Ben is Chair of our e-Discovery Advisors team in our Commercial Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on director and officer defense, contract litigation, administrative law and aviation law.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2000
  • Tennessee, 2000
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®- Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2016-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Appellate Practice, 2013-2019
    • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2013- 2019
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2011-2018
    • Mid-South Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2009-2010
  • Leadership Mississippi, Class of 2007

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., magna cum laude, 2000
    • Executive Articles Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
    • James O. Eastland Scholarship
  • Millsaps College, B.A., History, magna cum laude, 1997
  • Millsaps College, B.B.A., Accounting, magna cum laude, 1997
  • Clerkship,
    Judge William H. Barbour, ​United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, 2000-2001
  • Clerkship,
    Judge Rhesa H. Barksdale, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2001-2002

Experience

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Douglas v. Regions Bank, No. 3:12-CV-523FKB, 2016 WL 4442829 (S.D. Miss. Aug. 18, 2016) (granting summary judgment in customer’s conversion and negligence suit against bank).
  • In re Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability litigation, MDL No. 2327, F.R.D. 502 (S.D.W. Va. 2014) (denying plaintiffs’ motion for sanctions for alleged spoliation of electronically stored information in medical device multi-district litigation).
  • PIC Group, Inc. v. Landcoast Insulation, Inc., No. 1:09-CV-662KS-MTP, 2011 WL 2669144 (S.D. Miss. July 7, 2011) (adopting special master’s recommendations concerning opposing litigant’s failure to preserve and search for relevant electronically stored information).
  • Reunion, Inc. v. Federal Aviation Administration, No. 3:09-CV-269TSL-FKB, 2010 WL 1759562 (S.D. Miss. May 3, 2010) (represented land developer against the FAA concerning the removal of a VORTAC facility from the developer’s land).
  • Regions Bank v. Herrington, 630 F. Supp. 2d 722 (S.D. Miss. 2009) (compelling arbitration of consumer’s claims against bank pursuant to the bank’s customer agreement).
  • State Farm Fire and Cas. Co. v. Hood, No. 2:07-CV-188KS-MTP, 2007 WL 4208068 (S.D. Miss. Sept. 14, 2007) (representation of insurer in Section 1983 action against State Attorney General to successfully enjoin criminal investigation).
  • RLI Insurance Co. v. Audubon Indemnity Co., No. 4:04-CV-276D-B, 2007 WL 2979638 (N.D. Miss. Oct. 11, 2007) (granting summary judgment in favor of insurer and finding no coverage under a personal umbrella policy).
  • Mechanics Bank v. Bruno, No. 3:06-CV-102JAD, 2007 WL 2713387 (N.D. Miss. Sept. 13, 2007) (granting summary judgment in favor of bank against debtor on defaulted note).
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications