​La'Verne is a member of Butler Snow’s litigation department and practices within the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Litigation Group. La'Verne has significant trial experience in state and federal courts in Mississippi and other states, and has tried to verdict numerous cases, including medical negligence, premises liability, products liability, bad faith insurance, employment disputes and legal malpractice.

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La’Verne has significant trial experience in state and federal courts and has tried numerous cases to verdict.  In addition to her trial practice, she is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. She is also a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has served on the faculty of that organization’s Masters in Trial program, where she has taught in Iowa, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Reno, Nevada.  She has also been on the faculty of trial academies for the American Bar Association and American Board of Trial Advocates.  She has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Mass Torts/Class Actions since 2016 and was chosen as Lawyer of the Year by Mississippi College School of Law in April 2018.  La’Verne is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Tennessee.

La’Verne serves on numerous boards and committees including the Board of Trustees of Mississippi College Mississippi Bar Foundation board; the Magnolia Speech School board; and the Greater Jackson Chamber board.

La’Verne was chosen as Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Mississippi Women Lawyers’ Association in 2011 and Mississippi College School of Law’s Young Lawyer of the Year for 2005-2006.  In 2007, La’Verne received recognition as One of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal.  In 2010, she received Outstanding Service Awards from the Capital Area Bar Association, the Magnolia Bar Association, and the Black Law Student Association.  She is a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.  In July 2012, she received the Mississippi Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award.  In November 2012, she was selected as one of Mississippi’s Fifty Leaders in the Law by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1996
  • Tennessee, 2018

Civic Involvement

  • 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
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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.

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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