Keishunna is a member of the Tort Transportation and Specialized Litigation practice group and has more than 14 years of litigation experience. Her experience spans the breadth of defending commercial trucking and transportation companies resulting in the full range of complex personal injury, including catastrophic injury, brain injury, and wrongful death cases, to defending landowners in a wide variety of premises liability cases, running the gamut from simple slip and falls to negligent security cases involving violent crimes, to defending insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation. Her practice includes handling all aspects of litigation, including taking and defending depositions, engaging in motion practice, and trying cases. Keishunna has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Mid-South Rising Star” for her work in personal injury defense. 

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2007
  • California, 2007
  • U.S. District Courts
    • California: Central, Southern
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 9th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Leadership in Law, Mississippi Business Journal, 2019
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Rising Star, General Litigation, 2013-2017
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Black Lawyers, 2017
  • Leadership Greater Jackson, 2013-2014

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 2006
    • Mississippi Law Journal
    • Journal of Space Law
    • Moot Court Board
  • Jackson State University, M.P.P., 2000
  • Belhaven University, B.A., English, with honors, 1997

Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of apartment complex and its management company in premises liability case. Plaintiff alleged negligent security and failure to maintain the property in a reasonable condition after she was shot by an unknown assailant inside of her apartment. Finding no genuine issue of material fact with regards to foreseeability of a third-party criminal act or that an atmosphere of violence existed at the complex at the time of the shooting, the court granted summary judgment.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the largest operator of travel centers in North America in a personal injury case. Plaintiff alleged personal injury after alleged exposure to a toxic chemical on defendant’s property. Plaintiff failed to timely designate expert witnesses. Defendant moved for summary judgment on the grounds that Plaintiff could not establish medical causation without damages experts. The court agreed and precluded plaintiff from offering expert testimony in opposition to summary judgment and dismissed the case. 
  • Defended one of the largest trucking companies in North America against a personal injury lawsuit following a side-impact collision. After extensive fact development and motion practice, we settled plaintiff’s nearly $500,000 claim for $7,500.  
  • Defended trucking company in a personal injury and property damage action involving a collision with tractor trailer owner/operator. The negligence claim was based on the allegation that the defendant driver failed to yield the right of way. With the use of expert testimony and dash camera evidence, the case settled for less than 50% of plaintiff’s settlement demand. With regards to the property (cargo) damage claims, in collaboration from our client, we took a strong stance at mediation, such that a settlement agreement was reached in which a third-party property damage claimant paid our client 30% percent of its claimed property damage. 
  • Defended trucking company against a personal injury matter, where the plaintiff claims he made a left turn on a green light and the defendant drove his truck through a red light at an intersection and struck his vehicle. Through extensive fact development and aggressive depositions and motion practice, the case settled for less than 50% of plaintiff’s claimed medical bills. 
  • Defended product manufacturer of clearing solution in a personal injury case. As a result of intense discovery and taking a strong stance in settlement discussions, the case settled for less than 10% of plaintiff’s settlement demand.   
  • Defended national manufacturers of motor vehicles and construction equipment in cases pending in California state and federal courts. 
  • Assisted trial team in obtaining favorable settlement on behalf of an insurance company involving claims of negligence and negligent hiring on the second day of trial. 
  • Obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a franchise-business owner and employee involved in a motor vehicle accident where the claimed damages exceeded $10 million. 
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Speaker, “One Size Does Not Fit All: Thriving in an Alternative Work Arrangement,” Capital Area Bar Association, February 25, 2021.
  • Presenter, “Profiting from Gender Diversity,” The Harmonie Group, Women of Harmonie Webinar, November 19, 2020.
  • Moderator, “Women Lawyers in Leadership,” Mississippi Women Lawyers Association’s Annual Day of Leadership, September 16, 2020.
  • Speaker, “Construction, Next-Gen & Transportation Seminar: The Race for Autonomous Vehicles - Are We There Yet?,” Chicago, IL, The Harmonie Group, July 18, 2019.
  • Speaker, “The Race for Autonomous Vehicles - Are We There Yet?,” NW Arkansas Transportation Seminar, The Harmonie Group, June 12, 2019.
  • Presenter, “Legislative, Case Law and Regulatory Trends and Developments,” National Business Institute Personal Injury 101, May 14, 2019.
  • Presenter, “Personal Injury 101: Medical Records in Case Law,” National Business Institute, May 14, 2019.
  • Moderator, “The Value of Diversity and Inclusion: A Conversation with the Bench and Bar,” Capital Area Bar Association, April 24, 2019.
  • Presenter, “Collateral Sources, Experts and More: Discovery and Evidence Snags,” Advanced Auto Litigation Seminar, National Business Institutes, July 2018.
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