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

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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

  • Mississippi Museum of Art, Board of Trustees, Secretary, 2012-2015
  • Mississippi Museum of Art, Executive Committee, 2012-2016
  • Mississippi Museum of Art, Art by Choice, Chair, 2015
  • American Heart Association, Heart Ball, Annual Gala Chair, 2014
  • American Heart Association, Art Acquisitions, Chair, 2015-2016
  • Andrew Jackson Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Executive Board, 2015-2016
  • Andrew Jackson Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout Scholarship, Chair, 2015-2016
  • Butler Snow, Art Committee, Co-Chair, 2010-2016

Distinctions

  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Boulder, Colorado, 1996
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2010-2017
  • 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

  • Co-Author, “Is It Time To Erase Chalkboard Damages?” DRI, Strictly Speaking, The Newsletter of the Product Liability Committee, Volume 13, Issue 4, December 2, 2017.
  • Co-Author, “Guilty By Association? Keeping Premises Owners Safe from Liability for Criminal Acts of Third Parties: Assignment of Fault to the Real Culprit,” The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 41, Number 1, Spring 2017.
  • Co-Author, “Guilty By Association? Keeping Premises Owners Safe from Liability for Criminal Acts of Third Parties,” The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 40, Number 4, Winter 2016.
  • Author & Presenter, “Cars and Truck of the (not so distant) Future,” ABA Webinar, January 27, 2016.
  • Author & Presenter, “Who (or what) Ran the Red Light? A Shift in Trucking Warranty Cases from Negligence to Product Liability,” and “John Boy vs. Learned Hand: Sizing Up Your Case Based on the Plaintiff’s Lawyer,” Denver Regional Transportation Seminar, Denver, CO, October 8, 2015.
  • Author & Presenter, “Cars & Trucks of the Future,” ABA/TIPS Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee Newsletter, Summer 2015.
  • Author & Presenter, “Driving Innovations and Investigation Technologies – Brave New World for Drivers and Litigation?,” ABA Transportation Mega Conference, March 13, 2015.
  • Author & Presenter, “Updates on Passenger Vehicle Data Recorders: new Recording Devices Offered By Insurers to Track Individual Driving Habits and the Latest on V2V Communications,” and “Medical Damages at Trial: The Ongoing Tort Reform Battle Over the Collateral Source Rule and ‘Billed’ Versus ‘Paid’ Medical Bills,” The Harmonie Group, Denver Regional Transportation Seminar, Denver, CO, October 1, 2014.
  • Author & Presenter, “Cars of the Future,” Northwest Arkansas Transportation Seminar, Fayetteville, AR, September 18, 2014 (with Don Page, RLI Transportation).
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