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Christopher Gerrard Dunnells

Trucking accident Attorney at Ridgeland, MS

5.0   14 reviews

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Christopher G. Dunnells is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Mississippi as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Christopher was a Centennial Scholar and member of the Ina E. Gordy Honors College at Mississippi University for Women, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 2011. He received his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law in 2014 and his Masters of Business Administration from Mississippi College in 2015.

In 2020, Christopher became the youngest of only a handful of practicing attorneys in Mississippi to be awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating from both his peers (AV-Preeminent) and his clients (Client Champion Platinum). He has received certifications from both Harvard University and Yale University, is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and has received a specialization in “Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution” from Essec Business School.

Christopher is a member of the Defense Research Institute, Transportation Lawyers Association, Trucking Insurance Defense Association, Rotary Club of Jackson, and the Greater Jackson Chamber, among others. He also coaches the American Association for Justice’s moot court team for Mississippi College School of Law.

Christopher’s practice focuses on general insurance defense, including trucking defense, premises liability, personal injury, and professional malpractice.

He lives in Jackson, Mississippi with his wife, Caylan, and son, Jordan.

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Licensed for 7 years
State MS
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 12/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Christopher

DunbarMonroe
270 Colony Trace Park, Suite A
Ridgeland, MS, 39157

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer
Chris was very helpful with my family law case. He was very compassionate and trustworthy. He is also very easy to communicate with either by phone call, text message, or email. Overall I would recommend him!
Posted by Melinda | May 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Glad I hired him!
Mr. Dunnells was hired to help with a chancery court matter and took care of everything. The process wasn't as stressful, expensive, or time-consuming as I originally thought, and that was all thanks to Mr. Dunnells.
Posted by JC | May 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart business lawyer
Chris was able to do all of the work to start up my small business, including advising of potential problems that could arise and providing counsel on how to avoid them on the front end.
Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Five stars
Christopher has a great handle on the law & how it pertained for my case. He was calm, knowledgeable & answered all my questions.
Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Working with this lawyer was great!
He provided me excellent advice in starting my business and aid in my civil cases.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Understanding and reliable
Chris was hired to help with custody papers for a grandchild and was very understanding to my situation. We actually met 6 months before I took action and he still had his notes and remembered everything. He served me well, but also looked out for the baby's mother when requested. He met with me as much as I needed, returned all my calls, and held my hand through the process. Chris prepared me for court since this was my first experience. He actually returned some money to me- which how many lawyers do that. He was very conscientious of my finances, which I really appreciated. I'll use him again for other services.
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Posted by Erica | August 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So happy we chose him to be our lawyer!
Mr. Dunnells represented us in our adoption & termination of parental rights case & was phenomenal. He handled everything timely & efficently, always updating me & answering any questions I had. He took his time while talking with me & never rushed through any of our conversations. Mr. Dunnells will still be our attorney in future cases & we are ecstatic we worked with him!
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Posted by Pam | July 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Chris was professional and yet displayed great empathy for my situation. He was very prompt in returning calls and answering texts and emails. He made the process as hassle free as possible. I'm very pleased to have chosen him to handle my divorce.
Posted by Barbara and Charles | February 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair and Just Attorney
This young man knows his stuff. No one can know everything ao he will be the first to tell you that if he doesn't know something he will find out. He has a commanding presence AND voice. In other words, he can sound stern while remaining firm and fair. I'm sure anyone reading this is wondering about his fee. We found it to be very agreeable. Having hired many attorneys in the past we found that we got an extremely good/great attorney for a very fair price. He is not family and before we met he and his wife we were not our friends. In saying that, this is an unsolicited review. We now count them among our friends, because we trust him. So much so that we have hired him for a new venture of ours. When an attorney gets repeat business on an entirely different issue it says a lot for the person. Repeat business is your best recommendation. You can not go wrong with Chris Dunnells.
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Posted by Rhianna | February 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Mr. Dunnells was amazing in doing my uncontested divorce. Everything was filed on the exact day it was able. He was always in immediate contact with anything going on with the case and was very kind during the entire process ! I couldn't have had better!
Posted by Sue | September 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommendation of Legal Services for Wills & Living Wills
I highly recommend Christopher Dunnells for his legal services in drawing up wills and/or living wills. He drew up both for me, and I am very satisfied with his legal work on both documents. Mr. Dunnells was very knowledgeable as he made several helpful tax suggestions as we were discussing my bequests to family members, some of whom are not yet of legal age, and bequests to my college alma mater. He thoroughly explained the process of writing both documents during our initial visit. I had already begun drafting my will prior to this meeting, but his detailed explanations and legal advice were invaluable to me as I completed the document. He was very efficient in his "turn-around" time after I submitted my final draft. I highly recommend his services in both of these legal matters as I am very pleased with his legal services.
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Posted by Courtney | July 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney for All your Business and Family Needs
My father found himself in a sudden partnership dissolution regarding the company he had built from scratch and spent 25 years running. New partners (who had bought in that were supposed to allow him to phase out into retirement) suddenly wanted to change standard business practices and modify rules that benefited only themselves and hurt my dad's shares, equity, and future earning potential. Long story short, we were delivered papers regarding a corporation dissolution vote after my father refused their buyout "force-out" proposal. Upon the recommendation of someone else, we called Chris even though neither of us knew him personally. He met with us within 24 hours in a face-to-face meeting that was meant to bring him quickly up to speed. Needless to say, my father was impressed with the feedback he received in the consultation alone, and hired him on the spot. Chris continued to walk us through this ongoing battle or "work divorce" as my father liked to call it. He was always knowledgeable and took the time to grasp our individual circumstances. When he didn't understand something, he would always ask detailed questions to make sure he had the full picture. He filed immediate motions to halt any vote proceedings from taking place without my dad's consent. Throughout the process, he ended up acting as a mediator of sorts to all parties involved as the other side didn't want to retain full counsel. Because of his actions, he ensured my dad's company dissolution was handled fairly. He took after-hours calls numerous times and responded timely to texts and emails. This included even some weekend conversations. He went above and beyond in every aspect. We never once felt like we weren't his priority client. By the end, we honestly felt like he was family. Dad even ended up consulting with him on estate planning and living wills. I would highly recommend Chris for ANY legal needs. He has a variety of experience and is a "go-getter" in every sense of the word.
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Posted by Kathy | March 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Power of Attorney and Living Will
Chris met us at my father's nursing home because Dad was unable to get this office. He was so respectful of Dad and made the whole process of discussing difficult decisions and issues very comfortable. He was very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. Chris also called a week later to follow up with us and to see how Dad was doing.
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Posted by Jinnie | March 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client-Centered Service
My experience with Mr. Dunnells is greatly appreciated doing a time in my life when I was at a crossroad he displayed dignity and interacted with me in a very professional manner that made me feel as if I was very important and my best interest was at the forefront. I found my experience with Mr. Dunnells' representation as my attorney to be very rewarding at a crucial time in my life his attitude was very professional. He was knowledgeable of the law concerning my case and he was very mindful of me and my needs as for keeping me clear and informed of the process that we were dealing with. He kept me abreast of my rights and my options. I can say my interaction with Mr. Dunnells at this trying juncture in my life was a silver lining in a dark cloud. Thank you Mr Dunnells for your assistance.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 125-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • DunbarMonroe
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Dunnells Law, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2018

