Anita is an experienced litigator, having tried more than 100 cases in state and federal courts. She is frequently a presenter, panelist and moderator as well as an adjunct law professor.

Biography

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1987
  • Mississippi, 1999
  • Tennessee, 2014
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Illinois: Northern
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Court

Distinctions

  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Personal Injury Defense: Products
  • Adjunct Professor, How To Do The Film Deal, University of Mississippi Law School
  • Adjunct Professor, Contract Drafting and Negotiations, University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Professional Skills Fellow, University of Mississippi School of Law
  • Trial Attorneys of America, Worker Achievement Award, 2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Oral Advocacy, Mississippi College School of Law
  • Instructor, Media and the Law, Tulane University
  • Executive Leadership Program, Harvard University
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Education & Honors

  • Loyola University, J.D., 1987
    • Dean’s List
    • Loyola Law Journal, Student Articles Editor
    • National Moot Court Team
    • National Mock Trial Team, Regional Champion
    • Lewis F. Powell Medal for Excellence in Advocacy, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Leadership and Service Award
  • Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A., History, cum laude, 1984

Experience

  • ​Tried over 100 cases in state and federal courts, from simple prosecutions to complex litigation, including:
  • Obtained defense verdict for chemical supplier in multi-million dollar litigation involving commercial and product liability claims by Canadian manufacturing company.
  • Obtained a multi-million dollar verdict for plaintiffs in wrongful death action involving railroad negligence.
  • Successfully struck venire in Propulsid bellwether trial pending in Claiborne County, Mississippi.
  • Obtained defense verdict on design and construction claims concerning Chicago's former State Street Mall.
  • Tried high-profile matter involving First Amendment and national security issues concerning the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.  
  • ​Tried Commerce Clause challenge to Chicago spray paint ban, which was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in National Spray Paint & Coatings Assn. v. City of Chicago, 45 F.3d 1124 (7th Cir. 1995).
  • Obtained defense verdict in negligent police pursuit action.
  • Obtained judgment notwithstanding the verdict in policy matter involving firearms.
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Publications

  • Panelist, "Interactions Among Physicians and Lawyers," Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN (April 2014).
  • Moderator, "Robert Johnson and the Legal Blues of Celebrity Estates," Mid-South Intellectual Property Institute, Oxford, MS (Feb. 2014).
  • Author, "Tipping the Scales of Fair Use to Serve the Purpose of the Copyright Act," For The Defense 66-70 (Jan. 2014).
  • Speaker, "Transformative Use: More Than Meets the Eye," The DRI Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (Oct. 2013).
  • Speaker, "What I Learned at the Movies on Trials, Legal Ethics and Professionalism," The Trial Law Institute, Chicago, IL (Sept. 2013).
  • Author, "Taking a Stand on the Right of Publicity," The MDLA Quarterly at 4-6 (Summer 2013), reprinted in the MS Bar Intellectual Property Newsletter (Fall 2013).
  • Guest Commentator, "Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law" for MPB’s "In Legal Terms" (July 16, 2013). 
  • Presenter, "Pi, Cannibalism and Ethics," Bioethics Fellowship Program, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS (July 2013).
  • Presenter, "Fifth Circuit's Approach to Daubert," Trial Attorney of America Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (June 2013).
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