Chad Hutchinson is an experienced 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 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 biomaterials, polymer science, chemistry, epidemiology and toxicology.  He has deposed numerous Plaintiffs’ experts in these fields, several of which concluded with successful Daubert challenges that limited or excluded the admissibility of their opinions.  He has also presented to judges presiding at court-ordered Science Days, as well as led all work-up phases for experts, including selection, preparation, defending their depositions, and directing their testimony at trial.

In 2018, a client selected Chad as its “Attorney of the Year.”  He graduated from the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy. In 2019, Chad served as a faculty member of the academy. Chad is active in a number of industry organizations, including IADC, where he is a member of the Drug, Device & Biotechnology Committee and serves as the Vice Chair of Programs and Projects. Chad is also a member of the Trial Attorneys of America.

Chad obtained a J.D., cum laude, from Mississippi College. He obtained both an M.A., cum laude, in Taxation and B.A., cum laude, in Accountancy from University of Mississippi. He is admitted to practice in Mississippi.


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


  • Client Designated Attorney of the Year, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2013-2022
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, 2008-2016, 2018-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Member, Trial Attorneys of America
  • Faculty Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, 2019
  • 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


  • 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 Counsel; 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 Counsel; 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

  • Podcast Guest, "Defense Counsel Journal Highlight: Turning the Tables: Non-Retained Experts for Defendants," IADC Speaks Podcast, February 7, 2022.
  • Co-Author, "Turning the Tables: Non-Retained Experts for Defendants," IADC Defense Counsel Journal, Vol. 88, No. 4, October 20, 2021. 
  • ​Speaker, “Battle of the Experts: Cross-Examination Strategies and Techniques,” Client-Industry Sponsored Seminar, Miami, Florida, October 6, 2021.
  • Speaker, “Best Practices of Working with Experts (If You Need One),” Pharmaceutical / Medical Device Seminar, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, June 10, 2021.
  • Co-Author, “The Case for Non-Retained Expert Witnesses,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 14, No. 1, February 2021.
  • Co-Author, “The Mongoose Strikes Back: How to Thwart a Reptilian Attack,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 12 No. 3, September 2019.
  • Speaker, “Digital Communication Etiquette: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly,” Medical Device Presentation, Denver, Colo., August 28, 2019.
  • Speaker, “The Mongoose Strikes Back: How to Kill a Reptilian Attack,” Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Seminar Presentation, Austin, Texas, June 6, 2019.
  • Speaker“Strategies for Trial Success,” Pharmaceutical/Medical Device Seminar Presentation, Santa Fe, N.M., June 15, 2018.
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