Phil B. Abernethy

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  • Attorney at Butler Snow LLP (365 Attorneys)
  • Renaissance at Colony Park, 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400, P.O. Box 6010, Ridgeland, MS 39157
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Phil is a seasoned litigator who focuses most of his practice on matters within the construction industry. A certified arbitrator, he has provided counsel to some of the country’s most well-known companies.


•fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
•AV - Preeminent Peer Review Rated, 1998-2017
Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
•Litigation: General Commercial - Mississippi, 2014-2018
•Litigation: Construction - Mississippi, 2014-2017
Super Lawyers
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation: Business, 2007-2018
•Top 50: Mississippi, 2007-2012
Best Lawyers in America
•Commercial Litigation, 2008-2018
•Litigation - Construction, 2011-2018
•Litigation - Construction: Lawyer of the Year [Jackson, MS], 2016
Top Lawyers, Annual Guide To Commercial Litigation American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel
Instructor, National Trial Academy, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)

In the News

•158 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 18 Named “Lawyer of the Year”
•Chambers USA 2018 Ranks 41 Butler Snow Attorneys as Leaders
•Butler Snow Ranked No. 2 in Lex Machina’s ‘Top Law Firm Report’
•106 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•147 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 18 Named “Lawyer of the Year”
•Chambers USA 2017 Ranks 45 Butler Snow Attorneys as Leaders
•102 Butler Snow Attorneys List in 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•129 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 16 Named Lawyer of the Year
•Chambers USA Ranks 40 Butler Snow Attorneys as Leaders
•117 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Asbestos, Silica and Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Economic Development
  • Catastrophic Events and Major Claims
  • Governmental Litigation
  • Construction

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(601) 985-4536  Phone
(601) 985-4500  Fax
University Attended:
Mississippi State University, B.S., Engineering, 1972
Law School Attended:
University of Mississippi, J.D., cum laude, Note Editor, Mississippi Law Journal, 1978
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. District Courts, Mississippi: Northern and Southern Districts; I.C.C. International Court of Arbitration; U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, Federal Circuit; Admitted pro hac vice in 16 states; 1979, Mississippi


•American Bar Association
•Litigation Section
•Construction Committee
•Forum Committee
•Trial Academy Faculty
•International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
•Construction Litigation Committee
•Fidelity and Surety Committee
•Trial Academy Faculty
•American Arbitration Association
•Mississippi Advisory Counsel
•National Arbitration Forum
•Certified Arbitrator
•Capital Area Bar Association
•American College of Trial Lawyers

Reported Cases:
Experience: Trial Counsel for Bridgestone-Firestone North America and Armstrong International for asbestos and silica litigation in Mississippi.; National Counsel for Figg Bridge Engineers.; Published Decisions: Upchurch Plumbing, Inc. v. Greenwood Utilities Com'n, 964 So.2d 1100 (Miss. 2007), Trial and Appellate Counsel.; Ronald Adams Contractor v. Mississippi Transportation Commission, 777 So. 2d 649 (Miss. 2000), Trial and Appellate Counsel.; Farrell Construction Company v. Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, 896 F. 2d 136 (5th Cir. 1990), Trial and Appellate Counsel.; Ronald Adams Contractor v. The United States, 2003 WL 459650 (Fed. Cir. 2003), Trial and Appellate Counsel.; Ables v. Ford Motor Company, 2006 WL 3431602 (5th Cir. 2006) and 2007 WL 273502 (Miss. 2007), Trial and Appellate Counsel; Michael Construction Company v. Florida Department of Transportation, (Leon County, Florida Circuit Court), Trial Counsel.; Abadie, et al., v. Champion International, et al. (Jefferson Parish, Louisiana) 784 So. 2d 46 (La. App. 3d Cir. 2001) Trial Counsel.; Amerihost Development, Inc. v. Bromanco, 786 So. 2d 362 (Miss. 2001), Trial and Appellate Counsel.; Murden v. Acands, Inc., (Orleans Parish, LA) 921 So. 2d 165 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2005), Trial and Appellate Counsel.

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Ridgeland, Mississippi

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    Ridgeland, MS
    Renaissance at Colony Park , 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400 , P.O. Box 6010
    Ridgeland, MS 39157

    (601) 985-4536 Phone

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