La'Verne practices within Butler Snow’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Litigation Group and serves as the Chair of the firm’s Inclusivity Committee. She is experienced in defending cases involving product liability, medical negligence, premises liability, bad faith insurance, employment disputes and legal malpractice.

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La’Verne has tried numerous cases to verdict in Mississippi and other states. In 2019, she obtained a defense verdict following a pelvic mesh trial in Pennsylvania. See “J&J Dodges Pelvic Mesh Claims In Philadelphia Trial,” Law360, April 17, 2019. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and an Associate and member of the Executive Committee of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). She has served on the faculties of ABOTA’s Masters in Trial program and ABOTA and ABA trial academies.

She has received numerous honors and recognition for her expertise. She is recognized by Chambers USA in 2020-2021 and has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Mass Torts/Class Actions since 2016. Additional recent recognition includes Capital Area Bar Association’s Professionalism Award in 2021, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, Mississippi College School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Lawyer of the Year in 2018. In addition to her professional involvement and recognition, La’Verne serves on numerous community boards and committees including the Board of Trustees of Mississippi College, Origin Bancorp, Inc.’s Board, the Magnolia Speech School Board, Baptist Hospital Board of Regents, and the Greater Jackson Chamber Board.

She obtained her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law and B.S. from Alcorn State University. She is admitted to practice in Mississippi and Tennessee.

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1996
  • Tennessee, 2018

Civic Involvement

  • Origin Bancorp Board
  • Baptist Hospital Board of Regents
  • Greater Jackson Chamber Board
  • Magnolia Speech School Board
  • Mississippi College
    • Board of Trustees, 1999 – present
    • Search Committee, President of Mississippi College, 2017-2018

Distinctions

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Barrister, International Society of Barristers
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Board Member
    • Masters in Trial Program
      • Faculty
  • Bencher, American Inns of Court, 2000 – present
  • Leadership Jackson
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Local Litigation Star, 2021
  • The Legal 500 US
    • Recognized in the editorial for nationwide Dispute Resolution: Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices – Defense, 2019.
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Litigation: General Commercial – Mississippi, 2020-2021
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Education & Honors

  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Alcorn State University, B.S., 1988

Experience

  • Representative Matters
    • Krolikowski v. Ethicon Inc.: Trial Counsel in a pelvic mesh case in Pennsylvania – defense verdict in April 2019. “J&J Dodges Pelvic Mesh Claims In Philadelphia Trial,” Law360, April 17, 2019
    • Obtained numerous defense jury verdicts in state and federal court where plaintiffs alleged injuries and/or death of nursing home residents due to nursing home abuse and neglect.
    • Obtained a defense verdict in a legal services fraud case.
    • Obtained the voluntary dismissal of a premises liability case involving a shooting on the premises of a restaurant chain.
    • Obtained a favorable settlement in a suit alleging inadequate security which led to customer’s stabbing and ultimate death at major restaurant chain.
    • Obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial alleging inadequate security which led to customer’s shooting at major restaurant chain.
    • Obtained favorable resolutions of uninsured/underinsured bad faith claims on behalf of a national insurance company.
    • Obtained favorable resolutions for multi-family housing complexes accused of providing inadequate security and maintenance which led to assault, rape and/or other injury to residents.
    • Obtained a defense verdict in a federal court jury trial alleging bad faith insurance coverage.
    • Secured the summary judgment dismissal of a bad faith insurance coverage dispute in state court.
    • Obtained a favorable ruling from the Mississippi Court of Appeals affirming the dismissal of claims of compensatory punitive damages in a bad faith home insurance case.
    • Obtained a favorable jury verdict in a state trial alleging medical negligence and false imprisonment, with the decision ultimately upheld by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Speaker, "Balancing the Scales: Leading Women Lawyers on Meeting the Challenges of the Legal Profession CLE," March 2018
  • Faculty, "Masters in Trial: A Trial Demonstration from Opening Statement through Jury Deliberation," American Board of Trial Advocates, Masters in Trial program, Des Moines, Iowa, May 2017
  • Faculty, TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy, American Bar Association, Reno, Nevada,  March 25-29, 2017
  • Speaker, "Getting it Right the First Time: Learning from Today's Top Verdicts and Settlements," ACI Long Term Care & Risk Management Seminar, Miami, Florida,  January 2017
  • Speaker, "The Fightin' Side of Me: Trial Tactics," November 2016
  • Speaker, "Lessons Learned from the Front Line," Long Term Care Symposium, Nashville, Tennessee, November 2014
  • Speaker, "Motivation, Willingness to Serve and Leadership," Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, September 2011
  • Speaker, "Bridge the Gap Seminar," Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar Association, July 2011
  • Speaker, "Taking It to the People," Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, Desoto County Civic Center, Southaven, Mississippi, June 2011
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