As a member of the Products, Catastrophic and Industrial Litigation Group, Margaret focuses her practice on drug and device litigation, general litigation and product liability litigation.

Biography – View PDF Bio

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2012
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
  • Admitted pro hac vice in Tennessee and Texas

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Ones to Watch, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, 2021-2022
    • Ones to Watch, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2021-2022
  • Board of Directors, New Stage Theater

Education & Honors

  • Mississippi College, J.D., summa cum laude, 2012
  • University of Mississippi, B.S., Business Administration, 2007
    • Chancellor’s Honor Roll
    • Dean’s Honor Roll
    • University of Mississippi Alumni Scholarship
    • President, Order of Omega
    • Executive Vice President, National Society of Collegiate Scholars
    • Beta Gamma Sigma
    • Alpha Lambda Delta

Experience

  • Specializes in incident response with emphasis on evidence collection and preservation.
  • National representation of highway product manufacturer in product liability and personal injury claims.
  • National representation of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in national mass tort litigation related to pelvic mesh.
  • Assisted various clients, including churches and summer camps, in pre-litigation investigations into alleged sexual misconduct as well as served as defense counsel for sexual misconduct claims that resulted in litigation.
  • Brady v. Prentiss County School District, et al., Circuit Court of Prentiss County, Mississippi (trial defense verdict).
  • Russell v. FCA US LLC, United States District Court Southern District of Mississippi, Northern Division (putative class action dismissed on early motion).
  • Vann v. City of Southaven, Mississippi, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (amicus brief in support of appellants on the legal standard under the 4th Amendment for use of deadly force for suspects fleeing in a motor vehicle, which led to the Fifth Circuit panel granting a motion for rehearing, withdrawing a prior unfavorable opinion, and substituting for a new opinion).
  • Young v. City of Richland, Mississippi, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division (civil rights violation claim dismissed on early motion).
  • Amy Adams and Charles Adams v. Energizer Holdings, Inc., et al., United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division (product liability claim dismissed on early motion).
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “50 State Survey of Design Defect Requirements,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 11 No. 4, 2018.
  • Author, “When in Doubt, Assert a Rule 403,” Practice Pointer, Jackson Young Lawyers May 2018 Newsletter, May 2018. 
  • ​Co-Author, “Does Spoliation Spoil a Product Liability Claim? Analyzing and Defending Product Liability Claims of the Product-less Claimant,” IADC, Product Liability Committee Newsletter, December 2017.
  • Co-Author, “Guilty by Association? Keeping Premises Owners Safe from Liability for Criminal Acts of Third Parties: Assignment of Fault to the Real Culprit,” The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 41, Number 1, Spring 2017.
  • Co-Author, “Is It Time to Erase Chalkboard Damages?” DRI, Strictly Speaking, The Newsletter of the Product Liability Committee, Volume 13, Issue 4, December 2, 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Guilty by Association? Keeping Premises Owners Safe from Liability for Criminal Acts of Third Parties,” The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 40, Number 4, Winter 2016.
  • Co-Author, “The Phantom of the Chalkboard – The Collateral Source Rule and ‘Billed’ versus ‘Paid’ Medical Bills,” The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 38, Number 3, Fall 2014.
  • ​Co-Author, "An Overview of the Legal Standard Regarding Product Liability Design Defect Claims and a Fifty State Survey on the Applicable Law in Each Jurisdiction," IADC Product Liability Committee Newsletter, September 2014.
  • Co-Author, "Survey of Design Defect Requirements," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 7 No. 2, 15-23, June 2014.