​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

  • Boy Scouts of America, Andrew Jackson Council
    • Executive Board, 2016-2019
    • Eagle Scout Scholarship Coordinator, 2016-2019
  • Mississippi Museum of Art
    • Board of Trustees, 2012-2019
      • Secretary, 2012-2015
    • Executive Committee, 2012-2016
    • Chair, Art by Choice, 2015
  • American Heart Association
    • Annual Gala Chair, Heart Ball, 2014
    • Chair, Art Acquisitions, 2015-2019
  • Butler Snow Art Committee
    • Co-Chair, 2010-2019
  • Kappa Alpha Order, University of Mississippi
    • Alpha Upsilon Chapter House Corporation, Vice President/Secretary 1996-2002
      • President, 2002-2019
  • River Hills Tennis Club, Membership Committee, 2017-2018
  • St. Richard Catholic Church

Distinctions

  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Boulder, Colorado, 1996
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2010-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2014-2021
    • Transportation Law, 2015-2021
    • Lawyer of the Year, Transportation Law (Jackson, Miss.), 2020
  • 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.
  • Zaniewski v. Tiffin Motor Homes, Inc., et al., USDC, Western District of Tennessee, Western Division (Trial – September 2019)
  • 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). 
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, "Autonomous and Electric Cars and Trucks: Did They Survive COVID?" The Brief, Volume 50, Number 2, Winter 2021.
  • Presenter, "Autonomous Trucks – Rolling Down an Interstate Near You – With the Potential to Take Liability out of the Company/Driver’s Hands," Virtual Transportation Seminar, Harmonie Group, September 23, 2020 and November 30, 2020.
  • Author and Presenter, “The Future Truck – Automated, Connected, Electric: When will it get here, and how will it impact Trucking Liability Claims?,” Harmonie Regional Transportation Seminar, Denver, Colo., August 13-15, 2019. (Paper also presented at Harmonie seminars in Chicago and NW Arkansas during 2019)
  • Moderator/Speaker, "The Race for Autonomous Vehicles - Are We There Yet?" ABA Transportation Megaconference XIV, New Orleans, La., March 21, 2019.
  • Attendee, “Autonomous Vehicles 2019 – Silicon Valley,“ Sponsored by IQPC, Santa Clara, Calif., February 25-27, 2019.
  • Moderator/Speaker, “The Future Truck – Automated, Electric, Connected… Oh My!,” Arkansas Trucking Seminar, September 20, 2018.
  • Panelist, “Smart Transportation and Logistics,” Data Summit 2018, Starkville, Miss., September 13, 2018.
  • Panelist, “Driverless Cars and Our Future,” Mississippi Digital Government Summit, Jackson, Miss., September 12, 2018.
  • Author and Presenter, “Update on Autonomous Vehicles including Self-Driving Trucks” Harmonie Regional Transportation Seminar, Denver, Colo., August 8-10, 2018.
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