Paul Cassisa is a seasoned product liability attorney who has been lead trial counsel in many cases for major manufacturers. Paul has tried many lawsuits in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is rated AV®-Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell; was selected as Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants in 2020; and is recognized as one of the Mid-South Super Lawyers®.

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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, 2013-2020
    • Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2013, 2020
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2012-2019
    • 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 trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson, Janssen, McNeil and Ethicon in pharmaceutical and medical device products liability cases.
  • Lead trial counsel for General Motors, Mazda and Nissan in automotive products liability cases.
  • Trial counsel for Linde and Clark Equipment in forklift products liability cases.
  • Federal and state court appeals in Mississippi and Louisiana.
  • Salinero v. Ethicon, USDC for the Southern District of Florida (January, 2020) – Trial.
  • Samuels v. Sinha, Chancery Court, Lafayette County, Mississippi (October, 2019) – Trial.
  • Yeager v. Southern Cardiovascular, PLLC, Circuit Court, Lafayette County, Mississippi (October, 2017) – Trial.
  • ​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.