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Overview

Robert has trial experience in various practice areas but concentrates his practice in premises liability, professional liability, transportation, and hospitality law.  An accomplished trial lawyer, Robert has tried many jury cases, ranging from simple to complex, to verdict in both state and federal courts for over 30 years. Robert has attended mediation training at the Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and has a developing mediation practice.

Robert serves as Chair of the firm’s Hospitality practice group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Transportation practice group. He is a member of the Steering Committee of ALFA International’s Transportation practice group and has participated as a panel member and presentation moderator in ALFA’s Hospitality Law Seminars. He is also a member of the Mississippi Restaurant and Hospitality Association. Robert has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers and  Best Lawyers in America® for his experience and skills in insurance litigation and personal injury defense. Robert is AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. 

Professional Affiliations

  • ALFA International
    • Transportation Practice Group Steering Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Mississippi Restaurant and Hospitality Association

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2015 – Present
    • Litigation – Insurance
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent® Rated
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2011 – 2018

Honors & Awards Announcements

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • “Technology and the Truck,” ALFA International 2019 Transportation Seminar, Panel Participant
  • “Who’s on First? What’s on Second,”  ALFA International 2013 Hospitality Law Seminar, Panel Participant
  • “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Security Successes and Failures,” ALFA International 2012 Hospitality Law Seminar, Moderator
  • “Experts: Locating, Qualifying & Preparing Them,” Evidence in Trial Practice CLE, Barristers Educational Services, Speaker

Publications

  • Security Program Successes and Failures, Hotel News Now, July 10, 2013
  • Co-Editor for ALFA International Hospitality Law 2012 Compendium
  • Civil Rights – Attorney’s Fees – Prevailing Party in an Administrative Proceeding to Enforce Rights Protected by Title VI Cannot Recover Attorney’s Fees in an Independent Action Under Section 1988 Brought Solely to Recover Attorney’s Fees. 57 Miss. L.J. 203 (1987)

Notable Cases

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Reported Cases

  • Greene v. Greenwood Pub. Sch. Dist., 890 F.3d 240 (5th Cir. 2018)
  • Banks v. Brinker Mississippi, Inc., 146 So. 3d 388 (Miss. Ct. App. 2014)
  • Jones v. Brenda Jo Mullen d/b/a Mullen and Company, C.P.A., 100 So. 3d 490 (Miss. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Frazier v. McDonald’s Restaurants of Mississippi, Inc., 102 So. 3d 341 (Miss. Ct. App. 2012)
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