Bob was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1981. He has represented only individuals and small businesses his entire career. Bob has tried more than seventy jury trials and dozens of bench trials. As a result of his experience and results in jury trials, Bob was invited to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates in which he holds the rank of Advocate. He has also been named a Top 100 Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers and a Top 25 Mass Tort lawyer by the same organization. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in the country and has been named a Mid-South Super Lawyer each year since 2011.
Experience Bob was appointed by the Court to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re Aredia and Zometa Products Liability Litigation (MDL-1760) and In re Fosamax Products Liability Litigation (MDL-1789). He tried four bellwether cases in MDL-1760, including the first three, one of which was named a Top Ten National Jury Verdict by Law360 (2009). These were the first bisphosphonate cases tried in the United States.
Bob is admitted to all courts in Mississippi. In addition, he is admitted to numerous federal courts around the country and has been admitted pro hac vice in dozens of others. In addition to Mississippi, Bob has tried jury cases in California, Montana, New Jersey, and North Carolina.
Education, Court Admissions and Honors
Education University of Mississippi
BBA (1979) University of Mississippi
J.D. (1981) – Member, Moot Court Board
Court Admissions Mississippi (1981) United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi (1981) United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (1982) United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida (2006) United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (2012) United States Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit (2014) United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit (1984) United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit (2014) United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit (2013)
Membership and Honors Law 360 Top Ten National Jury Verdict – Product Liability (2009) American Board of Trial Advocates – Advocate (2001-Present) Americas Top 100 High Stakes Litigators – Mississippi (2016-Present) National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Diplomat (2012-Present) National Trial Lawyers Top 25 Mass Tort Lawyers (2016-Present) Mid-South SuperLawyers (2011-Present) Mississippi Association of Justice (1981-Present) Martindale AV Rating