Litigation - Mississippi
What the team is known for Maintains an excellent reputation for product liability and class action work, especially for clients in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries. Also sought by financial institutions and clients in healthcare.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their people were top-notch, first class. They produce excellent quality work and we got some great representation."
"Their attorneys are very talented in their areas of focus and the federal law."
Work highlights Acted for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company on bankruptcy litigation in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals following a major defalcation by a former title insurance agent. The case was worth over $6 million and was the first in the Fifth Circuit to deal with the new Bullock standard of proof since the US Supreme Court's decision.
Represented Wells Fargo Bank in the successful dismissal of a putative class action concerning flood policies in the company's mortgages. The claim would have been worth more than $1 million.
Bill Jones is described by peers as "a superb lawyer" and continues to be well known for his product liability work. He is also an experienced insurance defense lawyer.
Veteran litigator Scott Welch has been practicing for almost 50 years, and has substantial experience in gaming litigation, personal injury and commercial litigation, among other areas. Clients say he is "really outstanding," and praise his responsiveness, experience and the tactical direction he imposes on cases.
Clients appreciate that Bill Reed takes the time to "understand our company, culture and risk appetite. He's very good at communicating in a timely manner." His strengths lie in financial litigation, class actions, insurance coverage disputes and general commercial litigation.
Barry Ford is well regarded for his product liability expertise, especially in relation to the automotive industry. He also handles general commercial litigation. He previously served for over ten years as a state circuit trial judge.
Carter Thompson is an expert in pharmaceutical and medical device product liability defense. One client enthused that he "is able to achieve success because he is respected and trusted by not only his clients, but also judges, co-counsel, and even opposing counsel," before adding: "Carter is the 'go-to' person you want in your corner on tough, bet-the-company litigation."
Sheryl Bey continues to handle a range of commercial and business-related litigation, with notable mandates from financial institutions. She led the team's successful work for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in bankruptcy litigation worth more than $6 million.
Significant clients Chevron-Texaco, American Modern Insurance Group, ExxonMobil, Ford, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems.