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The daughter of a litigator, Kathryn Breard Platt learned about the law and how to argue at a young age. She is passionate about obtaining positive results for her clients. Whether Kathryn is defending a client in large, complex construction litigation or representing a client in a small collections matter, she provides the representation that she would expect from a lawyer. Kathryn understands the importance of keeping clients informed while developing an aggressive path to success.

Since joining Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr and Smith in 2005, Kathryn has represented large corporations, small businesses, insurance companies, and individuals throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Kathryn’s experience and knowledge of the law have helped her obtain dismissal of clients through summary judgment and after a trial on the merits, as well as obtain responsible settlements when doing so is in the client’s best interests. Additionally, she has successfully obtained voluntary dismissals of her clients through the use of Litigation Accountability Act letters. Representative experience includes:

  • Successfully trying jury and bench trials in Mississippi and Alabama

  • Successfully mediating dozens of cases in Mississippi and Louisiana

  • Handling complex construction litigation, Hurricane Katrina litigation, trucking litigation, Chinese Drywall litigation, and asbestos litigation

  • Appearing regularly before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

  • Negotiating complex contracts

  • Speaking before the Mississippi Associated Builders & Contractors by providing Lunch & Learn Seminars

  • Providing seminars for the Mississippi Section of the ASCE

  • Providing Continuing Education Units for engineers and architects in Louisiana and Mississippi

Kathryn also authored an article entitled “Homebuilder Liability in Mississippi for Defective Component Parts: Why Homebuilders Should Not be Liable for Defective Component Products” which was published in the MDLA Quarterly in the Winter of 2012.

Kathryn has earned an “BV Distinguished” rating from Martindale-Hubbell for her ethical standards and legal ability. She also regularly acts as a mock trial judge and volunteers for A Lawyer in Every Mississippi Classroom.


Practice areas


  1. Construction & Development: 30%
    9 years
  2. Insurance: 25%
    9 years
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    7 years
  4. Real Estate: 20%
    3 years

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Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr and Smith

2510 14th Street
Suite 910
Gulfport, MS, 39501


ALAuthorized to practice law200611/11/2015
MSAuthorized to practice law200611/11/2015
LAEligible to practice law200511/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AssociateGalloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, PLC2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Gulfport Business ClubMember2012 - Present
Risk Management AssociationMember2011 - Present
Gulf Coast Chamber of CommerceMember2011 - Present
Mississippi Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
MS Associated Builders and ContractorsMember2010 - Present
Harrison County Young LawyersMembmer2008 - Present
Harrison County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Byrd v. Paw Paw's Camper City, Inc., 967 So.2d 1251 (Miss.App. 2007)Summary judgment granted to seller and the Miss. Appellate Court affirmed.
Weckesser v. Chicago Bridge And Iron, L.G., 447 Fed.Appx. 526 (5th Cir. 2011)Jury verdict in favor of contractor; affirmed on appeal.
U.S. v. Bryan Co., 2012 WL 2051861 (S.D.Miss. 2012)Owner/Developer's cross-claims against architect were dismissed because the FHA and ADA preempt such claims. Moreover, an owner/developer has a non-delegable duty to comply with the ADA and FHA.
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Publication nameTitleDate
MDLA QuarterlyHomebuilder Liability in Mississippi for Defective Component Parts2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University New Orleans College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Louisiana State University, Baton RougeN/ABS - Bachelor of Science2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Meeting of the MS Section of the ASCELearning from the Mistakes of Others2013
Lunch & LearnUnderstanding Liens in Private Projects2012
Lunch & LearnImportance of Written Policies and Procedures2012
Lunch & LearnSummary of MS Construction Law2012
Last Chance Seminar for Design ProfessionalsLearning from Others' Mistakes2012
Lunch & LearnShifting Liability Through Contracts2011