THE FIRM Baker Donelson is home to one of the largest litigation practices in Mississippi, one well placed to advise on a large variety of matters. The team's expertise covers commercial and business disputes, product liability defense, professional liability and personal injury cases. Key clients include Chevron, Ford and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.
Sources say: “Baker Donelson is outstanding in every respect." "Great effectiveness and great value for money."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Bill Jones is widely renowned for his advocacy skills. He has vast trial experience having represented manufacturers and other clients in product liability cases, and national and international insurers in insurance defense and coverage litigation.
The "extremely professional and knowledgeable" Scott Welch is recommended for his "very diplomatic style" in cases. His practice covers a wide range of civil litigation matters including financial services litigation, personal injury, business torts, transportation, product liability and insurance coverage and related litigation.
With a “first class legal mind,” Bill Reed is known for his capabilities in handling class actions, product liability insurance coverage and contract cases. He is described as “rigorous, thorough, thoughtful, persistent, unflappable, aggressive, creative and insightful.” Reed heads up the litigation department at Baker Donelson.
Barry Ford is considered “an excellent trial lawyer” by interviewees. One particular source states: “He's the first person I'd call on something major.” Ford is adept at handling a wide range of product liability and complex commercial litigation matters.
Carter Thompson represents regional and national clients in product liability, drug and medical device, professional liability and personal injury cases. Clients praise his practicality, stating that he “is street smart and employs a practical, real world approach" and "runs his cases in a lean, economical way.”
Sheryl Bey joins the rankings this year following extensive praise from market sources. She is considered “a fiery lawyer” and “very good on her feet.” Her practice primarily focuses on commercial litigation for financial institutions. Her expertise includes foreclosures and other mortgage-related issues as well as bad faith insurance defense, insurance coverage and contract disputes.