Walter W. Dukes

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Walter W. Dukes was born in Jackson, Mississippi on June 29, 1953. He was educated in the Gulfport, Mississippi public school system, graduating Gulfport East High School in 1971.

Active in various defense and insurance organizations, Walter is honored to hold membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), which is composed of leaders in legal communities worldwide. Membership in the FDCC is held exclusively for those who have been judged by their peers to have achieved professional distinction. Walter is also a

in the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honor society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. He also is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association.

Walter has the reputation of vigorously defending his clients and has been successful in achieving many dismissals of cases, thus eliminating unnecessary expenditures by his clients. During the past 10 years, Walter has worked exclusively with major case units and catastrophic units of major insurers, handling the defense of only the worst of cases such as burns, quadriplegia, paraplegia, head injuries, multiple injuries and death. Many of those cases have been resolved through dispositive motion without the necessity of any settlement proceeds being paid.

In addition to his aggressive motion practice, Walter has tried many cases over the years, some of which are reported, but many of which are not, as they were not appealed. Such trials include litigation in Charleston, West Virginia; Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; and venues throughout the State of Mississippi.

Community and civic involvement are very important in Walter's life. His services have included the following:

University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Board of Directors

University of Southern Mississippi Business Advisory Council, Board of Directors

Gulfport Police Athletic League, Board of Directors

Ethics Committee member of the Mississippi State Bar Association

And recently, Walter accepted an appointment to the Mississippi State Bar Pilot Project on mentoring young lawyers entering the practice of law.

Walter is married to the former Elaine Carolyn Wiggs of Butler, Alabama; and they have two children, Jessica and Bill, and two granddaughters. Walter and his family are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where Walter serves as an Elder on the Session.

Year Joined Firm


Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Clients

Zurich North America, Panel Counsel

CNA, Panel Counsel

ACE-INA, Panel Counsel

ESIS, Panel Counsel


Business References Available Upon Request


Ethics in Mass Tort Litigation, FDCC, 2008

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell, "AV" Rating

American Jurisprudence Award

Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2011

Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

Mississippi Bar Association

Harrison County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Chair, Ethics Committee

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Vice Chair, Projects and Objectives Committee

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Chair, State Representatives

Defense Research Institute

Litigation Counsel of America

American Health Lawyers Association

Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

Police Athletic League of Gulfport, Board of Directors

University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Former Board of Directors

University of Southern Mississippi, Business Advisory Council

Past Employment Positions

Dukes, Carruba and Dukes, Partner, 1980 - 1985

Daniel, Coker, Horton, Bell and Dukes, Attorney, 1978 - 1980

Pro Bono Activities

Serve as Counsel For Police Athletic League of Gulfport Which Provides Assistance and Support To At-Risk Children and Teenagers, 2008 - Present


Pi Kappa Alpha

Areas of Practice (39)

  • Education Law
  • Public Schools
  • Employment Law - Employer
  • Government Agencies & Programs
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • State & Local Agencies
  • Health & Health Care Law
  • Hospital Law
  • Nursing Home
  • Insurance Defense
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Complex Litigation
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • State Trial Practice
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Personal Injury - Defense
  • Assault & Battery - Defense
  • Defamation & Privacy - Defense
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents - Defense
  • Premises Liability - Defense
  • Slip and Fall - Defense
  • Wrongful Death - Defense
  • Products Liability Law
  • Asbestos
  • Firearms
  • Machinery & Tools
  • Medical Products & Devices
  • Motor Vehicle Defects
  • Recreational Products
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • State, Local & Municipal Law
  • Municipal Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation Law
  • Trucking

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
228-868-1111  Phone
228-863-2886  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Drawer W, Gulfport, MS 39501-1925
University Attended:
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, B.A., Political Science, Honors: Dean's List
Law School Attended:
Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi, J.D., cum laude
Year of First Admission:
1979, U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit; 1978, U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit; 1978, Mississippi
Birth Information:
Jackson, Mississippi, June 29, 1953
Reported Cases:
Vo v. Hancock County, 989 So. 2d 414 (Miss. 2008); Estate of Hazelton v. Cain, 950 So. 2d 231 (Miss. 2007); Hayes v. Greene County, 932 So. 2d 831 (Miss. 2005); Satchfield v. R.R. Morrison & Son, Inc., 872 So. 2d 661 (Miss. 2004); Dowdle Butane Gas Co. v. Moore, 831 So. 2d 1124 (Miss. 2002); Speed v. Scott, 787 So. 2d 626 (Miss. 2001); Western World Ins. Co. v. Fernandez (U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16690 2000).
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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