Education

  • Mississippi College
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2015
  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011

Legal Cases

  • Mario Holland v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 290 So.3d 1253
  • Affirmed
  • Evans v. Roger’s Trucking, Inc., 2019 WL 5295198 (S.D. Miss. 2019)
  • Dismissal
  • Swales v. KLLM, 410 F. Supp. 3d 786 (S.D. Miss. 2019)
  • Interlocutory Appeal Granted
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Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • The Gavel
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Rotary Club
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Jackson Chamber Partnership
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Mississippi Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hinds County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Magnolia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Reviewed
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Client Champion - Gold
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • 10.0 Rating
  • Justia
  • 2020
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Client Champion - Platinum
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Graduate
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Best Overall Advocate
  • Mississippi College
  • 2014
  • Advance Research Certification
  • LexisNexis
  • 2013
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • Law Office Management
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (43)
Endorse Christopher
Personal injury Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Great attorney to work with."
Trucking accident Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Other
"Chris is an outstanding lawyer, who I have known for many years, and who has shown to possess the skills and dedication that clients need and deserve. A true advocate, you cannot go wrong with selecting him to handle your case."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris advocated for his client with both skill and compassion. Although on opposing sides of the case, I appreciate his zealous representation provided and would recommend Chris as an advocate in litigation ranging from family law to medical malpractice including insurance defense representation."
Trucking accident Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Trucking accident Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable and practical in his practice of law. He is a team player."
Litigation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A true professional and a man of integrity."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a very knowledgeable about the law. His clients are extremely fortunate to have him as their attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very competent and knowledgeable lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Dunnells is a very intelligent lawyer with excellent skills."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dunnells is a highly driven and intelligent attorney. He has a real passion and ambition toward helping his clients carry out their legal needs. I fully endorse this attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dunnells is remarkably intelligent and very caring to his clients. I gladly endorse this lawyer and strongly recommend him to people from one end of Mississippi to the other.."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a hungry young attorney with a sharp intellect and passion for furthering his client's interests. He has a bright career in front of him, and I look forward to watching him rise through the ranks of the family law community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, talented and thorough litigator."
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Unquestionable work ethic and intelligence. I am consistently impressed by Chris, and I confidently endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dunnells is a new lawyer that has a good grasp on the law and is undoubtedly a huge asset to his clients. I have often been surprised at the innovative arguments that he can come up with at a moments notice. He is not afraid to try something new and this is a boon to his clients. I endorse his work and look forward to seeing his practice grow."
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