Drake & Hodge is regarded as "the preeminent" construction lawyer in Mississippi. One market source describes him as "a top-notch attorney."
William Larry Latham of William Larry Latham, PA is described by sources as the "premier mediator in the state." He specializes in alternative dispute resolution as well as general commercial litigation.