​Meade concentrates his practice on product liability, pharmaceutical, toxic tort, environmental, and transportation litigation. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and recognized in Best Lawyers in America® in Product Liability and Super Lawyers® in Class Action/Mass Tort.  Meade represents clients in litigation throughout the United States and previously served as the Practice Group Leader for the Product Liability, Toxic Tort and Environmental group.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1993
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Board of Directors, Board Member, 2009, 2012-Present
  • Leadership Greater Jackson, Graduate, 2001
  • Leadership Greater Jackson, Alumni Association, President, 2004-2005
  • Jackson Rotary Club

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2011-2019
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Class Action/Mass Torts, 2007-2017
    • Top 50: Mississippi Super Lawyers, 2012, 2014-2015
  • Lifetime Achievement Selection, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, 2016
  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Mississippi, Mississippi Bar, 2003-2004
  • Graduate, American Bar Association, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Leadership Academy, 2007
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Top 40 Under 40, Mississippi Business Journal, 2004
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Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 1993
  • Fed. Clerkship, Judge Tom S. Lee, 1993-1994
  • University of Mississippi, B.Accy., cum laude, 1990
    • Associate Editor - Comments, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Phi Kappa Phi, Academic Honorary

Experience

  • Defends a variety of product liability disputes for a number of manufacturers and distributors, which has included service as national/regional counsel.  Defends numerous defendants named in toxic tort suits, including talc, asbestos, silica, and chemical exposure suits.
  • Represents variety of industrial machinery and component manufacturers and consumer product manufacturers and sellers.
  • Defends cases involving trucking companies. Represents a variety of different trucking companies involved in over the road accidents. 
  • Handles complex fire, explosion, and premises liability disputes.  Represents companies in the energy industry and defends environmental litigation.
  • Litigates insurance coverage disputes, including insurance declaratory judgment matters and the defense of bad faith claims. 
  • Pine Belt Regional Waste Management Authority v. Jones County Property Owners, Jones County Chancery Court, 1995; Sims v. Sims, Rankin County Chancery Court, 1998; National School Services, Inc. v. Crossroad Consulting, Inc., et al., Hinds County Chancery Court, 1999; Taggert, et al. v. Ryder Truck Rental, Inc., Smith County Circuit Court, 2000; T. James Anderson, Jr. v. State of MS, et al., Southern District of Mississippi, 2004; Wansley v. Speed Corp., 900 So.2d 1167 (Miss. 2005); 3M Co. v. Glass, 917 So.2d 90 (Miss. 2005); King v. Correction Corporation of America, et. al, Northern District of Mississippi, 2008; and Jones v. Hillcraft Furniture, Inc., et. al., Hinds County Circuit Court, 2008; Wilkins v. Wiley Sanders, et. al, Bolivar County Circuit Court, 2010; Mynick, et. Al. v. Enviro, Inc.; Jones County Circuit Court, 2011.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “Defending TBI and CRPS Cases,” The Brief, Vol. 47 (2017).
  • Presenter, "Deposition Basics," Mississippi Bar Center, Jackson, MS, 2015 and 2017 (CLE Presentation).
  • Presenter, "Handling and Defending the High Exposure/Subjective Complaint Case," 2017 ABA Transportation MegaConference (CLE Presentation).
  • Presenter, "Cars and Trucks of the (Not So Distant) Future, and the Litigation to Follow," ABA Automotive, Products Liability and Commercial Transportation Webinar (2016) (CLE Presentation).
  • Author, "Depositions Basics," The Mississippi Lawyer, Fall 2015.
  • Presenter, "Deposition Basics," CLE Presentation, Mississippi Bar Center, Jackson, MS, 2015.
  •  Author, "Cars & Trucks of the Future (Plus Litigation to Follow)," ABA/TIPS Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee Newsletter, Summer 2015.
  • Author, "Driving Innovations and Investigation Technology," 2015 ABA Transportation Megaconference (CLE Presentation).
  • Book Editor/ Contributing Author, "Damages: A State by State Summary," American Bar Association, 2014.
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