Phil is a seasoned litigator who focuses most of his practice on matters within the construction industry. A certified arbitrator, he has provided counsel to some of the country’s most well-known companies.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1979
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • I.C.C. International Court of Arbitration
  • Admitted pro hac vice in 16 states

Distinctions

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV® – Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 1998-2017
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Litigation: Construction – Mississippi, 2014-2016
    • Litigation: General Commercial – Mississippi, 2014-2016
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
    • Top 50: Mississippi, 2007-2012
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2008-2017
    • Litigation – Construction, 2011-2017
    • Litigation – Construction: Lawyer of the Year [Jackson, MS], 2016
  • Top Lawyers, Annual Guide To Commercial Litigation American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel
  • Instructor, National Trial Academy, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, 1978
    • Note Editor, Mississippi Law Journal
  • Mississippi State University, B.S., Engineering, 1972

Experience

  • Trial Counsel for Bridgestone-Firestone North America and Armstrong International for asbestos and silica litigation in Mississippi.
  • National Counsel for Figg Bridge Engineers.
  • Published Decisions
  • Upchurch Plumbing, Inc. v. Greenwood Utilities Com'n, 964 So.2d 1100 (Miss. 2007), Trial and Appellate Counsel.
  • Ronald Adams Contractor v. Mississippi Transportation Commission, 777 So. 2d 649 (Miss. 2000), Trial and Appellate Counsel.
  • Farrell Construction Company v. Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, 896 F. 2d 136 (5th Cir. 1990), Trial and Appellate Counsel.
  • Ronald Adams Contractor v. The United States, 2003 WL 459650 (Fed. Cir. 2003), Trial and Appellate Counsel.
  • Ables v. Ford Motor Company, 2006 WL 3431602 (5th Cir. 2006) and 2007 WL 273502 (Miss. 2007), Trial and Appellate Counsel
  • Michael Construction Company v. Florida Department of Transportation, (Leon County, Florida Circuit Court), Trial Counsel.
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