Jack is experienced in financial services litigation and commercial litigation matters. He has been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and recognized by both Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers in America®.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

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

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV® – Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2007-2017
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2012-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2013-2018
    • Litigation – Securities, 2018
  • Mississippi Business Journal
    • Top 40 Under 40, 2007
  • Two years of Public Accounting in Memphis, Tennessee 
  • Passed 1991 Certified Public Accountant Exam

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., summa cum laude, 1996
    • Business Manager, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Dean Robert J. Farley Award for graduating first in Class of 1996
  • University of Mississippi, B.S., Accounting, magna cum laude, 1991

Experience

  • Precision Spine, Inc. and Spinal USA, Inc. v. Zavation, LLC, et al., 3:15cv681-LG-RHW, In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.   Plaintiffs, a spinal medical device manufacturer and distributor, sued Zavation, a competing spinal medical device manufacturer, for misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition and tortious interference.  We defended Zavation, LLC and prosecuted its counterclaim for breach of contract, tortious interference and additional claims.  After all of the dispositive motion briefing was completed, Zavation was able to settle the matter on favorable terms. 
  • Delta Bay Medical, LLC, et al. v. Zimmer, Inc., et al., 3:11cv156-HTW-LRA, In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.  Former co-distributor sued for breach of contract, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty and other claims seeking over $8 million.  We defended the claims against Zimmer and prosecuted its counterclaims for over $2 million.  The District Court granted Zimmer’s motions for summary judgment over plaintiffs’ claims, ECF Nos. 207 & 208 and denied plaintiffs’ motions for summary judgment over Zimmer’s claims.  ECF No. 212. Before trial, the parties settled, without Zimmer paying any money to plaintiffs.
  • Certain Borrowers v. Southern AgCredit ACA (SAC), G2014-198 S/2, in the Chancery Court for the First Judicial District of Hinds County, Mississippi.  Wealthy borrowers defaulted on a large loan governed by the Farm Credit Act and Farm Credit Administration regulations and rules.  Borrowers asserted violations of certain statutes and regulations in not granting a restructuring of the loans.  SAC countersued for the debt.  In discovery, SAC learned that the borrowers were mining dirt on the premises, to which we were successful in obtaining a preliminary injunction against borrowers.  Additionally, SAC later received summary judgment over all of Plaintiffs’ claims against SAC, and the Court entered a $5,247,123.77 judgment in SAC’s favor against borrowers.   The corporate borrower then filed Chapter 11 in Mississippi, to which we were successful in defeating Debtor’s preliminary injunction motion and successfully had the automatic stay lifted to allow SAC to proceed with foreclosing on the property.  The individual Debtors filed Chapter 11 in Florida to which SAC pursued and favorably resolved their claims in a global resolution with individual Debtors.   
  • Insurasource, Inc. v. Cowles & Connell of New York, Inc., 2011 WL 4397487 (S.D. Miss. 2011) (dismissing defendants for lack of personal jurisdiction), affirmed by, [after oral argument] 2012 WL 2093851 (5th Cir. 2012) ("appellees did not make any contracts with a resident of Mississippi, commit any torts in Mississippi, or otherwise do business in Mississippi").
  • Obtained a $3,101,506.37 jury award in federal court for a Mississippi fertilizer company in a contractor negligence suit with a 60/40% allocation of fault between general and subcontractor, which was affirmed on appeal by the Fifth Circuit see 402 Fed. Appx. 866, 2010 WL 4033992 (5th Cir. 2010), and obtained a $4,200,000 settlement with primary insurance carrier and a confidential settlement with excess carrier.
  • Obtained a defense judgment in a $3,500,000 adversary proceeding by Chapter 7 trustee arising from a massive check kiting fraud, whereby Bankruptcy Court found that bank had a duly perfected first priority lien under Article 4 of the UCC in the bounced checks which were satisfied by the covering wire transfers.  See Henderson v. Community Bank, Ellisville, Mississippi (In re Stinson Petroleum Co., Inc.), 2011 WL 4344190 (Bkrtcy. S.D. Miss. 2011), affirmed at 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37284 (S.D. Miss. Mar. 20, 2012) and, after oral argument, affirmed at 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 409 (5th Cir. Miss. Jan. 7, 2013).
  • Prosecuted a million dollar arbitration in Atlanta, Georgia against an international company located in the United Kingdom.
  • Prosecuted over a million dollars in deferred compensation claims against Chapter 11 bankruptcy debtor in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
  • Obtained jury award in Mississippi for landlord against former tenant for significant damages to facility and surrounding property, which was affirmed on appeal.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Lecturer, “Litigating Business Contracts” (NBI).
  • Lecturer, "When the Tenant Files Bankruptcy During Eviction" (Lorman).
  • Lecturer, "Bankruptcy Litigation and Objections to Confirmation in Chapter 11 Proceedings" (NBI).
  • Lecturer, Bridge the Gap Seminar (Young Lawyers Division of The Mississippi Bar and Young Lawyers Division).