Rebecca is a member of Butler Snow’s litigation department and practices within the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare group. Rebecca is an experienced trial attorney who now focuses her practice on pharmaceutical product liability litigation.  She has tried over 40 cases to jury verdicts in state and federal courts in Mississippi.  She has served on teams successfully defending the manufacturers of prescription and over-the-counter products from discovery through the appellate process.  As a result of her work deposing sensitive witnesses, she is a frequent trainer for deposition practice and jury decision-making.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1985
  • North Carolina, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 11th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Wake Forest University Divinity School
    • Board of Visitors
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
    • Governing Board
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi
    • Founder
    • Executive Committee
  • Mississippi Economic Council
    • Board of Directors
    • Treasurer

Distinctions

  • Mississippi Business Journal, 50 Leading Business Women, 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2016-2018
    • Local Litigation Star, 2017
  • Jackson Legal Secretaries Association
    • Boss of the Year, 1989-1990
  • Mississippi Bar
    • Lawyer Citizenship Award, 2012
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Products: Defense, 2014-2018
  • PORTICO Legacy Lawyers, Class of 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Appellate Practice; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2014-2019
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association
    • Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, 2016
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Education & Honors

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Wake Forest University, Politics, 1979
  • Clerkship, Honorable Paul H. Roney, United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Experience

  • Rebecca’s practice is now focused on pharmaceutical mass tort defense.  She has worked in every phase of litigation from document retention and review, preparation of company witnesses and sales representatives, expert witness development, motion practice, plaintiff and treating physician depositions, strategic planning, mock trials, and settlement negotiations, trial team and appellate advocacy.
  • Her courtroom experience also includes consumer finance litigation, trust management disputes, protection of permits for new manufacturing and wastewater treatment plants, and medical malpractice claims.
  • Rebecca draws upon her 40-plus jury verdicts to inform both clients and seminar audiences on trial strategy and jury decision-making.  Her work in the courtroom and as an appellate advocate resulted in her appointment to two Merit Selection Panels for U.S. Magistrate positions.  Her questioning style and listening skills have led to assignments as an internal investigator, executive search committee member, performance evaluator and now as a mediator trained by the American Arbitration Association. 
  • Rebecca previously served as Chair of the Litigation Section of The Mississippi Bar and served two terms as Commissioner of The Mississippi Bar. She is a Bencher in the Charles Clark Inn of Court and was recognized as the 2016 Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association.  She is the author of the professionalism orientation materials used by both Mississippi law schools.  She was named one of Mississippi’s Leading Businesswomen by the Mississippi Business Journal and Portico Jackson Magazine recognized her as a Legacy Lawyer. 

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Speaker, “Insights from Women Lawyer Trailblazers,” 2019 Evelyn Gandy Seminar, Mississippi State Bar.
  • Speaker, “Health Care Law Update, Mississippi State Bar, May 2017.
  • Speaker, “Anatomy of a Malpractice Trial,” American Bar Association Webinar, August 2016.
  • Speaker, “Habitat Women Build,” WLEZ Radio, April 1, 2015; WLBT TV, April 7, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Moving Forward: Using the Political Process," with J. Nash, A. Taggart, B. Jones and R. Staples, MS Nurses Association Statewide Nursing Summit, January 27, 2015.
  • Presenter, "Mediation: For the Defense," Mississippi State Bar, 2015 Evelyn Gandy Seminar.
  • Speaker, “Deposition Academy,” 2015, 2017 & 2018, Mississippi State Bar.
  • Presenter, “In Legal Terms: Jury Service," Mississippi Public Broadcasting, December 9, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Constitution Day,” Forest Hill High School A.P. Government Class, 2014-2016.
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