Chip is a member of Butler Snow’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices & Healthcare Group, where he focuses his practice on health-related matters, including representation of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in multidistrict litigations and consolidated state proceedings and individual cases in state and federal courts. He regularly deposes treating physicians and expert witnesses and has worked extensively with experts and company witnesses in complex cases. Chip also has experience in strategy development and managing teams as national coordinating counsel and in negotiating and structuring settlements for mass torts. Chip’s trial experience includes first-chair work as well as playing a trial support role for lead counsel in various cases. In addition to his product liability work, Chip has experience representing clients in class actions, commercial disputes, medical professional liability cases, personal injury suits, intellectual property litigation, and transportation law/trucking defense. Chip is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1996
  • Tennessee, 1989
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 2nd Circuit
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (Memphis), 2020
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2013-2022
  • 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

Experience

  • 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.
  • Statin/Cholesterol Lowering Medication Litigation, national defense counsel for multiple one-off claims involving injuries allegedly arising from use of statin/cholesterol medications.
  • In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Prods. Liability Lit., Coordinated Proceedings: Superior Ct. of CA, County of San Francisco, J.C.C.P No. 4863 (individual case work-up)
  • In re: Topamax Litigation, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Powell v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., No. 02251, Lead Trial Counsel. 
  • In re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2545, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (individual case work-up in multiple jurisdictions). 
  • In re: Prempro Products Liability Litigation (Hormone Replacement Therapy, MDL No. 1507 (4:03-cv-1507-BRW), U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas (including several actions in federal court in Mississippi.)
  • In re: Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Prods. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 1407, U.S. District of Washington (including several actions in federal court in Mississippi.)
  • Betterton v. Evans, et al., (2:02-CV-318-PB) Northern District, Mississippi, medical malpractice/wrongful death claim arising from pacemaker implantation; successfully obtained defense verdict.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications