Chip is a member of Butler Snow’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices & Healthcare Group, where he focuses his practice on drug and medical devices, product liability law, medical malpractice defense, intellectual property litigation, and transportation law/trucking defense.

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Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1996
  • Tennessee, 1989
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (Memphis), 2020
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2013-2021
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2006-2008, 2011-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®- Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • The Legal 500 U.S.
    • Recognized in the editorial for nationwide Dispute Resolution: Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices – Defense, 2019.
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation

Education & Honors

  • University of Louisville, J.D., 1989
    • Member, Journal of Family Law
  • University of Kentucky, B.B.A., Finance, 1986


  • In re: Propecia (Finasteride) Product Liability Litigation, (12-MD-2331 (JG)(VVP)), U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, Lead Defense Liaison Counsel.
  • In re Propecia® Litigation, (Case No. 623, Civil Action), Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Middlesex County, Lead Defense Liaison Counsel.
  • In re: Topamax Litigation, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Powell v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., No. 02251, Lead Trial Counsel.
  • Betterton v. Evans, et al., (2:02-CV-318-PB) Northern District, Mississippi, Lead trial counsel, medical malpractice/wrongful death claim arising from pacemaker implantation; successfully obtained defense verdict.
  • North American Electric v. Western Electric Pacific, Ltd., (2:01-CV-00175-EMB) U.S. District Court, Northern District, Mississippi, Lead trial counsel, breach of contract.
  • Johnny’s Fine Foods, Inc. v. Johnny’s Inc., 286 F.Supp.2d 876, 68 U.S.P.Q. 2d1505 (M.D. 2003), Lead trial counsel, trademark infringement.
  • Caldwell v. Mentor Corporation, et al., Circuit Court, Memphis, Tennessee, Lead trial counsel, products liability – medical device.
  • Matlock v. Hester, State Court, Memphis, Tennessee,  Lead trial counsel, automobile accident.
  • Assisted the trial team in the following cases:
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications