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.
Licensed since 1994
|MS||Authorized to practice law||1994||07/13/2015|
|Shareholder||Mitchell, McNutt & Sams PA||2003 - Present|
|Attorney||Watkins & Eager||2000 - 2003|
|Attorney||McCoy, Wilkins, Stephens & Tipton||1994 - 2000|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Lowndes Country Bar Association||Past President||2003 - Present|
|Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association||President-Elect||1994 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute||Insurance Committee Member||1994 - Present|
|Mississippi State Bar||Past Commissioner and Executive Committee||1994 - Present|
|Hall v. Mi Toro, et al||Summary Judgment for Defendants|
|Nationwide v. Ridgway, et al||Summary Judgment for Nationwide|
|Martin v. Rankin Circle Apartments, et al||Summary Judgment for owners and managers of apartments|
|Mississippi Law Journal||A Case for the Exercise of Federal Court Jurisdiction Over Certain Personal Injury Claims Against Riverboat Casinos||N/A|
|Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law: A State-by-State Compendium (DRI, Defense Research Institute)||Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law in Mississippi and Arkansas||N/A|
|Mississippi College School of Law||N/A||JD||1994|
|Mississippi State University||Political Science||B.S.||1989|
|MWST Claim Handler Seminar||Trying the "One Call That's All" Case for the Defense||N/A|
|Mississippi Sovereign Immunity||Sovereign Immunity for Employees of Governmental Entities in Their Individual and Official Capacity||N/A|
|Joint Seminar of MCA/MS Defense Lawyers Association||Recent Developments in Mississippi on Insurance Coverage Issues||N/A|
|Damages in Mississippi Civil Trial Practice||Damages Under Mississippi Law||N/A|