Paul Cassisa is a seasoned product liability attorney who has been lead trial counsel for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer and a major automotive manufacturer.  Paul has tried many lawsuits in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®, which selected him as Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants in 2013, and Mid-South Super Lawyers®. He is AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. ​

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1986
  • Louisiana, 1985
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • Louisiana: Western, Middle, Eastern
    • Tennessee: Western
    • Florida: Northern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2013-2019
    • Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2013
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2012-2018
    • Top 50: Memphis Super Lawyers, 2013
    • Top 50: Mississippi Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Member of the team selected as nationwide Product Liability Firm of the Year, 2018

Education & Honors

  • Louisiana State University, M.J., 1991
  • Loyola University, J.D., cum laude, 1985
    • Loyola Law Review
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., Journalism, cum laude, 1982

Experience

  • Lead counsel for General Motors in numerous automotive products liability cases, including trials in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.
  • Trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in pharmaceutical products liability cases.
  • Automotive products liability trials for Mazda and Nissan.
  • Forklift products liability trials for Clark and Linde.
  • Federal and state court appeals in Mississippi and Louisiana.
  • Yeager v. Southern Cardiovascular, PLLC, Circuit Court, Lafayette County, Mississippi (October, 2017) –Trial.
  • Caravella v General Motors LLC – 34th Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Bernard, Louisiana (August, 2017) – Summary Judgment.
  • ​Bindom v McNeil, Civil District Court, Orleans Parish, Louisiana (June-July, 2016) -Trial.
  • Broome v General Motors LLC – County Court, Jackson County, Mississippi (July, 2015) - Trial.
  • More...

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, (Tailoring Your Experiences, Resume and CV to Fit the Job): University of Mississippi Black Law Student Association Professional Symposium, Oxford, MS, October 27, 2018.
  • Co-Author of Mississippi Section of DRI’s Products Liability Defenses, A State-by-State Compendium, 2014 and 2017.
  • Presenter, (Opening Statements), "Trial Tactics," DRI in Miami FL, March 13, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Insight into Effective Trial Techniques," Sirote & Permutt CLE in Birmingham, Ala., December 2009.