Born: Hammond, Louisiana, October 19, 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, Mississippi; 1990, Louisiana.
Education: Southeastern Louisiana College (B.A., 1986); Mississippi College School of Law (J.D., 1989). Phi Delta Phi (President, Keady Inn, 1988-1989). Chief Justice, Mississippi College Honor Court, 1988-1989. Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Contracts II and Criminal Law. Staff Member, Mississippi College Law Review, 1987-1989.
Hobbies: John is an avid runner and outdoorsman who enjoys
hunting and fishing but his favorite pastime is and spending time with his wife
and two children. His daughter sings and plays guitar while his son is active
in multiple sports.
Member: Louisiana Bar; Mississippi Bar;
Hinds County Bar Association; Louisiana Association for Justice; Mississippi
Association for Justice; The American Association of Justice; former member of the Board of Governors; and former member of the Executive Committee.
Licensed to Practice: All Federal and State Courts in Mississippi and Louisiana; United States Supreme Court.
Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation Law; Personal Injury
Law; Product Liability Law; Medical Negligence; Automobile Wrecks; 18-Wheeler
Wrecks; Maritime Law; Jones Act.
• Selected as a Super Lawyer® for 2012-2015 (Less than 5% of U.S. attorneys)
• Received the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell for ethics and legal skills for the past 15
• Nominated for inclusion in Super
Lawyer® for the last four years, including 2015.
• Has also been nominated for
membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and
National Association of Distinguished Counsel® for
• Has handled injury cases in many
states across the US.
Sample of Reported Cases:
1. Short v. Wilson Meat House, LLC, 36 So. 3d 1247, 1248 (Miss. 2010).
2. Piney Woods Country Life Sch. v. Young, 946 So. 2d 805, 807 (Miss. Ct. App. 2006).
Kukor v. Ne. Tree Serv., Inc., 77 So. 3d 1134, 1135 (Miss. Ct. App. 2011), reh'g denied (Oct. 11, 2011), cert. denied, 78 So. 3d 906 (Miss. 2012)
Barnes v. W.S. Newell, Inc., 949 So. 2d 823, 824 (Miss. Ct. App. 2006).
Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Caston, 812 So. 2d 1052, 1053 (Miss. Ct. App. 2001)
Smith v. Johnston Tombigbee Furniture Mfg. Co., 43 So. 3d 1159, 1161 (Miss. Ct. App. 2007)
Still v. Georgia-Pac. Corp., 965 F. Supp. 878, 878 (S.D. Miss. 1997)
Underwood v. McRae's, 811 So. 2d 400, 400 (Miss. Ct. App. 2001)
Ballard v. Illinois Cent. R. Co., 338 F. Supp. 2d 712, 714 (S.D. Miss. 2004)
10. McCarty Farms, Inc. v. Kelly, 811 So. 2d 250, 252 (Miss. Ct. App. 2001)
Martinez v. Swift Transp. & Ins. Co. of State of Pennsylvania, 962 So. 2d 746, 747 (Miss. Ct. App. 2007)
Scott v. KLLM, Inc., 37 So. 3d 713, 715 (Miss Ct. App. 2010)
James v. Cincinnati Inc., 243 F. App'x 25 (5th Cir. 2007); No. 06-60163
Payne v. Martin Sprocket & Gear, Inc., 146 F.3d 867 (5th Cir. 1998); No. 97-60572
15. Ayers v. Legion Ins. Co, 2006 WC
01681 (Miss. Ct. App. 2006)
16. Brown v Miller’s Insurance
Agency, Inc., et al., No. 2010-0004708, 21st JDC,
Tangipahoa Parish (September 24, 2014) $1,000,000.00 Judgment
17. Adcox v MS Dept. of Public
Safety, MS Bureau of Narcotics, # 2012-WC-01537; Court of Appeals
Affirmed January 28, 2014. Six-figure judgment Affirmed.
18. Doe v ABC Flying Service;
Agricultural Pilot crashed resulting in a six-figure settlement. (2014)
New cases reported:
Recent developments and personal information for John H.
In addition to donating his time to Jackson-area legal
services to provide pro-bono legal services, he generously donates blood to
Mississippi Blood Services. He was recently
recognized for donating over 50 pints of blood and was featured in one of their
commercials. (Click here to
view this commercial). In addition, John has appeared on local television
discussing legal issues including Workers’ Compensation, on “Law
Call.” This included injuries involving overuse, stress induced injury and
other common on the job injuries involving defective industrial products.
Recent cases of interest in 2014 include:
A Louisiana trial involving a fall wherein his client fell
at a self-service car wash and sustained a lower-leg fracture which required
multiple surgeries. Using expert testimony, the evidence proved the
Defendant created a dangerous hazard that contributed to the fall and injuries
to the client. At the conclusion of the trial, a judgment was rendered in
the amount of $1,000.000.00.
In Kansas City, MO, a client sustained multiple injuries to
both shoulders and his neck as a result of an 18-wheeler collision. These
injuries prevented the client from returning to his occupation as a truck
driver. Settlement was obtained for the maximum seven-figure insurance coverage.
John also recently achieved judgment for a law enforcement
officer who was injured on the job while rendering emergency support during and after
Hurricane Katrina on the gulf coast of Mississippi. Ultimately, this client
suffered from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as diagnosed by her physicians and was unable to
return to her career as a law enforcement officer. The Administrative Law Judge
found the Claimant to be permanently and totally disabled and awarded the
maximum benefits allowable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. The Employer exhausted all appeals at multiple levels and
ultimately appealed the case to the Mississippi Supreme Court, which affirmed the
Judge’s findings and ordered the Employer to pay the judgment in full, as well
as pay her past, present and future medical expenses for the remainder of her
lifetime. The total amount of the judgment was in excess of $200,000.00, which
does not include the value of the medical treatment.
Additionally, John represented an agricultural pilot in a
work-related injury, wherein the pilot was injured when the plane crashed during
a crop dusting maneuver. His client was severely injured and required back
surgery. A favorable settlement was obtained justifying payment of the maximum
limits under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
John also represented the family of a man who sustained a
traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle collision. A claim
was made against the automobile manufacturer, alleging a defect in the steering
system, which caused the man to lose control of the vehicle and result in the
crash. The case was resolved for a confidential amount, used to compensate
him and his family and to provide for the medical needs for the remainder
of the man’s lifetime.
While the terms of this settlement are confidential, at the
time the litigation was resolved, the manufacturer issued a massive recall on the
same model vehicle, which specifically addresses the steering mechanisms, which
we alleged to be defective. It is believed or hoped that this
claim, made on behalf of this family, may have resulted in or contributed to this recall.
Hopefully, as a result of this family’s actions in pursuing this litigation,
this recall may have prevented some other person or family from injury or
death. Sometimes it appears that litigation is required
for a company to take action that may save others from similar injury or death.
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