H. Rusty Comley

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H. Rusty Comley was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2006. His experience spans from general product liability litigation, to automotive and aviation litigation, to tort and construction litigation. He also represents health care providers in HIPAA breach matters and Medicare/Medicaid administrative proceedings and appeals. Rusty has argued cases before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Mississippi Supreme Court. From 1996-2003, Rusty served our country as a Captain in the Aviation Branch of the United States Army. He holds a Commercial Pilot's License (Rotary-wing) with an Instrument Rating.

Honors & Recognitions

•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
The Best Lawyers in America (2016-19, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2013-18, Personal Injury Defense: Products; 2012, Rising Star)
Portico Jackson, Portico 10 Attorneys (2015)
Mississippi College Law Review, Executive Editor
•Mississippi College Moot Court Board

Articles & Publications

Patient Health Information Breaches: What Now? [Authors: Rusty Comley and Abram Orlansky]
Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association, vol. 57 no. 8 , 07.31.2016
The Only Way to Fight and Win a Medicaid Audit - On its Own Turf [Authors: Rusty Comley and Mark Jicka]
Mississippi Medical News , 12.2012

Publications and Speaking Engagements

•“Good Counsel for Preventing and Responding to Cyberattacks facing Healthcare Providers,” 2018 Mississippi Bar Convention, Health Law Section, Miramar Brach, FL & 2019 Health Law Lagniappe, Mississippi Bar Center, Jackson, MS, March 29, 2019
• Law of Engineering Malpractice,” Halfmoon Seminar, Managing Engineering Liability & Risk Jackson, MS, March 20, 2018 (with Drew Norwood)
• Your Practice is Being Audited: Complying, Fighting, and Winning, 2017 ABA Health Law Section and Chicago Medical Society Physicians Legal Issues Conference, Chicago, IL, June 9, 2017 (with Abby Pendleton).
• Hot Topics in Healthcare, Mississippi Association of Family Physicians 2015 Spring Conference, Ridgeland, MS, April 18, 2015 (with Joyce Hall).
• Damages in Personal Injury, National Business Institute, Jackson, MS, August 27, 2014 (with Joe Baladi).

Areas of Practice (29)

  • Construction
  • Bidding and Contracts
  • Construction Claims and Disputes
  • Construction Liens
  • Construction Litigation
  • Corporate
  • Cyber Security and Data Privacy
  • Environmental and Energy
  • Emergency Management & Response
  • Healthcare
  • Agreements and Compensation Models
  • Compliance and Regulatory
  • Healthcare Litigation
  • HIPAA and Privacy
  • Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement and Third-Party Billing Claims and Audit
  • Professional Liability - Medical Practitioners
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
  • Litigation
  • Mass Tort and Repetitive Exposure
  • Retail and Hospitality
  • Toxic Tort and Chemical and Environmental Exposure
  • Product Liability
  • Automotive, Industrial, Heavy Equipment and Recreational Vehicles
  • Consumer Products
  • Professional Liability
  • False Claims Act Litigation
  • Internal Corporate Investigations and Compliance
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Appellate Advocacy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
601.965.1941  Phone
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 650, Jackson, MS 39201
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, Bachelor's Degree: Business Management, cum laude, 1996
Law School Attended:
Mississippi College School of Law, Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, 2006
Year of First Admission:
2006, Mississippi

Community & Professional

•American Bar Association
•Defense Research Institute
•Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit
•The Mississippi Bar
•Helicopter Association International Legal Referral Directory
•Aviation Insurance Association

Captain, U.S. Army, Aviation Branch, 1996-2003
Reported Cases:
Notable Cases: In the Matter of the Request of IMI Transport, Inc. (Medicaid Audit), Decision After Hearing (New York Department of Health July 21, 2016), https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/decisions; BriovaRx, LLC v. Transcript Pharmacy, Inc., 163 So. 3d 311 (Miss. Ct. App. 2015); Dorsey v. Blue Bird Corp., 2014 WL 5017894 (N.D. Miss. Oct. 6, 2014); Dunbar v. Walker, 2012-899-B (Madison Cnty. Chan. Ct. June 5, 2014); Dorsey v. Tadlock, 2012 WL 4467267 (N.D. Miss. Sept. 27, 2012); Miss-Lou Ambulance Serv., LLC v. State of Mississippi, Div. of Medicaid, G2010-1287 (Hinds Cnty. Chan. Ct. May 21, 2012); Miller v. Genie Indus., Inc., 2012 WL 161408 (N.D. Miss. Jan. 19, 2012); Lincoln Elec. Co. v. McLemore, 54 So. 3d 833 (Miss. 2010); Arroyo v. Lincoln Elec. Co., 08-WF-17980 (N.D. Ohio 2010)
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Peer Reviews

4.7/5.0 (11 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 10/23/15 in Litigation

    i have enjoyed the opportunity to work on the same defense team with Mr. Comley as well as on opposite sides of the bar. He is a very skillful practitioner and his organizational skills and courtroom demeanor are excellent. He is a man of high ethica... Read more

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 10/23/15 in Complex Commercial Litigation

    Excellent attorney and a pleasure to work with. Extremely professional

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