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Jackson H. Ables, III

Senior Counsel Emeritus

Practice Areas


  • Mississippi
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • All Mississippi State Courts
  • Tribal Courts of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians


B.A., English, History, Political Science, Naval Science University of Mississippi, 1969

United States Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island

J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law, 1975

Jack Ables has litigated cases in seven states, including cases involving large loss insurance fraud, securities fraud, antitrust and R.I.C.O. violations, a gas well blow-out, print media and motion picture defamations, commerce between the United States and a foreign government, mass tort and natural disaster insurance coverage disputes, and numerous industrial and consumer products. Jack was involved in preventing illegal statistical sampling to influence the decennial U.S. census of 2000.  His defense of a libel action over Orion’s “Mississippi Burning” led to the reopening of the investigation of the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers and to the conviction of Evers' murderer in 1994. Jack has been recognized continuously since 2007 in three of Marquis Publications’ directories:  Who’s Who In the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Law.  He serves clients in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.  He serves on the National Steering Committees for ALFA International’s Commercial Litigation, Insurance and Product Liability Practice Groups and served for several years as Editor of the Products Liability Practice Group’s national publication.

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

Defense Research Institute

Energy Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

International Association of Defense Counsel

The Mississippi Bar Association

Mississippi Bar Foundation

Southeastern Legal Foundation

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America®

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

2011 Mississippi Business Journal Leadership in Law Recipient

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent® Rated

Mississippi Law Journal, Associate Editor

Jackson Contact for ALFA International, The Global Legal Network

Magister, Phi Delta Phi Chairman, Committee of the Young Lawyers' Section, Mississippi Bar Association on The Effect of the Proposed Rules of Civil Procedure on Existing   Substantive Law, 1981–1983

Mississippi Law Institute, 33rd, 34th, 35th and 36th

Top Rated Lawyer - Personal Injury Defense


“A Handbook of Mississippi Environmental Law," Government Institutes Press, (With Larry D. Moffett, Esq.)

“Katrina - Who Pays For What in Mississippi? An Update on Current Litigation and Coverage Law Review," ALFA International Publications, 2005

“Spoliation of Evidence in Mississippi," DRI Compendium, 2006

“Product Liability Law," ALFA International Compendia, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

“A Fifty-State Reference to Property and Casualty Insurance Claims and Litigation,” Mississippi Section, ALFA International Compendia

“A Multi-State Compendium of Health, Life and Accident Insurance Claims and Litigation," ALFA International Compendia, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, Mississippi Section

Co-Editor in Chief, ALFA International’s Product Liability Newsletter

Community/Civic Activities

Military Service

Lieutenant, United States Navy, Administrative and Legal Officer, Twentieth Naval Construction, Regiment, United States Atlantic Fleet, 1969-1972