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


  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®- Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2013-2018
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2006-2008, 2011-2017
  • 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

  • Author, ​“2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure:  What You Need to Know,” Pro Te Solutio, Fall 2015.
  • Author, "Changes to the Federal Removal Statutes—Questions Still Remain," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 5 No. 3, 7-11 (August 2012).
  • Speaker, "Direct Examination of Expert Pharmacologist," ACI Drug & Medical Device on Trial Seminar, Summer 2009.
  • Speaker, "Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence Update and Proposed State Rules for E-Discovery," E-Discovery and New Rules for Civil Procedure, Tennessee Bar Association, February 2008.
  • Co-Author, "Fighting the Counterfeit Drug Industry," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 3 No. 2, 6-11 (May 2010).