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I help insurance companies and their insureds develop resolution strategies for litigated and coverage matters.  My practice focuses on the defense of premises liability and automobile tort cases in north Mississippi.  I am the only attorney with a concentrated practice in these areas who can service clients from four offices in north Mississippi.  I have offices in Tupelo, Oxford, Columbus and Corinth, Mississippi.  I have successfully defended over 1,000 complex premises liability cases saving insurance companies and their insureds millions of dollars. 

My premises liability experience includes the successful defense of apartment complexes, convenience stores, hotels/motels, retail establishments, governmental entities and schools.  My practice has also involved providing premises safety assessments for both insurers and insureds.  

My automobile tort experience is extensive having handled complex product liability cases involving tire tread separations and major trucking collisions to uninsured motorist defense of automobile insurers. 

I am frequently called on by longstanding insurance clients to provide complex insurance coverage analysis and to litigate such matters. 

I am past president of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association which consists of over 500 litigation defense attorneys with the state of Mississippi. I have also served on the insurance committee of the Defense Research Institute having been published by that organization.  Previously I served as a Mississippi Bar Commissioner and on the Mississippi Bar Executive Committee.  I am the past president of the Lowndes County, Mississippi Bar Association.


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  1. Insurance: 100%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases


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  • Philip J. Scolieri

    I met John at a legal conference and was impressed with the extent of his knowledge in his field and the scope of his practice. I endorse him as lawyer in his field of insurance law.


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215 Fifth Street North
Columbus, MS, 39703


MSAuthorized to practice law199411/11/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderMitchell, McNutt & Sams PA2003 - Present
AttorneyWatkins & Eager2000 - 2003
AttorneyMcCoy, Wilkins, Stephens & Tipton1994 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lowndes Country Bar AssociationPast President2003 - Present
Mississippi Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident-Elect1994 - Present
Defense Research InstituteInsurance Committee Member1994 - Present
Mississippi State BarPast Commissioner and Executive Committee1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hall v. Mi Toro, et alSummary Judgment for Defendants
Nationwide v. Ridgway, et alSummary Judgment for Nationwide
Martin v. Rankin Circle Apartments, et alSummary Judgment for owners and managers of apartments
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Publication nameTitleDate
Mississippi Law JournalA Case for the Exercise of Federal Court Jurisdiction Over Certain Personal Injury Claims Against Riverboat CasinosN/A
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law: A State-by-State Compendium (DRI, Defense Research Institute)Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law in Mississippi and ArkansasN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mississippi College School of LawN/AJD1994
Mississippi State UniversityPolitical ScienceB.S.1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MWST Claim Handler SeminarTrying the "One Call That's All" Case for the DefenseN/A
Mississippi Sovereign ImmunitySovereign Immunity for Employees of Governmental Entities in Their Individual and Official CapacityN/A
Joint Seminar of MCA/MS Defense Lawyers AssociationRecent Developments in Mississippi on Insurance Coverage IssuesN/A
Damages in Mississippi Civil Trial PracticeDamages Under Mississippi LawN/A