Chad Hutchinson is an experienced litigator and trial attorney who has defended clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry the majority of his career.  He has successfully tried cases to verdict and assisted trial teams for cases in multi-district litigation and various state courts all over the country.  Chad recently received the 2018 Burton Award for his published work. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers® and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  

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As part of his experience, Chad has also handled the defense of Attorney General enforcement actions, toxic tort exposure cases, and medical malpractice cases. In addition to preparing and defending company witnesses and corporate 30(b)(6) representatives, Chad focuses his work on expert witnesses in the fields of polymer science, chemistry, biomaterials, epidemiology, toxicology, industry standards and regulatory affairs.  He has taken the lead in all work-up phases for experts, including preparation of the witnesses (including mock crosses), defending their depositions, and directing their testimony at trial. He also deposed numerous Plaintiffs’ experts in these fields, several of which concluded with successful Daubert challenges that limited or excluded the admissibility of their opinions.

In 2018, a client selected Chad as its “Attorney of the Year.” He is a member of the Trial Attorneys of America and graduated from the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy. He is active in a number of industry organizations, including IADC, where he serves as the Vice Chair of Programs and Projects and is a member of the Drug, Device & Biotechnology Committee.

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2001
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
  • Admitted pro hac vice in seven states

Distinctions

  • Medmarc Attorney of the Year, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2013-2019
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, 2008-2016, 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Member, Trial Attorneys of America
  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, 2006
  • Leadership Mississippi, Class of 2005
  • Certified Public Accountant

Education & Honors

  • Mississippi College, J.D., cum laude, 2001
    • Managing Editor, Mississippi College Law Review
  • University of Mississippi, M.A., Taxation, cum laude, 1996
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., Accountancy, cum laude, 1995

Experience

  • Cheryl Lankston v. Ethicon Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Houston Division; No. 4:17-CV- 00323; November 9, 2017; Trial Team Member; defense verdict.
  • Kimberly Adkins v. Ethicon Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, In the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; No. 130700919; June 9, 2017; Trial Team Member; defense verdict. 
  • Keckley v. Estes Equipment Corp. et al., In the Circuit Court of Rankin County, Mississippi; Cause No. 2014-46; May 15, 2017; summary judgment.
  • ​Pilot Travel Centers, LLC v. Mid-Continent Cas. Comp., 2016 WL 1633060, USDC of S. Miss; April 21, 2016; summary judgment.
  • ​Whitener v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., USDC of E.D. LA; Apr. 22, 2014; summary judgment.
  • James Orams v. Pilot Travel Centers, LLC, Circuit Court of Hinds County, Mississippi; Civil Action No. 251-09-6909; August 15, 2013; summary judgment.
  • Suzanna Davis v. The Young Men’s Christian Association, Circuit Court of Rankin County, Mississippi; Civil Action No. 2012-653; April 23, 2013; summary judgment. 
  • Lyles v. Maselle & Associates et al.; Mississippi Arbitration Association; April 2, 2013; Lead Trial Counsel; defense verdict. 
  • Savage v. Pilot Travel Centers, LLC, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Civil Action No. 11-60406; March 9, 2012; summary judgment affirmed.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Speaker“Strategies for Trial Success,” Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Seminar Presentation, Santa Fe, N.M., June 15, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Strategies for Minimizing the Likelihood of a Punitive Damages Verdict,” International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Drug, Medical Device and Biotec Committee Presentation, Palm Springs, Calif., February 12, 2018.
  • Author, Epidemiology for Lawyers,” Trial Attorneys of America, June 2017.
  • ​Co-Author​“Epidemiology and the NFL Collide,Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 10 No. 1 (2017).
  • Speaker, “Epidemiology – What Trial Lawyers and Jurors Really Need to Know;” International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Drug, Medical Device and Biotec Committee Seminar Presentation, Scottsdale, Ariz., February 19, 2017.
  • Speaker, “Epidemiology by Lawyers for Lawyers;” Defense Research Institute (DRI), Webinar, December 15, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Voir Dire,” International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Defense Counsel Training Manual, Third Edition, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Effective Use of Epidemiology in the Courtroom,” Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Seminar Presentation, La Jolla, Calif., June 2016.
  • Speaker, "Drug and Medical Device Litigation:  Recent Trends in Products Liability Litigation," Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Seminar Presentation, Sea Island, Ga., June 2015.
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