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  • Practice Group Leader, Product Liability, Toxic Tort and Environmental Group
Trey serves as Practice Group Leader for the Product Liability, Toxic Tort and Environmental Group. His current practice is focused on defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in cases pending in various state and federal venues throughout the country.  He also has experience representing clients in the areas of recreational vehicles, watercraft, automatic doors, automobiles, home appliances, industrial machinery, children’s toys, and natural gas pipelines.  

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2000
  • Tennessee, 2013
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • New York: Northern
    • Tennessee: Middle, Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2017-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2013-2018
    • Mid-South Rising Star, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2009-2010
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • Member of the team selected as nationwide Product Liability Firm of the Year, 2018
  • 2017 Yancey Memorial Award, awarded to the best article in IADC’s Defense Counsel Journal
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Top 40 Under 40, Mississippi Business Journal, 2008
  • Graduate, Leadership Jackson, 2003-2004
  • J.B. Carr Community Service Award

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 2000
    • Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi Law Journal
  • Mississippi State University, M.A., English, 1997
    • Associate Editor, The Mississippi Quarterly
  • Baylor University, B.A., Journalism and English, 1993

Experience

  • Represents clients in areas of recreational vehicles, watercraft, automatic doors, automobiles, firearms, home appliances, industrial machinery, children’s toys and natural gas pipelines.
  • Significant Trials
  • Miss. Farm Bureau Cas. Ins. Co. v. CNH America, et al.:  Subrogation action (products liability and warranty) involving industrial cotton picker. Tried in United States District Court of Southern Mississippi.  (Trial Counsel) (2011).
  • Gulf South Pipeline Company LP v. Blanche Mari Downy Pitre, Eminent Domain action. Tried in the County Court of Warren County, Mississippi, Special Court of Eminent Domain (Trial Counsel) (2007).
  • Lloyd Richard Lovitt, et al. v. The Stanley Works, et al.: Product liability and premises liability action involving automatic door. Tried in U.S. District Court of Northern Mississippi.  (Trial Counsel) (2006).
  • Jimmy D. Houser v. Empire Truck Sales: Commercial and product liability action involving industrial machinery. Tried in the County Court of Rankin County, Mississippi.  (Trial Counsel) (2003).
  • Lionel M. Arnold v. Doug Sproat: Unlawful force action against prison warden. Tried in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.  (Trial Counsel) (2002).
  • Waren v. Nationwide Ins. Co.: Personal injury action involving car accident. Tried in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.  (Trial Counsel) (2002).
  • Blackwell Chevrolet v. LaDonna Harvey: Commercial action against purchaser of vehicle. Tried in the County Court of Hinds County.  (Trial Counsel) (2001).
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-Author, “Product Liability & Safety USA Trends and Developments,” 2019 Chambers Global Practice Guide, July 2019.  
  • ​Co-Author, “The Use of Computer-Generated Animations and Simulations at Trial,” 83 Def. Couns. J. 439 (2016) ​(winner of the 2017 Yancey Memorial Award).
  • Co-Author, Voir Dire section in IADC’s Defense Counsel Training Manual, Third Edition.
  • Speaker, “Why So Animated?  Pros and Cons of Using Animation and Videos in Product Liability Cases,” 2016 IADC Annual Meeting, Product Liability Committee, Bermuda.
  • Speaker, “Emerging Issues and Current Laws,” 2013 National Business Institute Seminar, Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Speaker, “Identifying the Type of Tort, Related Cause of Action, and Damages,” 2013 National Business Institute Seminar, Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Author, “Why Expansion of Commerce and Trade Does Not Expand the Reach of the Courts: In Personam Jurisdiction and Stream-of-Commerce Theory,” For The Defense, November 2011.
  • Speaker, “Product Liability Law Update: Lawson, McIntyre, and Goodyear,” 2011 Bulldog Lawyer CLE, Mississippi State University.
  • Speaker, “Electronic Evidence: The New Spoliation Frontier?” 2011 Harmonie Group Product Liability Seminar, Chicago, IL.
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