Chris defends pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in mass tort and individual cases in various state and federal venues throughout the country. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a "Mid-South Rising Star" by Super Lawyers

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2008
  • Tennessee, 2008
  • Louisiana, 2011
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • Tennessee: Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®- Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Rising Star, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2011-2018
  • Intern, U.S. Attorney's Office, Memphis, TN, 2008
  • Summer Clerk, U.S. Army JAG Corps, Fort. Drum, NY, 2007

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 2008
    • Outstanding Student Award, Legal Profession (Ethics)
    • National Appellate Advocacy Team
    • American Inns of Court
  • University of Memphis, B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, magna cum laude, 2004
    • Captain, Mock Trial Team

Experience

  • Representation of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in mass tort and individual cases pending in various state and federal venues throughout the country.
  • Significant experience coordinating multi-tiered discovery in mass tort litigation.
  • Leads a team of attorneys responding to written discovery.
  • Leads a team of attorneys evaluating amendments or dismissals.
  • Representation of insurance carriers against complex, extra-contractual punitive damage claims.
  • First and second chair jury trial experience on the federal and state levels.
  • Flechas v. Pitts, 138 So. 3d 907 (Miss. 2014) (granting appeal for extraordinary relief and reversing trial court order to produce privileged attorney work product).
  • Allstate Property & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Pickett, 2014 WL 202758 (S.D. Miss. January 17, 2014) (granting summary judgment and holding that homeowner's insurance policy excluded intentional acts).
  • Great S. Realty Co., Inc. v. Allstate Indem. Co., 2013 WL 3006412 (S.D. Miss. June 14, 2013) (granting summary judgment in declaratory judgment lawsuit concerning destruction of house due to arson).
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Panelist, “E-Discovery and Data at Trial,” American Bar Association’s Regional CLE Program, North Wales, Pa., November 9, 2018.
  • Co-Author, "Jurisdictional Survey of Local Requirements Governing Class Actions: Louisiana," A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions, Published by the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2nd Edition, 2017.
  • Author, “Lone Pine Orders," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 9, No. 2, Summer 2016.
  • Author, "Creepy Cases and Spooky Statutes," The Quarterly, Fall 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Medical Devices: The Modern Age (Part 2)," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 7, No. 3, October 2014.
  • Co-Author, "Effective Strategies for Neutralizing the Adverse Prescribing or Treating Physician at Deposition and Trial," DRI's 30th Annual Drug and Device Seminar, May 2014.
  • Co-Author, "FDA Considers Changes to its OTC Drug Review, Potentially Affecting Over 300,000 Drug Products," ABA Section of Litigation Mass Torts Newsletter, April 30, 2014.
  • 2012 Desktop Legal Primer for Mississippi Claims
  • 2012 Mississippi Premises Liability Primer
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