Orlando R. Richmond, Sr.

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“Richmond was described by one industry competitor as having ‘one of the best courtroom presences in the industry’... ‘Rod is fantastic,’ enthuses a peer. ‘He is a former military man who doesn’t flinch at trying cases in very difficult, plaintiff-friendly venues like Atlantic City and Philadelphia, and he manages to bring a calm, pleasant demeanor to what could be very ugly proceedings. It works - he sways the juries.’” Editorial from Benchmark Litigation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America (2019)

Recognized as one of Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, Rod Richmond is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and American College of Trial Lawyers and an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has nearly 30 years of experience and served as lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous jury trials in state, federal and military venues. He has tried at least 60 cases to verdict, and his trial practice over the past several years has primarily focused on mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical products, toxic torts and environmental issues. In addition to his product liability practice, he also defends Attorneys General consumer protection litigation for clients in a variety of industries.

He is typically called upon to prepare and try cases in challenging venues with significant amounts in controversy. AmLaw’s The Litigation Daily profiled him as its Litigator of the Week, May 11, 2018 , for his defense verdict in a bellwether Pradaxa product liability trial, and Law360 featured him as one of its 2016 Trial Pros . He is known for his courtroom presence, calm demeanor at trial and oral advocacy skills. He has extensive experience and success in converting medical, scientific and industry information into presentations that are easy for juries to understand.

Rod is listed by a variety of other industry publications, including Chambers USA, LMG Life Sciences, The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence, Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences, and Mid-South Super Lawyers. He has spoken on trial and litigation-related topics at prestigious industry conferences, including ACI’s Drug and Medical Device Litigation Seminar and IADC’s Corporate Counsel College.

Rod was profiled by the American College of Trial Lawyers in “Fellows as Ministers: Calling and Practice Not Mutually Exclusive,” Journal, Issue 89, Spring 2019, for serving as a pastor of Northside Christian Church in West Point, Mississippi. He is a member of the West Point, Mississippi Hall of Fame. He has served as City Attorney for West Point since 2005. He is a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, past president of the Mississippi Bar Association’s Litigation/General Practice Section, and served on the Mississippi Governor’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee. His litigation career began as a Marine Corps JAG Officer, and he was nominated for Outstanding Young Marine Corps Lawyer for his work.


•West Point, Mississippi Hall of Fame
•fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
•fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
•fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
•Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
Benchmark Litigation
•Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2019
•Litigation Star - Nationwide and Mississippi
The AmLaw Litigation Daily
•Litigator of the Week, May 11, 2018
Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,
•Product Liability & Mass Torts-Nationwide, 2015-2018
Best Lawyers in America
•Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2011-2019
Super Lawyers
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury - Products: Defense, 2006-2007, 2011-2018
•AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rated, 2012-2017
•Life Sciences Star, LMG Life Sciences
Who’s Who Legal
Product Liability Defence
•Feature Cover Story, Premiere Edition, Greater Mississippi Attorney at Law Magazine, June 2012
•Former Member, Mississippi Governor’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee
•City Attorney, West Point, Mississippi, 2005-Present
•Clay County’s Top 40 Over 40, Daily Times Leader, 2008
•Nominee, Outstanding Young Marine Corps Lawyer, 1992
•Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps, 1991-1994

In the News

•Butler Snow’s Orlando R. Richmond, Sr. Profiled by American College of Trial Lawyers
•Butler Snow Attorney Orlando R. Richmond, Sr. Named Among Benchmark Litigation’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers
•Litigators of the Week: A Compassionate - But Effective - Product Liability Defense - The AmLaw Litigation Daily
•Butler Snow’s Orlando R. Richmond, Sr. Named AmLaw Litigation Daily Co-Litigator of the Week
•Chambers USA 2018 Ranks 41 Butler Snow Attorneys as Leaders
•Who’s Who Legal Recognizes 10 Butler Snow Attorneys
•Butler Snow Ranked No. 2 in Lex Machina’s ‘Top Law Firm Report’
•Butler Snow Named Product Liability Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation
•106 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•Orlando R. Richmond, Sr. Inducted as a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers - Mississippi Business Journal
•Butler Snow Recognized by 2017 LMG Life Sciences Awards
•Orlando R. Richmond, Sr. Inducted as a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
•147 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 18 Named “Lawyer of the Year”
•Butler Snow Ranked One of USA’s Leading Product Liability Firms by Who’s Who Legal
•Chambers USA 2017 Ranks 45 Butler Snow Attorneys as Leaders
•On the Move: New hires, promotions, recognition - The Clarion-Ledger
•On the Move: New hires, recognition, appointments - The Clarion Ledger
•Orlando R. Richmond, Sr. Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
•Trial Pros: Rod Richmond - Law 360
•102 Butler Snow Attorneys List in 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•Butler Snow Attorneys Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2016
•Chambers USA Ranks 40 Butler Snow Attorneys as Leaders
•Law360 Names Product Liability Trials to Watch in 2015 - Butler Snow Represented in Three
•Jones, Richmond and Thames Named Life Science Stars in LMG Life Sciences 2014
•117 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Jones, Thames and Richmond Named Life Science Stars
•Jones, Thames and Richmond Named Life Science Stars in LMG Life Sciences 2012
•Attorney at Law Magazine - Orlando R. Richmond, Sr. - Attorney of the Month

