​Art is the coordinator of our 24-Hour Accident Investigation Team and our Autonomous Vehicle Technology Group. He has extensive experience in Product Liability Law, Transportation Law/Trucking Defense, and Automotive/Recreational Vehicle Law.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1991
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted pro hac vice in approximately 20 states

Civic Involvement

  • River Hills Tennis Club, Membership Committee, 2017-2018
  • Boy Scouts of America, Andrew Jackson Council
    • Executive Board, 2016-2018
    • Eagle Scout Scholarship Coordinator, 2016-2018
  • Mississippi Museum of Art
    • Board of Trustees, 2012-2018
      • Secretary, 2012-2015
    • Executive Committee, 2012-2016
    • Chair, Art by Choice, 2015
  • American Heart Association
    • Annual Gala Chair, Heart Ball, 2014
    • Chair, Art Acquisitions, 2015-2018
  • Butler Snow Art Committee
    • Co-Chair, 2010-2017
  • Kappa Alpha Order, University of Mississippi
    • Alpha Upsilon Chapter House Corporation, Vice President/Secretary 1996-2018
      • President, 2002-2018
  • St. Richard Catholic Church

Distinctions

  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Boulder, Colorado, 1996
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2010-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2014-2018
    • Transportation Law, 2015-2018
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2011-2016
  • Client Choice Award, Recognized for Excellence in Client Service, USA & Canada, 2016

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 1991
    • Business Manager, Mississippi Law Journal, 1990-1991
  • Downing College, Summer Session, 1989
  • University of Mississippi, B.Accy., cum laude, 1988

Experience

  • Coordinator of Butler Snow’s Autonomous Vehicle Technology Group 
  • Coordinator of Butler Snow’s Trucking Group.
  • Coordinator of Butler Snow’s 24-Hour Accident Investigation Team.
  • Served as National/Regional counsel for motor coach manufacturer from 1995-2002 and appeared in approximately 20 states.
  • Westbrook v. Jackson Public Transportation Co., Inc., Hinds County Circuit Court (Defense Verdict), 2012. 
  • English v. Rebelwood Apartments, Hinds County Circuit Court (Deadlocked Jury), 2012. 
  • Smith v. The Waggoners Trucking Corporation, Washington County Circuit Court (Greenville, MS) (Defense Verdict), 2012. 
  • Fenelon v. Jackson Metrocenter Mall, Ltd., 2012 Miss. App. LEXIS 735 (Summary Judgment for Defense). 
  • Suzette Smith v. The Waggoners Trucking Corporation and Antonio Watson, 69 So.3d 773 (Miss. App. 2011) .
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, Luncheon Speaker, “The Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Revolution,” ROAD 2018 (3rd Annual Roundtable on the Purpose of Autonomous Driving), Mississippi State University, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS), Starkville, MS, May 29, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Update on Autonomous Vehicles Including Self-Driving Trucks” Harmonie Group - Northwest Arkansas Trucking Seminar, Rogers, Arkansas, May 23, 2018. 
  • Attendee, “Autonomous Vehicles 2018 – Silicon Valley,” Sponsored by IQPC, San Mateo, CA, February 27-28, 2018
  • Author and Presenter, “Is it Time to Erase Chalkboard Damages? – The Collateral Source Rule and “Billed” versus “Paid” Medical Bills,” Harmonie Winter Conference, Orlando, FL, January 25-27, 2018.
  • Author, “The Autonomous Vehicle Revolution Expands to Trucks,” DRI magazine, For the Defense, December 2017.
  • Author and Presenter, “The Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Revolution Expands to Trucks,” Harmonie North American Litigation Trends Seminar, London, England, October 18, 2017.
  • Author and Presenter, “The Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Revolution,”  Harmonie Regional Transportation Seminar, Rogers, AR, May 24, 2017 (Paper also used at Harmonie seminars in Dallas, Denver, and Atlanta during 2017).
  • Author and Presenter, “The Autonomous Vehicle Revolution,” and “The Phantom of the Chalkboard – Collateral Source Rule,” and “John Boy v. Learned Hand – Dealing with Different Types of Plaintiff Attorneys,”  Harmonie Group In-House presentation for IAT Insurance Group, Raleigh, NC, April 5, 2017.
  • Author and Presenter, “The Autonomous Vehicle Revolution,” Harmonie TV (taping for Harmonie On-Demand video lecture series), Dallas, TX, March 14, 2017.
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