​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.

Biography – View PDF Bio

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, 2014-2020
    • Transportation Law, 2015-2020
    • 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). 
  • More...

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • 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.
  • 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, Miss., May 29, 2018.
  • Presenter, “Update on Autonomous Vehicles Including Self-Driving Trucks” Harmonie Group - Northwest Arkansas Trucking Seminar, Rogers, Ark., May 23, 2018. 
  • More...