​Chad practices within the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Group.  Best Lawyers in America® listed him as one of its Ones to Watch for Commercial Litigation and Health Care Law.

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Chad currently serves as a member of the team defending Johnson & Johnson in the pelvic and hernia mesh litigation.  In this role, he is responsible for preparing answers, Rule 12 motions, and notices of removal, and as well as other dispositive and evidentiary pretrial motions and briefs. He also has experience handling appeals in the pelvic mesh litigation. including Salinero v. Johnson & Johnson, 995 F.3d 959 (11th Cir. 2021) (affirming summary judgment on failure to warn claim and rejecting “financial interest” exception to learned intermediary doctrine).

In addition to his product liability practice, he also defends Attorneys General consumer protection litigation for clients in a variety of industries at the trial and appellate level.

From 2013-2018, he clerked for Chief Justice William L. Waller of the Supreme Court of Mississippi. He also served as a legal writing adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law from 2013-2015.

Chad is the co-author of Mississippi Appellate Practice (MLI Press 2021) and frequently authors articles on litigation-related topics for Butler Snow’s Pro Te: Solutio.  He is a member of the Capital Area Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, American Bar Association and Jackson Young Lawyers.

He obtained his J.D., cum laude, from Mississippi College School of Law and B.S.B.A., with honors, from University of Southern Mississippi. He is admitted to practice in Mississippi.

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 7th Circuit
    • 8th Circuit
    • 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2023
    • Ones to Watch, Health Care Law, 2021-2023
  • Mississippi Bar Leadership Forum 2018
  • Legal Writing Adjunct Professor, Mississippi College School of Law, 2013-2015

Education & Honors

  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013
    • Hearin Merit Scholar
    • National Order of Scribes
    • Associate Editor, Mississippi College Law Review
    • Board Member, Mississippi College Moot Court Board
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.S.B.A, International Business, with honors, 2010
  • Clerkship, Chief Justice William L. Waller, Jr., Supreme Court of Mississippi, 2013-2018

Experience

  • ​Chad has successfully defended medical device companies in appeals in the Eighth and Eleventh Circuits, including:
    • Kelly v. Ethicon, Inc., 2021 WL 4998930 (8th Cir. Oct. 28, 2021) (per curiam) (affirming summary judgment on statute of limitations grounds, and affirming district court’s decisions granting defendants leave to file supplemental summary judgment motion, denying plaintiffs’ post-judgment motions, and awarding litigation costs to defendants)
    • Salinero v. Johnson & Johnson, 995 F.3d 959 (11th Cir. 2021) (affirming summary judgment on failure to warn claim and rejecting “financial interest” exception to learned intermediary doctrine)

Papers, Presentations, & Publications