Meade concentrates his practice on product liability, pharmaceutical, toxic tort, environmental, and transportation litigation. He is AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and recognized in Best Lawyers in America® and Who’s Who Legal 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 Products, Catastrophic & Industrial Litigation group.

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Meade defends a variety of product liability disputes for manufacturers and distributors, including serving as national/regional counsel.  He defends toxic tort suits, including talc, asbestos, silica, and chemical exposure suits and represents industrial machinery and component manufacturers and consumer product manufacturers and sellers. He also defends cases involving trucking companies and represents trucking companies involved in over the road accidents.  Further, he defends companies involved in consumer protection suits and has extensive experience defending complex fire, explosion, and premises liability disputes as well as representing companies in the energy industry. Additionally, he litigates insurance coverage disputes, including insurance declaratory judgment matters and the defense of bad faith claims.

Meade is involved in a variety of professional and community organizations.  He previously chaired the Litigation Section of the Mississippi Bar and was the elected President of both the Capital Area Bar Association and Jackson Young Lawyers. He is active in the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, where he serves as an officer, and has served on the governing Council, as chair of Content Management Committee, Commercial Transportation Committee, Book Publishing Board, Membership Committee, and as vice-chair of the Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee. He also serves as Butler Snow’s representative to the Lex Mundi Legal Network. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Mississippi Bar Foundation and a Bencher of the American Inns of Court, Charles Clark Chapter.  Meade previously served on the Board of Directors of Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, as President of Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni Association, and as a fundraiser chair and civic club president.

Associations

Bar Admissions

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

Civic Involvement

  • Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Board of Directors, Board Member, 2009, 2012-2018
  • Leadership Greater Jackson, Graduate, 2001
  • Leadership Greater Jackson, Alumni Association, President, 2004-2005
  • Community Leadership Association, Distinguished Leadership Award, 2005
  • Mississippi Arthritis Foundation, Jammin for Joints Fundraiser, Past Co-Chair
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Lamar Order
  • Jackson Exchange Club, Past President
  • Mississippi Museum of Art
  • Jackson Rotary Club

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2011-2022
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Class Action/Mass Torts, 2007-2021
    • Top 50: Mississippi Super Lawyers, 2012, 2014-2015, 2019-2020
  • Who's Who Legal, Product Liability Defence, 2017-2021
  • Lifetime Achievement Selection, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®
  • Charles Clark American Inn of Court, 1998-2000, 2021-Present
  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Mississippi, Mississippi Bar, 2003-2004
  • Graduate, American Bar Association, TIPS Leadership Academy, 2007
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Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 1993
    • Associate Editor - Comments, Mississippi Law Journal
    • Phi Kappa Phi, Academic Honorary
  • University of Mississippi, B.Accy., cum laude, 1990
    • Inductee, Student Hall of Fame
    • Omicron Delta Kappa, Leadership Honorary
    • Mortar Board, Academic and Leadership Honorary
  • Clerkship, Federal Judge Tom S. Lee, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, 1993-1994

Experience

  • 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. Yamaha, 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; Jones v. Hillcraft Furniture, Inc., et. al., Hinds County Circuit Court, 2008; Wilkins v. Wiley Sanders, et. al, Bolivar County Circuit Court, 2010; Myrick, et. Al. v. Enviro, Inc.; Jones County Circuit Court, 2011; Goudreault v. Chevron, USA; Jackson County Circuit Court (2019); Johnson & Johnson, et. al. v. MS Attorney General v., 315 So. 3d 1017 (Miss. 2021); MS Attorney General v. Daiichi, et. al., Hinds County Chancery Court (2019); Boteler v. Pleko Southeast Corporation, et. al., 2006 WL 1364387 (S.D. Miss. 2006); Cook v. PPG Industries, et. al., 2014 WL 4626492 (S.D. Miss 2014); Beir v. Sydran Food Services, 2005 WL 8163267 (N.D. Miss. 2005); Hinton v. Dick’s Sporting Goods, et. al., 2013 WL 6384601 (S.D. Miss. 2013); Perry v. Clear Channel Broadcasting, 2008 WL 190573 (S.D. Miss. 2008).

In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-Author, “Who’s on First: The FDA or the FTC?” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 12 No. 1, March 2019.
  • 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, "Deposition Basics," The Mississippi Lawyer, Fall 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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