Margaret Z. Smith

Margaret Z. Smith: Attorney with Butler Snow LLP
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  • Renaissance at Colony Park, 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400, P.O. Box 6010, Ridgeland, MS 39157
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As a member of the Product Liability, Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation Group, Margaret focuses her practice on drug and device litigation, general litigation and product liability litigation.


Board of Directors, New State Theater

In the News

•Butler Snow Ranked No. 2 in Lex Machina’s ‘Top Law Firm Report’

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

•Author, “ When in Doubt, Assert a Rule 403, ” Practice Pointer, Jackson Young Lawyers May 2018 Newsletter, May 2018.
• Co-Author, “Does Spoliation Spoil a Product Liability Claim? Analyzing and Defending Product Liability Claims of the Product-less Claimant,” IADC, Product Liability Committee Newsletter, December 2017.
•Co-Author, “Guilty By Association? Keeping Premises Owners Safe from Liability for Criminal Acts of Third Parties: Assignment of Fault to the Real Culprit,” The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 41, Number 1, Spring 2017.
•Co-Author, “Is It Time To Erase Chalkboard Damages?” DRI, Strictly Speaking, The Newsletter of the Product Liability Committee, Volume 13, Issue 4, December 2, 2016.
•Co-Author, “Guilty By Association? Keeping Premises Owners Safe from Liability for Criminal Acts of Third Parties,” The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 40, Number 4, Winter 2016.
•Co-Author, “The Phantom of the Chalkboard - The Collateral Source Rule and ‘Billed’ versus ‘Paid’ Medical Bills,” The MDLA Quarterly, Vol. 38, Number 3, Fall 2014.
• Co-Author, An Overview of the Legal Standard Regarding Product Liability Design Defect Claims and a Fifty State Survey on the Applicable Law in Each Jurisdiction, IADC Product Liability Committee Newsletter, September 2014.
•Co-Author, Survey of Design Defect Requirements, Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 7 No. 2, 15-23 (June 2014).

Recent Blogs

•Changing Trend: Risk-Utility May No Longer Be The Favored Test for Design Defect Claims
•When in Doubt, Assert a Rule 403 Objection, Lest A Corporate Defendant’s Financial Well-being Come into Evidence Through a Backdoo

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Tort, Transportation & Specialized Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(601) 985-4405  Phone
(601) 985-4500  Fax
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, B.S., Business Administration, 2007
Law School Attended:
Mississippi College, J.D., summa cum laude, 2012; Chancellor's Honor Roll; Dean's Honor Roll; University of Mississippi Alumni Scholarship; President, Order of Omega; Executive Vice President, National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Beta Gamma Sigma; Alpha Lambda Delta
Year of First Admission:
2012, Mississippi


Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Young Lawyers Section

American Bar Association

Jackson Young Lawyers

Madison County Bar Association

Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

Capital Area Bar Association

Social Committee

Chairman, 2013-2014

Junior League of Jackson

Jackson Symphony League

Reported Cases:
Experience: George Waltman v. Engineering Plus, Inc., Circuit Court of Lauderdale County, Mississippi (summary judgment granted and then affirmed by the Mississippi Supreme Court).; Brady v. Prentiss County School District, et al., Circuit Court of Prentiss County, Mississippi (trial defense verdict).; National representation of highway product manufacturer in product liability and personal injury claims.; Russell v. FCA US LLC, United States District Court Southern District of Mississippi, Northern Division (putative class action dismissed on early motion).; Amy Adams and Charles Adams v. Energizer Holdings, Inc., et al., United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division (product liability claim dismissed on early motion).; Young v. City of Richland, Mississippi, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division (civil rights violation claim dismissed on early motion).; Browning v. Beau Rivage Resorts, Inc., et al., Circuit Court of Harrison County, Mississippi (summary judgment for defense).; Vann v. City of Southaven, Mississippi, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (amicus brief in support of appellants, which led to the Fifth Circuit panel granting a motion for rehearing, withdrawing a prior unfavorable opinion, and substituting for a new opinion).

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    Renaissance at Colony Park , 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400 , P.O. Box 6010
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