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

•Presenter, “Real Life Tips and Instruction for Today’s Litigator,” Memphis Bar Association CLE, Memphis, Tenn., November 8, 2017.
•Panelist, “Striking Back Against Innovative Third Party Litigation Funding and Aggressive Attorney Advertising,” ACI Drug & Medical Device Litigation Conference, New York, N.Y., December 2016.
•Panelist and Moderator, “The Impact of Social Media, Advertising and Litigation Financing,” IADC Corporate Counsel College, Chicago, Ill., April 2016.
•Author, “Discovery From The Perspective of Closing Argument, ” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 6 No. 3, September 2013.
•Presenter, “The Closing Argument: Objectives, Obligations and Objections,” Magnolia Bar Association Fall CLE, Jackson, Miss., November 2013.
•Presenter, “Reimagining Discovery through the Prism of Closing Argument,” DRI Annual Young Lawyers Seminar, Las Vegas, Nev., June 20, 2013.
•Presenter, “Current Juror Perceptions of the FDA and the FDA Defense: A Focus Group Analysis,” DRI Conference, New York, N.Y., May 16, 2013.
•Presenter, “Opening Statements,” Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Federal Express Worldwide Headquarters, Memphis, Tenn., November 2010.
•Presenter, “Building Your Civil Trials,” National Business Institute, July 2010.
•Presenter, “The Art of the Settlement,” National Business Institute, September 2009.
•Presenter, “The Opening Statement: A Lasting Impression, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Roy Smith” (based on A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger), Mississippi Bar Litigation Section, January 2009.
•Presenter, “Red Hot Topics in Litigation: What’s the Damage? Apportionment of Fault,” Mississippi Bar Convention, Summer School for Lawyers, July 2008.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Drug and Device Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(601) 985-4543  Phone
(601) 985-4500  Fax
University Attended:
Jackson State University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 1986
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University, J.D., National Champion, Moot Court, Phi Kappa Phi, Clerkship, Judge Herbert B. Dixon, Jr., District of Columbia Superior Court, 1989-90, 1989
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit; 1989, Pennsylvania; U.S. District Courts, Mississippi: Northern and Southern Districts; 1994, Mississippi


American Bar Association

Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

Mississippi Bar Association

Bench-Bar Liaison Committee

Litigation/General Practice Section

Past President, 2003-2005

Workers' Compensation Section

Past Executive Committee Member

Magnolia Bar Association

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

Capital Area Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Experience: The below are some of Rod's recent trials and significant results: Gallam v. Boehringer Ingelheim, Case No. CPL-HHD CV-16-6067874-S, Connecticut Superior Court at Hartford, 2018 (Co-Lead Defense Counsel). Litigator of the Week: A Compassionate - But Effective - Product Liability Defense, The American Lawyer's The Litigation Daily, May 11, 2018: Boehringer Scores 2 nd Bellwether Win in Conn. Pradaxa Suit, Law360, May 7, 2018:.; Slemp v. Johnson & Johnson et al., Case No. 1422-CC09326-01, 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri, 2017 (Lead Defense Counsel). J&J, Backed by Battalion of Lawyers, Opens 5th Talcum Powder Trial, The National Law Journa l, April 11, 2017:.; Elliott v. El Paso Corp., et al., 181 So. 3d 263 (Miss. 2015) (Lead Defense Counsel). Summary judgment affirmed on appeal.; Kristufek v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America Inc., Case No. 120702275, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 2015 (Lead Defense Counsel).; Andrews v. Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., Greenblatt v. Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., and Gaghan v. Hoffmann-La Roche; Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County, 2011 (Lead Defense Counsel). Roche Win Upheld in 'Twin Peaks' Star's Accutane Case, Law360, August 4, 2014:.; Rossitto v. Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., Case No. ATL-l-7481-10-MT and v. Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., Case No. 002644-03, Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County, 2012 (Lead Defense Counsel).

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